Wire Square Knot Gemstones and Beads Earring Jewelry Making Project          Page 1

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First let's discuss why these earrings are called Square Knot earrings.  The reason is simple, in these earrings we do in wire, what is done in rope to make a square knot.  In rope the knot may not appear identical to these earrings because in rope the knot pulls tightly together.  Because wire is stiffer than rope, this square knot in wire is more open. 

This Square Knot Gemstones and Beads jewelry making project is an advanced beginners project.  We made these earrings in three sizes and in three different combinations of beads/gemstones.  The earrings shown at right use 8mm Aquamarine gemstones along with a 4mm bicone Swarovski aqua bead.  The earrings far-left use an 8mm round Swarovski violet bead.  The earrings near-left use 7mm Paula Radke dichroic glass beads. 

For beginners you will find that it will be easier to make these earrings using 20 gauge wire, but the finished earrings will have a more bold appearance when made with 18 gauge wire.  It may be a good idea to practice the technique using 20 gauge wire. 

Step-by-step instructions for making these earrings begin on the next page.  We will start with the instructions for making the earrings shown above-right. 
 

Jewelry Making Supplies Tools Required
  • 16 inches of 18 or 20 gauge wire.  Half hard wire is preferred if available
  • One pair of commercial ear wires or 6 inches of 20 gauge 1/2 hard wire. 
  • One 8mm round gemstone
  • One 8mm low wall bezel setting like item 3212 in our internet store.
  • Two head pins
  • Two 6, 7 or 8mm beads
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig tool with 1 regular metal peg
  • 3/16" Super Peg for the WigJig
  • Ruler
  • 45 minutes of free time

Skills Required:

  • Ability to round nose pliers to make loops in  wire.
  • Ability to wrap wire around itself to make a wrapped loop.
  • Ability to wrap wire around pegs on a jewelry making jig to make wire components.
  • Ability to wrap wire around itself to make a wire component permanent.

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