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Jewelry Making Tutorial Lesson 1

Updated on July 24, 2013

Make your own designer's jewels - lesson 1

I Truly love crafting amazing semi precious jewelry for me and for my family members and girlfriends that I decided to create a crash course for anyone that wants to learn the wire wrapping technique for crafting jewels. If you are tired of paying an expensive price for quality jewelry pieces or looking into to starting your own jewelry business this crash course on technique might just be what you need to get a push start! Learn how to make your own Designer Jewelry pieces with me. These Free tutorials will teach you, step by step, how to produce amazing jewelry pieces using the wire wrapping technique, which can be quite diverse and does not need a studio to work from. A small table, great lighting and creativity will be the only necessary things to create a great environment to design gorgeous jewels. Since this is my first lesson I will start by teaching you how to create simple pieces of jewelry and in the process you will not only create skills to become a excellent jewelry designer but you will also learn a technique that will eventually allow you to express yourself thru your jewels! So lets get started.

This long drop earrings is a very classic design and can be created in many different type of beads, stones, metals, recycled glass, and many other resourceful, creative or glamorous materials. For this piece I used 14 gold filled wire and findings as well as a Green Jade Oval Stone that is center drilled. Jade is my birth stone so I thought it would be a fantastic idea to create a piece for me. But don't worry I will make sure to make few extras and have them available in my online store in case you fall in love and maybe to not have the time to indulge in the craft.

Last updated: 07/23/13

Lesson 1 - Long Dangle Earrings

Lesson 1 -  Long Dangle Earrings
Lesson 1 - Long Dangle Earrings
Wire wrapping jewelry making tools
Wire wrapping jewelry making tools

Jewelry making tools for Wire Wrapping

These 4 pieces of hardware are all the necessary tools you will need to create any type of wire wrapping jewelry.

1- Flat Nose Pliers

2- Round Nose Pliers

3- Cutter

4- Chain Nose Pliers

Today we will be using tools number 1, 2 and 3

This set is a professional set which is more expensive than regular tools but are spectacular to work with. However other sets and individual tools can easily be found at Michael's, Home Depot and also on-line for under $25 each.

Materials - Lesson 1
Materials - Lesson 1

Materials I used - Lesson 1

Below is a list of all the materials I used to craft this fun Gold filled jade long drop earrings:

2 inches- 14kt gold filled chain ( cut in 2 inch pieces)

2 pieces- 14kt gold filled head pin ( 24 or 26 gage )

2 pieces- 14kt gold filled french wires or lever backs

2 pieces- Oval Green Jade center drilled.

Now you can follow the step by step instructions Bellow!

Step 1

Step 1: match the stones, make sure that they are about the same size, color and texture. many times they will not be perfect but make sure you get as close as you can. Manufactured beads and pearls tend to be perfect matches, while natural stone some variation is expected. Also, cut the chain in two one inch strips. Make sure to count the loops and have the same exact number of links.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 2

Step 2: Using your round nose pliers, gently open the french wire, or lever back so you can insert one side of the chain. Once you insert the chain link you can then use the pliers to close the french wires. Once close make sure that they are secured and if necessary use the flat nose wire to completely seal the gap.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3

Step 3: Reap the step 3 and make sure that the chain in both pieces are secure. Insert the Head pins into the drilled stones. Also, using the Round nose pliers close to the stone, wrap around the left over wire from the head pin and gently push your hand forward to create a wire loop that is similar to a question mark.

Step 4

Step 4: Closer view of the question mark loop. sing your round nose pliers hold the loop on its side and using the flat pliers you push the excess side of the wire towards the top of the loop creating an almost perfect circle.

Step 5
Step 5

Step 5

Step 5: Slide the chain inside the loop and holding the loop with your round nose pliers you then hold the top wire with the flat pliers and loop it around the wire 3 times going in the direction of the stone. The excess wire from the head pin must then be cut using your jewelry cutter. Make sure to cut as close to the stone as possible without leaving any hard edges. If you feel any sharpness around the stone make sure to squeeze the wire in gently using your flat nose wire

Step 6
Step 6

Step 6

Step 6: Display, Wear and Enjoy this amazing Earring Design!

Make sure to come back as I release more lessons! LESSON 2 - Double drop link Earrings (In this lesson we will learn how to make wire connections, which are essential for necklace design).

Similar earrings that I crafted with different gemstones

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