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3 Raindrop Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Design Step 8Step 8:  With 18 gauge wire there are two ways to finish the top of the earrings.  If you view the tip of the raindrop wire component shown at right, you can see that the 18g wire component is finished with an modified figure 8 connector.  (Our instructions for making this jewelry component can be found here.)  The connector at the top of the two 14 gauge earrings shown at right were made with 24 gauge wire wrapped tightly around the two loops holding them in position.  For beginners the modified figure 8 connector is by far Step 8 to Raindrop Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Projectthe easier option.  Unfortunately with 14 gauge wire the only option is the wrapped 24 gauge wire.  You can view a close-up of this approach at left.  The two loops of the raindrop wire component are at the bottom of the picture, the loop in the ear wire is at the top and the wrapped 24 gauge wire is in between the two.  To complete this wrapped 24 gauge wire, first, wrap two loops of the 24 gauge wire tightly around the two loops at the top of the raindrop wire component.  Pull these two loops tight by using your bent chain nose pliers and then wrap the shorter end of the wire around the longer end of the wire.  Cut the excess wire on the shorter wire segment and squeeze the cut end flat.  Finish the loop at the top using the longer end of the wire by making a regular wrapped loop.  The technique for making a wrapped loop can be found here. 

Step 9:  Open the loop in a pair of conventional ear wires and connect them to the loop at the top of the modified figure 8 connector or wrapped 24 gauge wire.  The technique for opening and closing loops is discussed here.  When you have done this for both earrings you are done.  Get ready for walking down the runway, but don't be surprised if you see someone else wearing these same earrings. 

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