Four Leaf Clover Bracelet

Instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

This bracelet is a beginner to intermediate jewelry making project that uses 18G gold filled 1/2 hard jewelry wire, 22G 1/2 hard gold filled jewelry wire, eight or nine 6mm beads, and a magnetic clasp to make a beaded chain bracelet. 

The emerald bracelet at right and below can either be considered a St. Patrick's Day bracelet if you have Irish sympathies, or if you are from the Lucky Country, you can consider that it is the green and gold that are Australia's national colors. 

 

Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Made with Amethyst Bicone Beads

Emerald Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Made with Emerald Cube Beads
 

Amethyst Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made with Emerald beads and common jewelry supplies.

There are two jewelry making techniques that are involved in making this bracelet.  The first is to make the Four Leaf Clover jewelry wire component and the second is to make the wrapped bead link that connects the components of the bracelet together. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ten inches of 22G 1/2 hard gold filled jewelry wire
  • Eight 6 mm Emerald  Swarovski Square Beads and four 2mm round gold-filled beads, or nine Amethyst 6mm bicone beads
  • 12 inches of 18G Gold-filled 1/2 hard jewelry wire
  • One Gold-filled or Gold plated magnetic clasp
  • Three inches of fine gold chain (for guard chain)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • 2 pair of Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite, Delphi, Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool (any one) with two metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of WigJig jewelry tool to make jewelry wire components
  • Ability to connect components in bracelet through use of the "Wrapped Bead Link" made with jewelry wire and beads.
 

Step-by-step instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

The Four Leaf Clover Wire Component, shown at right, is one of the easier jewelry wire links to make.  It involves only four pegs on a jig and just wrapping the jewelry wire around the pegs in turn. The only thing important about making this piece is to wrap around the pegs in the proper sequence.  While the sequence might not seem important, it is important for the reason that we want to incorporate this piece in a beaded chain so that the chain will not come apart.  The piece is made up of two open loops (the first and last loops made) and two closed loops (the second and third loops made.)   I have determined the order of wrapping the loops so that the two closed loops oppose one another.  These are the two loops that we use in making our chain.   

 

Step 1:  Position four metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown in Step 1, above right.  This pattern will work for the WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Delphi jewelry tools.  For the Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools, position your 4 pegs at the 000, 090, 180, and 270 degree points on the innermost circle. 

Step 2:  Cut a piece of 18G jewelry wire about 2 inches long, make a "P" loop in the end of the wire and straighten the jewelry wire.  The "P" loop that you make must be large enough to fit over the peg for the jewelry making jig you are using.

 

Four Leaf Clover wire component made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry making tools.
Four Leaf Clover Wire Component


 

Peg pattern for Four Leaf Clover Bracelet on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 1
Peg Pattern on
WigJig Jewelry Tool

 

Step 3: Place the initial loop over peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool with the wire tail resting between pegs 2 and 4, as shown at right.   

Step 3 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.

Step 3

Step 4, 5, and 6:  Now we wrap the wire around the pegs in turn.  See the pictures below.  First around peg 2, as shown in Step 4, at right.  Then around peg 3 as shown in Step 5, below, and finally around peg 4 as shown in Step 6, below right.  Notice that in Step 6 you wrap completely around peg 4 so that the wire tail ends up between pegs 2 and 4.  (For more advanced wire workers, remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool after you made a loop on peg two.  Then replace the wire on your jewelry making jig, with the loop you made on peg two now on peg three and the initial loop still on peg 1.  Then wrap the wire around peg two followed by wrapping the wire around peg four.  The reason that you perform this rather comples step is that by doing this, your Clover jewelry wire component will be only two thicknesses of wire and will lay flatter.  Without this step, the jewelry wire componet will be three thicknesses of jewelry wire.  We don't currently have pictures of this alternative but we do discuss it more below.) 

Step 4 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet out of jewelry wire and beads. Step 5 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.  Step 6 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Bracelet out of common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.
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Finished Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made with gold jewelry wire, burgundy beads and common jewelry supplies.

Emerald Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made with emerald beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

 

After step 7 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 7:  After completing Step 6, remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  As shown at right, cut the jewelry wire tail.  As always, when cutting the wire, cut with the flat side of the flush cutter toward the finished piece.  At this point the piece will be three dimensional and the final loop will still be open. 

Step 8:  (not shown) Close the final loop in your jewelry wire with your chain nose pliers.

Step 9:  (not shown) Gently squeeze the finished piece in nylon jaw pliers.  Squeeze the piece, then rotate it 90 degrees and squeeze again.  Do this four times then squeeze firmly to set the shape.

Step 7 to instructions for making Four Leaf Clover wire component by shaping jewelry wire with common jewelry making tools.
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Step 10:  We need to make 7 or 8 of these Four Leaf Clover components. 

Step 11:  Now we are ready to assemble the bracelet.  Begin connecting clover components together with wrapped bead links.  We have detailed instructions for this technique in our online book, "Wire Design Basics".  Make a chain of clover and wrapped bead links about 7 inches long.  Finish by adding your clasp and guard chain.    The finished product should appear as shown below.

Amethyst Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made out of common jewelry supplies.

Emerald Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made out of gold jewelry wire, emerald beads and common jewelry making supplies.


