I will try to tell you how to make a simple jig for wire earrings or necklaces. I started to make earrings only with pliers but I soon realized that the more complex ones were not similar enough to call them "a pair". Then I discovered the wigJigs on http://beadstore.wigjig.com and I wanted to order, but then I thought I can save the time and money by making my own.
Materials you need (what I used):
- some pieces of harder wood (I found some already-cut rests at Baumaxx -for free, made out of some sort of very dense glued carton, almost like wood). For the 4 different jigs that I present here you will need 4 pieces of 15x15cm, or 2 pieces if you find thick enough material (>=1.8cm).
- 3mm thick iron pegs - furniture door stoppers (i found a 20pcs pack for ~3Euro/ ~4$) or anything similar (1-2cm long nails are also an option)
TIP1: don't use very thin wood since the pegs will come out on the other side and once on the table they will pop out.
TIP2: don't use soft wood (like conifers) as you won't be able to drill nice holes and the holes will bend due to the force applied to the pegs.
Tools you need:
- printer + paper
- pencil + copy paper (or some other way to transfer the pattern to the pieces of wood)
- Dremel + stander
- 3mm wood drill
Step 1: Transfer the patterns on the wood
Download and transfer the attached patterns on the pieces of wood as precisely as possible. If you mark only a dot in every center of the circles it would better when you use the Dremel.
I suggest you use the circle-shaped patterns for a start, since you can make some nicer designs (in my opinion).