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These jewelry making project is called Wishbone Earrings if you are making them for yourself.  They just look like the wishbone in a chicken or turkey.  If they are a gift, or for sale, then they would be "Remembrance Earrings" because it sounds nicer than wishbone and they do look like the ribbon that symbolizes remembrance.  We will show four alternative styles for these earrings and discuss several other design alternatives.  (The earrings shown at right use Paula Radke 6mm Dichroic Glass Beads.)

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Wishbone Earrings

Jewelry Supplies:

Tools Required:

  • 5 inches of 20G 1/2 hard gold-filled or sterling silver wire
  • 6 inches of 24G 1/2 hard gold-filled or sterling silver wire
  • Two 3mm or 5mm gold-filled or sterling silver end cap beads
  • Several glass beads of your choosing
  • 3 inches of gold-filled or sterling silver chain
  • Several gold-filled or sterling silver head-pins
  • Two Ear Wire findings
  • Jeweler's Cement
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig acrylic jig
  • 3 metal pegs for the jig
  • File or nail file
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (optional)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig to make a wire component.
  • Ability to use fine gauge wire to wrap a wire component closed (replacing solder). 
  • Ability to glue end cap beads to wire using Jeweler's Cement
  • Ability to connect an ear wire to a wire component.

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This WigJig jewelry 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 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 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.