Lisa's Earrings and Pendant
Designer www.wigjig.com
Skill Level Intermediate

Materials

16 gauge craft wire - 24"
15mm large Beads - 3 pcs
20 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire - 8"
Ear Wires - 1 pair
21 gauge Half-Round Soft Flex Craft Wire (or 22 or 24 Gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire) - 12"
Chain with a Clasp - 18"-24"

Tools

Round Nose Pliers
Cutters
Chain Nose or Bent Nose Pliers
Any WigJig with 1 Metal Peg
7/8" Super Peg for your Jig or a Spiral Maker for Jig Nylon Jaw Pliers

Instructions

For Lisa's Earrings



We will begin this project with the instructions for making the earrings. The pendant design will be discussed after we have completed the earrings. For ease of description we will call the wire component that is the basis for these earrings the raindrop wire component because it is in the shape of a raindrop.


Step 1:
Straighten a segment of 16 gauge wire 7 1/2 inches long. Cut this segment with your flush cutter. Either Soft or 1/2 hard wire will work, although 1/2 hard wire may be slightly easier to use. (Practice making this piece in 18 gauge practice wire several times before trying the 16 gauge wire.)

Step 2: Using your step jaw pliers make a "P" loop in one end of the wire. This loop should be sized to fit over the regular metal peg for your jig. Directions for making a "P" loop in 16 gauge wire are different than the directions for making a loop in 18 or 20 gauge wire.

Step 3: Grasp the wire by the loop and straighten the wire with your nylon jaw pliers. It is very important that your wire be very straight. This piece has longer sections of straight wire and any bends in the wire will be obvious errors in your finished piece.

Step 4: Position one metal peg and the 7/8" Super Peg from our set of Large Round Super Pegs in your jig as shown. Your Spiral Maker can be used instead of the 7/8" Large Round Super Peg if you don't have the Super Peg. Peg one is 1 3/4" from the center of peg 2. You can use the same pattern on any of our WigJig tools as long as you separate the two pegs by about 1 3/4 to 2 inches measured from the centers of each peg.



Step 5: Place the initial loop in your wire on peg 1 and wrap the wire completely around peg 2. Continue to wrap the wire back up to peg 1, eventually wrapping the wire completely around peg 1. In the picture at right, for the initial loop, the "P" was backwards, or pointing to the left, with the wire tail on the right side of peg 1. After wrapping the wire around peg 2, the wire is positioned below and on the left side of peg 1 and then wrapped around peg 1. While pushing the wire during the wrap, push with your thumb as close to the pegs as practical.



Step 6: Remove the wire from the jig. The wire will spring apart slightly as shown. This is normal.



Step 7: In order to finish this piece, we need to insert both loops in this wire component into the jaws of your step jaw pliers as shown at right. The loop with the wire tail should be inserted last so that it will be on top. Hold the wire firmly in your pliers and wrap the wire tail around the "throat" of the raindrop about 4 times.



Step 8: Remove the wire from the jaws of your pliers. When the wrap is completed, the wrapped piece should appear as shown at left.



Step 9: At this point you may have a short amount of excess wire. Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire and replace the two loops back into your step jaw pliers so that you can squeeze the cut end of the wire flat. Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire so that it lays flat.

Step 10: In order for this earring to hang properly we need to make a modified figure 8 connector to connect between the top of the raindrop wire component and your ear wire finding. Using about 1 3/4" of 18 or 20 gauge wire, make a modified figure 8 connector as described here. One loop in this modified connector will need to be larger to accommodate the two larger loops in the raindrop. The smaller loop in the modified figure 8 connector will connect to you ear wire finding.

Step 11: Connect the modified figure 8 connector between your raindrop wire component and your ear wire finding by opening the loops in the modified figure 8 connector, making the connection, then closing the loops.

Step 12: Now we are ready to add the bead to the bottom of the earring. This is easiest to do with 21 gauge 1/2 round wire, but 22 or 24 gauge round wire will work. About 3 inches of wire are required per earring. Use your round nose pliers and make a very small "U" shaped bend in the wire about 3/4" from one end.



Step 13: Position the "U" shaped bend on one side of your raindrop wire component as shown at right.



Step 14: Tightly wrap the smaller gauge wire around one side of your raindrop wire component. Wrap the wire three full turns and squeeze the wrapped wire firmly with your bent chain nose pliers to set the wrap in place.

Step 15: At this point you need to add your beads to the small gauge wire. For the earrings shown here we used one 16mm bead and two size 8 topaz silver-lined seed beads on each earring.

Step 16: Holding the beads in position, wrap the other side of the small gauge wire round the opposite side of the raindrop wire component. Wrap three times as we did on the opposite side and squeeze the wrapped wire flat with your bent chain nose pliers. Cut the excess wire and squeeze the cut wire flat. This completes your first Lisa's Earring. Make a second earring following the same steps.


For Lisa's Pendant



Making this pendant follows all the same steps as the earrings with a couple of exceptions. These exceptions result from the fact that this pendant is larger than the earrings.

Step 1:
Instead of using 7 1/2 inches of wire as we did for the earrings, we use 9 1/2 inches of wire to make the pendant. The peg pattern for making the pendant is shown at right on the WigJig Delphi. For the pendant, the regular metal peg is about 2 5/8" from the center of the 7/8" Super Peg or Spiral Maker. This same spacing would apply to any other jig you use to make the pendant. All of the other steps for making the raindrop wire component are the same.



Step 2: To connect the top of the raindrop to your chain, we made a wire component with wrapped loops instead of using the modified figure 8 connector we used for the earrings. This connector is essentially a wrapped bead link, but without the bead. The technique for making this connector is shown here. For this connector, the loops are perpendicular to one another so that the pendant will hang normally. The chain we used was 18 inches of commercial chain with a clasp attached to each end using the wrapped bead link.

Step 3: If you have large beads and are seeking a way to display them in a pendant, the above approach is a good one. For this project we used a 7/8" Super Peg. If your bead is slightly smaller, you could have used a 6/8" Super Peg or a 13/16" Super Peg from the set of three Large Round Super Pegs. If you use the smaller Super Peg, we suggest shortening the distance between the two pegs.

Please develop your own combination of large beads with the raindrop wire component described here so that you can make a pendant that is unique to you. At that point, the pendant would no longer be Lisa's Pendant, but would instead be yours. We hope you like this design.


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.