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I try to name earrings either based upon what they look like, what they remind me of, or how I got the idea for the earring design.  These particular earrings remind me of an Easter dinner in Frederick, MD, where one of our friends, Ashleigh, was wearing designer earrings similar to these.  Her earrings had been cast out of a single piece of metal.  My challenge was to connect a larger piece of metal for the body of the earring with a smaller piece of metal for the ear wire post.  For the earrings at right, the body of the earring is 18G sterling silver and the ear wire post is 20G sterling silver.  The connection is made with a loop in the earring body and by wrapping the thinner, 20G wire around the body several times.  This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.


Ashleigh's Earrings

  Jewelry Supplies:

Tools Required:

  • 6 inches of 20G 1/2 hard sterling silver jewelry wire
  • 6 inches of 18G sterling silve wire
  • Two sterling silver earring clutches
  • Two beads (optional)
  • Two head-pins (optional)

 

  • Round Nose Pliers

  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (Optional)

  • Flush Cutter

  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers

  • Any WigJig acrylic jig

  • 3 metal pegs

  • 3 ounce can (I used mushroom can)

  • Cup Bur or nail file.

  • 20 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig to measure distances and bend wire.

  • Ability to wrap 20G wire around larger wire to make a tight coil and post for earrings.

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This WigJig jewelry making project is provided as part of WigJig University - College of Jewelry Making Designs.  We try to provide interesting jewelry projects using beads, jewelry wire and other jewelry supplies.  We hope that these pictures will provide you enough information for you to complete this project.  Some of the skills and jewelry making techniques have not been discussed here.  For beginners, we suggest that you visit our Beginners Start Here pages. These pages discuss the skills necessary for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need. We also suggest that beginners to jewelry making might need to visit the WigJig University College of Jewelry Making Techniques for additional information about some of the skills and techniques shown. 

 Most, but not all of the jewelry supplies shown here can be purchased in our WigJig store.  We try to have a complete selection of jewelry supplies in our store including chain, wire, glass beads, findings, watches, tools, etc.