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3 Raindrop Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectAt right we show three larger versions of these Raindrop earrings without the chain.  These three designs were inspired by many fashion magazines and by female movie stars who have been seen wearing similar earrings in a variety of sizes.  These earrings are a beginners project when made in 18 gauge, are more advanced when made in 16 gauge and are an advanced project when made in 14 gauge.  In this case, the larger the wire the more difficult it is to shape and the more skill required to make the earrings.  The earrings shown here were made without beads for the simple reason that the earrings in the magazines and worn by the movie stars did not have beads.  Beads and/or gemstones could be added to these earrings using the techniques described previously.  Our step-by-step jewelry making instructions begin below.

Step 1:    Cut a segment of soft wire that is 5 1/2 inches long for the small earrings, 6 1/2 inches long for the medium earrings and 7 1/2 inches long for the large earrings.  Practice making these earring with 18 gauge wire.  For those of you who get satisfied with the product with 18 gauge wire, then try 16 gauge wire.  Finally, for advanced wire workers you can try 14 gauge wire.  14 gauge wire makes a bolder appearing and more permanent earring, but is much more difficult to work with. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the wire.  Please note that making a loop in 14 or 16 gauge wire uses a different technique than one would use for making a loop in 18 gauge wire.  Please visit this web page to view how to make a loop in 14 or 16 gauge wire. 

Step 3:  Hold your wire segment by the loop and using your nylon jaw pliers, repeatedly pull the wire through the jaws of the pliers until the wire segment is straight. 

These instructions continue on the next page.

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