WigJig Beaded Earrings
Designer www.wigjig.com
Skill Level Beginner

Materials

20 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire (any color) - approx. 8"
4mm Clear Fire Polished Beads - 2 pcs
4mm Jet Black AB Finish Fire Polished Beads - 4 pcs

Tools

Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Any Wig Jig
Burr Cup

Instructions

Step 1: Using your flush cutter, cut a segment of 20 gauge Craft Wire 4 inches long.

Step 2: Using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers, make a half-loop in one end of this wire. (A full loop is not necessary as the loop will be cut off as we finish the earrings.)

Step 3: Hold the wire segment by the half-loop you just made and straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 4: Position peg 1 and 2 in your jig using one of the patterns shown above. Place your half-loop on peg 1 and bend the wire against peg 2 as shown. Push the wire with your fingers close to the pegs so that the bends will be sharp. Push the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.

Step 5: Add peg 3 to the pattern and bend your wire against peg 3 as shown above.

Step 6: Remove the wire from your jig and add your beads to the wire. A combination of three 4mm beads or two 4mm beads surrounding one 6mm bead will all work.

Step 7: Using the tips of your bent chain nose pliers grasp the wire with the beads pushed toward the bend made on peg 3.

Step 8: Now bend the wire so that it completes the triangle shape.

Step 9: At this point we need to grasp the wire tail where it crosses the wire segment made between pegs 2 and 3, and bend the wire horizontal. As we did before, grasp the wire close to the tips of your pliers. When completed, your wire should appear as shown below.

Step 10: We are now ready to wrap the wire tail around the wire segment made between pegs 2 and 3. To make this wrap easier, we will start the wrap with our round nose pliers. Grasp the wire with the tips of your round nose pliers as shown above. Push the end of the wire about 1/4 to 1/2 way around the jaws of your pliers.

Step 11: With the wrap begun using your round nose pliers, we finish the wrap by grasping the wire component tightly in our bent chain nose pliers and pushing the wire around about 2 times.

Step 12: Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter and using a second pair of chain nose pliers squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire so that it will lay flat. Your wire component should appear as shown below.

Step 13: Measure 3/8" to 7/16" from the bend made on peg 2 (toward the half-loop originally on peg 1) and cut the excess wire with the flat side of your cutter toward the finished piece.

Step 14: Using a burr cup, jeweler's file, or fine nail file, file the end of the cut wire so that it is smooth and rounded.

Step 15: Using your round nose pliers grip the wire 1/8" from the cut end. Squeeze your pliers while you rotate the piece. This will make a small groove in the wire that will be the notch for the ear clutch to hold the earrings on while wearing.


Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.