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Queen of Clubs Wire and Beads Earrings

Instructions provided by WigJig
A76P
STEP 1
Cut two 2-inch segments of 20-gauge wire. 1/2 hard wire is preferred if available.
STEP 2
Now we need to make a loop at one end of the 2-inch wire segment. This is a multi-step process. First, grasp the wire in your round-nose pliers, with just a very small amount of wire sticking through the jaws of the pliers. Hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand.
STEP 3
Using the thumb on your dominant hand push the wire up and over the jaws of the pliers until the wire is resting against the opposite side of the pliers. Push with your thumb as close to the pliers as possible. At the same time that you are pushing with your dominant hand, rotate the pliers a small amount in the opposite direction with your non-dominant hand.
STEP 4
You will not be able to push the wire in one step to form a complete loop for the simple reason that the jaws of the pliers will get in your way. At this point there will be a slight gap in the wire, between the end of the wire and the rest of the wire. To close this gap you need to re-position the wire in the jaws of your pliers.
STEP 5
Once you have repositioned the wire, push some more so that the wire forms the letter ''P'' with the shaft of the P in contact with the end of the loop in the P.
STEP 6
Once you have a loop in the end of your wire, grasp the wire by the loop and pull the stem of the loop through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers several times to straighten the wire.
STEP 7
Now using a WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite, Delphi or Centaur, position two pegs in your jig as shown. Place the initial loop in your wire on the lower of the two pegs, peg 1.
STEP 8
Using the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand, push the wire with your finger as close to peg 2 as possible. While you are pushing the wire with the tip of your index finger on your dominant hand, rotate the jig counter-clockwise using your non-dominant hand. Using your index finger guide the wire up and over peg 1 until the wire is in the position shown at left.
STEP 9
Add peg 2 to your pattern and remove the wire from the jig. Replace the wire back on the jig in the mirror image position as shown. The reason that the wire was removed from the jig and flipped over is that the finished piece that results will lay flatter by doing this.
STEP 10
Now we need to wrap the wire around peg 2 a second time. We do this by pushing the wire with the index finger on our dominant hand while we rotate the jig in a counter-clockwise direction using our non-dominant hand. Guide the wire with your index finger over peg 1 until the wire rests in the position shown.
STEP 11
Remove the wire from your jig and grasp the clover component you made on pegs 1, 2 and 3 in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. Squeeze gently in several orientations until the wire settles into its final shape and then give the wire a good firm squeeze.
STEP 12
Remove the wire from the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. At this point the wire should appear as shown at left. If the wire doesn't appear exactly like this, this is the time to do some "Hand Finishing" and maneuver the wire using your round-nose pliers and your fingers into this shape.
STEP 13
Add a bead to the wire. Slide the bead all the way onto the wire until it is in contact with the clubs wire component made in your jig.
STEP 14
Using your bent chain-nose pliers, grasp the wire immediately above the bead. Please note the orientation of the clubs component in the image. You are looking at the edge of the clubs wire component in the picture.
STEP 15

Using your thumb, push the wire over 90 degrees. When completed, the wire component should appear as shown below.
STEP 16
Now we need to make a loop at the top of the wire component. We begin by grasping the wire close to the bend that we made in Step 15, but on the horizontal side of the bend.
STEP 17
Using your thumb, push the wire up and over the jaw of your round-nose pliers. You will not be able to complete the loop here in one motion as the jaws of your pliers and the bead on the wire will get in your way.
STEP 18
To complete the loop at this position, you will first need to reposition the wire in the jaws of your pliers. This is accomplished by relaxing your grip with your pliers, moving the wire until you get it into position as shown, then tightening the grip with your pliers. You want to make certain that all of the wire in the loop is touching your pliers. This is accomplished by sliding the wire in or out on your round-nose pliers. In essence, we are gripping the wire at the same point in your round-nose pliers as you did in Step 17 so that the loop in the wire will be a circle. If you grip the wire at a different point in the jaws of your round-nose pliers, the loop won't be round.
STEP 19
Now we are ready to complete the loop. Push the wire the rest of the way around to complete the loop at the top of the wire component.
STEP 20
Release the wire from your pliers and view the loop at the top of the wire component. If the loop isn't centered above the bead and clubs wire component, this is the time to manually center the loop. Should you need to adjust the loop you do this by inserting your round-nose pliers all the way into the loop and then rotating your pliers left or right until the loop is centered.
STEP 21
At this point, we could grasp the loop with our bent chain-nose pliers and wrap the wire around the stem of the clubs wire component, or we can cut the excess wire. For this beginner's project we will cut the excess wire. Using your flush-cutters, with the flat side of the cutter toward the finished piece, cut the wire at the point where it overlaps. After the cut, the wire component will appear as shown. Notice that the top is slightly opened.
STEP 22
Using your bent chain-nose pliers, grasp the open side of the loop at top. While holding 1/2 of the loop as shown push the rest of the wire component up while twisting your pliers down, until the loop at the top of the wire component is closed. If you have difficulty getting the loop closed, you can use bent chain-nose pliers to squeeze closed a small gap in a loop.
STEP 23
At this point you have completed the Queen of Clubs earring dangle. Your wire component should appear as shown. The only thing that remains to be done is to connect that wire component to your commercial earwire as shown. The way that this is done is to open the loop in the top of the Queen of Clubs earring dangle, or the loop in the bottom of your commercial earwire and connect the two wire components, then close the loop. Opening and closing loops is done using your bent chain-nose pliers to grasp one side of the loop you want to open then twisting the loop open. You don't want to try to pull the loop open by pulling the loop to increase the size of the gap. This will distort the loop so that it won't be round. Instead you grasp one side of the loop as shown at and twist up to open, then twist down to close.

Make two earrings using the same steps and you are done. Now you need to find an interesting bead so that you can make several pairs of the Queen of Clubs Wire and Beads Earrings.

In the following Image Reference Guide, we will abbreviate these instructions. These abbreviated instructions may be just the thing to use as class notes, or to print and sit by your work space when you are making these earrings.

: : : Additional Resources : : :

  • ''Wire Jig, How-To'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • For more information on this pattern, please visit http://www.wigjig.com

Image Reference Guide:

Finished Earrings
Make Loop Step 1
Loop Step 2
Loop Step 3
Loop
Make Clover on Jig 1
Clover 2
Clover 3
Clover
Flatten Clover
Finished Clover
Add Bead
Make Open Loop 1
Open Loop 2
Open Loop 3
Open Loop 4
Open Loop 5
Open Loop 6
Open Loop7
Open Loop 8
Open Loop 9
Open/Close Loop
 
Attach Earwire

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