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is an alternative design for our Interchangeable earrings. This
design was made on our WigJig Centaur and replaces the gold-tone end cap
bead used in the first alternative with a small eye loop. For this
alternative the beads are interchangeable just as they were for our
The peg pattern for this design is shown below-right. This design uses three regular metal pegs and one 5/16" Super Peg. As stated above, the peg patterns is shown on the WigJig Centaur, using the rounded portion of the Centaur. When making this design, the loop made initially on peg 1, is going to be cut off during finishing of the earring, so you can conserve wire by making only a partial loop.
Step 1: Begin with a 3 inch segment of 20 gauge wire (1/2 hard or soft will work, but 1/2 hard is preferred).
Step 2: Make your initial 1/2 loop and straighten your wire.
Step 3: Place your initial 1/2 loop on peg 1. Add peg 2 to the jig (without peg 3 and 4 as they would be in the way at this point.
Step 4: Bend the wire around peg 2 so that it almost rests against the left hand side of peg 1.
Step 5: Add peg 3, a 5/16" Super Peg, and wrap your wire around peg 3 so that it rests adjacent to the left hand side of the empty hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied.
Step 6: Add peg 4 and bend the wire against peg 4 as shown above.
Step 7: Remove the wire from your jig and cut the excess wire about 5/16" from the bend made at peg 4.
Step 8: Now we need to make the small loop just above the bend at peg 2. The loop that we are going to make here keeps your beads from falling off the front of the earrings. Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the wire just above the bend made on peg 2 and bend the wire segment from peg 1 90 degrees. See the picture at right for how the wire should look after the bend is completed.
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This WigJig jewelry making project is provided as part of WigJig University - College of Jewelry 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 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 making jewelry might need to visit the WigJig University College of Jewelry 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.