Alternative Design for making bracelets using WigJig jewelry tools:

Shown at right is an enlarged view of an alternative way to make the clover component.  This component is different from the design made previously in that there are only two thicknesses of wire instead of the three that are in our prior design.  This component is also smaller than the clover made previously because we use the pattern on the diagonal of the WigJig Delphi instead of the horizontal/vertical. 

Alternate design for the Clover wire component.
New
Clover
(Enlarged)

The peg pattern for making this component is shown at right.  The techniques for making this component are the same as for the prior piece with one exception.  In order to get the piece down to two layers of wire instead of three, we need to modify steps 5 and 6.  Before performing step 5 (see page 3), remove the wire from the jig and flip it on the vertical axis.  Replace the wire on the jig with the original loop still on peg 1 and the second loop on peg 3 instead of peg 2.  Now complete the loop on peg two, followed by the loop on peg 4.  When completed, remove the wire from the jig and cut the wire tail off as shown in Step 7.  Squeeze the piece with nylon jaw pliers as described in Step 8.  The completed piece will appear as shown above right.  Finish the bracelet as described in Steps 10 and 11 previously.  The finished bracelet will appear as shown below. 

Peg pattern for the Clover wire component on WigJig Delphi jewelry tool
Peg
Pattern on
WigJig Delphi Jewelry Tool

Jade Four Leaf Clover Bracelet made out of jade beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
Clover Bracelet made with seven 8mm Chinese Jade Beads
 

 

 

The bracelet shown above and at right are made with 8mm jade beads instead of the 6mm beads used previously.  In order to accommodate the larger size of these beads and have a finished bracelet about 7 1/2 inches long, I had to connect the seventh and eighth clover wire components to the magnetic clasp that I used via a wrapped bead link with a 3mm round gold-filled bead instead of the larger jade beads.  The finished bracelet can be seen at right.

Chinese jade beads bracelet made using common jewelry supplies.
Chinese Jade Bracelet showing clasp

Instructions for making the new and improved Clover jewelry wire component using WigJig jewelry tools. 

Sometimes as we get older, we get smarter.  Not always, but sometimes.  We believe that we have a better way to make the Clover jewelry wire component that will result in a component that is only two layers of wire and has the two closed loops opposing one another, while the beginning and ending open loops will also be opposite one another.  This will allow you to make your Clover Bracelet stronger by connecting only closed loops in the bracelet.  You can view the top and bottom of this new and improved Clover jewelry wire component below:

Finished New Clover jewelry wire component top view. Finished New Clover jewelry wire component showing bottom view.
Improved Clover
Jewelry Wire Component
Top View
Improved Clover
Jewelry Wire Component
Bottom View

Step 1:  Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 inches long.

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, or preferably you step jaw pliers make a "P" loop in your 2" segment of jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Position two regular metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool adjacent to one another. 

Step 1 to instructions for making New Clover jewelry wire component using common jewelry supplies.

 

Step 2 to instructions for making New Clover wire component made out of jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools.

 

Step 3 to instructions for making the New Clover wire component by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools

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Step 4:  Place the "P" loop in your jewelry wire segment on your initial peg and place the wire adjacent to the second peg. 

Step 5:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the second peg in your pattern, pushing the jewelry wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for the third peg in your pattern with no pressure applied to the wire. 

Step 6:  Add the third peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. 

 

Step 4 to instructions for making the New Clover wire component by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 4 to New Jewelry Wire Clover showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 6 to instructions for making New Clover jewelry wire component using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
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Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your jewelry making jig and replace it in the mirror image position, with the initial loop still on the first peg, but the second loop on the third peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  The jewelry wire should rest adjacent to the second peg in your pattern.

Step 8:  Using your fingers, wrap the jewelry wire around the second peg in the pattern on your jewelry making jig and continue pushing until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for the fourth peg in the pattern. 

Step 9:  Now add the fourth peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  

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Step 10:  Using your fingers, wrap the wire around the last (fourth) peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. 

Step 11:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool and using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire at the point where it starts to overlap.  Then using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in the wire component (made on the fourth peg in the pattern) by bending the wire in the loop down until it is in the same plane with the rest of the Clover jewelry wire component. 

Step 12:  Finish this wire component by squeezing the entire wire component in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  After squeezing the jewelry wire component, you should notice that the end result is only two layers of wire and that the open loops oppose one another and the closed loops also oppose one another.  The axis of the closed loops is the strong axis for this wire component and that is the axis to use in your bracelet or necklace. 

Step 10 to instructions for making the New Clover jewelry wire component by using pegs in a WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.

 

Step 11 to instructions for making the New Clover wire component using common jewelry supplies.

 

Finished Jewelry Wire Clover made using common jewelry tools.

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We hope you like our new and improved Clover jewelry wire component.  If you choose to use this component your resulting jewelry will be stronger.

Here is an idea for making a bracelet using this new Clover wire component.  Make a regular Clover bracelet with 8 Clover wire components and include your clasp.  Now go back and add a 4mm bead on a head pin, a component we call a bead dangle.  (You can view our instructions for making a bead dangle out of common jewelry supplies and beads by selecting here.)  Add this bead dangle to each side of the 8 Clover wire components in your bracelet.  This will be 16 bead dangles.  If this is done correctly, you should have a very nice bracelet as a result. 

 

 

 

 

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