Beginner Skills and Techniques

The jewelry making skills and/or techniques that must be learned in order to be successful in making jewelry the WigJig way are shown below.  Select any text or picture to navigate to our free jewelry making instructions for that skill.  Use your back button in your browser software to return to this web page. 

If you are a left handed jewelry designer, please select here to remove the right hand bias in our instructions. 

Cutting Jewelry Wire -- Jewelry Making Skill
Cutting Jewelry Wire
with Flush Cutters




Striaghtening Jewelry Wire -- Jewelry Making Skill


Straightening Jewelry Wire by Hand or with Nylon Jaw Pliers
 

Bending Jewlery Wire -- Jewelry Making Skill


Bending Jewelry Wire Using Bent Chain Nose Pliers
Making a 'P' Loop in Jewelry Wire -- Jewelry Making Techniquel

"P" Loops in Jewelry Wire Using Round Nose Pliers

 

Making a P Loop using Step Jaw Pliers -- Jewelry Making Technique



"P" Loops in Jewelry Wire
using Fine Step Jaw Pliers
 

Making an Eye Loop -- Jewelry Making Technique



Eye Loops in Jewelry Wire
Using Round Nose Pliers

Making an Open Loop -- Jewelry Making Technique


Open Loops Using Bent Chain Nose, Round Nose Pliers and Flush Cutter

Making a Wrapped Loop -- Jewelry Making Technique


Wrapped Loops including the Wrapped Bead Loop Using Bent Chain Nose and Round Nose Pliers

 
 
Making a Bead Dangle -- Jewelry Making Technique


Bead Dangle Using One or
More Beads and a Head Pin

Opening and Closing Loops -- Jewelry Making Technique


Opening and Closing Loops and/or Jump Rings Using
Bent Chain Nose Pliers

 

Making a Figure 8 Connector -- Jewelry Making Technique




Connectors including the Figure 8 Connector Using Round Nose Pliers and a Flush Cutter
 


Making Loops in 16 Gauge Jewelry Wire -- Jewelry Making Technique





Loops in 16 Gauge and
Larger Gauges of Jewelry Wire




Making an Open Jump Ring Finding -- Jewelry Making Technique

Making an Open Jump
Ring Finding
Closing a Gap in  a Loops -- Jewelry Making Technique
Using Bent Closing Pliers to close a small gap in a jump ring or loop.
  Making Jewelry Components on a WigJig Tool -- Jewelry Making Technique
Making Wire Components Using
a WigJig Jewelry Making Tool

 

Making a Simple Earring -- Jewelry Making Technique

Connecting Components
to Make Simple Earrings




Making a Wrapped Loop -- Jewelry Making Technique

Connecting Components to Make Chain for Bracelets, Necklaces and other Jewelry Items

  Hardening Jewelry Wire Components -- Jewelry Making Technique
How to harden wire to make
permanent wire components

 
Making a Head Pin Finding -- Jewelry Making Technique
Head Pin Jewelry Finding
 
Making an Ear Wire Finding -- Jewelry Making Technique
  Ear Wire Jewelry Finding
 
Making a Clasp Finding -- Jewelry Making Technique

Clasp Jewelry Finding




Making Gemstone Earrings -- Jewelry Making Technique


Jewelry with Snap-Fit and other Press-to-Fit Settings




Making Earrings with Ear Threads -- Jewelry Making Technique


Ear Threads
 

Making Spirals with the WigJig Spiral Maker -- Jewelry Making Technique

Spirals with the WigJig Spiral Maker


Advanced Spirals

WigJig Spiral Maker Video

Advanced Spiral Maker Video

Permanent Spirals

Using A Cup Bur Jewelry Tool to Round the Cut Ends of Jewelry Wire
Cup Bur Tool To Round
the Ends of Jewelry Wire

 
Using a WigJig Jewelry Making Tool -- Jewelry Making Technique
WigJig Jewelry Making Videos

WigJig Jewelry Making Basics
  Video (Our Most Important
Jewelry Making Video)

 
 



Making a Jewelry Wire Spacer Bar -- Jewelry Making Technique


Jewelry Wire Spacer Bar

Gemstone and Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Setting Gemstones and Cubic Zirconia in Snap Fit Findings

Setting Bling Gemstones

Videos on Setting Gemstones
(Scroll Down the Page)


Making a Permanent Spiral Head Pin Jewelry Wire Finding

Permanent Spiral Head Pins Jewelry Wire Finding
 

Making Gemstone Rings with a Swirl Setting
Making Gemstone Rings with a Tiffany Setting

Making Gemstone Rings
 


Making Low Wall Bezel Earrings with Cubic Zirconia Gemstones


Setting Gemstones in Low Wall Bezel Findings

Video on Setting Gemstones in Low Wall Bezel Findings

Making Low Wall Bezel Earrings with Tanzanite Gemstones

   


Complete Listing of Jewelry Making Techniques

Listing of Jewelry Designs with Step-by-Step Instructions Including Patterns

If you can accomplish the skills identified above you should be able to make jewelry pieces as simple as the earrings shown above right or as complex as the bracelet shown below.  Please select any picture or any text in red above to view our instructions for that technique.  In many cases the web page associated with the skill above will also have links to additional information on that skill.

Deluxe Duplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

While we have a lot of free information available here, for some people, more detail may be appropriate.  For those people who want more detail on these skills purchase of our online book, "Wire Design Basics", may be appropriate.

Our hope is that everyone will find something here to help them improve their skills in making jewelry.

 

 

 

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