Learn how to make Graduated Scalloped Link Earrings…

Make these fabulous copper earrings with 3 graduated sizes of forged scalloped links.
Graduated scalloped wire links joined together to form amazing diamond shaped earrings with a bead dangle.

Learn to make graduated links for jewelry and assemble eye-catching wire link earrings.

Graduating the size of the curve between the loops increases the visual appeal of the scalloped link components for this short pair of dangle earrings.  And the attraction doubles with the inverted sets added, creating fluid diamond shaped earrings with a bead drop dangle at the bottom.

Graduating sizes is easy when you are making your own patterns …

If you are forming from a chart, making graduated sizes of the same component is as easy as switching out the increment for the element you want to increase in size.  So, that circles us back to how we decided the increment in the first place.

Our Signature Course – Measuring Charts Made Easy – provides a 3 step system:

Step 1)  Create measuring tools for specific jewelry design elements like curves and loops.

Step 2)  Use the measuring tools to draft a pattern to yield the desired component.

Step 3) Follow the measuring chart to form the same size component over and over.

This is the 2nd project presented in the online course.  The first project – Scalloped Link Waterfall Earrings – utilizes a scalloped link where the center curve follows the form of the large side on a pair of bail making pliers.  When you form the same curve on a larger tool it will require a longer increment of wire.  So, we go back to step 1 and make cardstock measuring tools to correspond to the larger sizes of the the wrap & tap pliers.  Then we use this increment in place of the one for the bail pliers as we draft a new measuring chart. 

It can take some trial and error to figure which size tools you want to use, but the lesson guides you to make earring that look just like the samples.  The goal is not for you to have to re-create the wheel, but to practice the forming skills while you make cute projects.  And as you continue with the course, you’ll see how the dots are starting to connect.  The benefit of measuring charts as a foundation for jewelry design is huge!


If you want to learn how to start creating your own jewelry design reference library, this lesson – and the whole Measuring Charts Made Easy Signature Course – is perfect for you.

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These Graduated Scalloped Link Earrings are the 2nd project in a series of 15 introducing you to our unique jewelry design system – Measuring Charts Made Easy.  The full course covers 2 design elements (curves and loops), shows you how to use those elements to make 6 different types of components (a scalloped link is just the first one), and provides 15 stylish projects to help you explore how to use them in your jewelry.

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Members: Link to this lesson on making graduated size scalloped links and then learn how to assemble them into striking dangle earrings.