Tri-Lobe Link Earrings

A Jewelry Design 1 and 2 Project

Forming – Forging

Explore alternate uses for the teardrop roll-back loop charting as you make these great Celtic style links with a twist!  I will show you how to translate the teardrop roll-back loop measurements into these great decorative lobes utilizing the U Curve methodology.  Forming them in a series of three creates the Celtic flair and the twisted wire stem provides structure and visual appeal.  There’s a bit of a puzzle to creating the trio, but once I show you how to achieve it, you will be able to adapt the reference from JD1 and JD2 to create them from various gauge wires in an array  of sizes.


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Kit available for sale in class ($11)

  • 12″ 18ga dead soft sterling silver wire
  • (1) pair of sterling silver earwires


  • Design Reference for Teardrop Roll-back Loops – 18ga – bail making pliers – small side
  • Measuring tool for Teardrop Roll-back Loops – 18ga – stepped pliers – small step
  • Design Reference for U Curves – 18ga – bail making pliers – small side
  • Spacers: 1″


  • Flush cutter
  • File(s) – needle files are fine for this project
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48)
  • Bail-making pliers (Beadsmith #PL42)
  • Embossing hammer
  • steel block and silencing pad
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Flat pliers
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
  • 3M sanding sponges/ slurry coated polishing cloths
  • Magnifying glasses– most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be provided for your use in class, but feel free to bring your own if you have them…

  • pin vise fitted with a cup bur appropriate for 18 ga wires (1.7mm)
  • silicone lubricant
  • rubbing alcohol

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.