Four Leaf Clover Bracelet

 

This bracelet is a beginner to intermediate jewelry making project that uses 18G gold filled 1/2 hard wire, 22G 1/2 hard gold filled 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 jewelry making project made with WigJig Jewelry Tools, beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.

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


Jewelry Supplies Required:

Tools Required:

  • Ten inches of 22G 1/2 hard gold filled 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 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 (any one) with two metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time
 

Jewelry Skills Required:

  • Use of WigJig to make wire components
  • Ability to connect components in bracelet through use of the "Wrapped Bead Link". 


The Four Leaf Clover Wire Component, shown at right, is one of the easier wire links to make.  It involves only four pegs on a jig and just wrapping the 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 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 jig as shown in Step 1, above right.  This pattern will work for the WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Delphi.  For the Cyclops or Electra, position your 4 pegs at the 000, 090, 180, and 270 degree points on the innermost circle. 

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

 

Four Leaf Clover wire component jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Four Leaf Clover Wire Component


 

Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project step 1 made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

Step 1

 

Step 3: Place the initial loop over peg 1 with the wire tail resting between pegs 2 and 4, as shown at right.   

Step 3, Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with wire and jewelry supplies.

Step 3

Step 4, 5, and 6:  Now we wrap the wire around the pegs in turn.  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. 

Here, we show an alternative approach to making this four leaf clover wire component.  Please consider this alternative approach as the finished wire component tends to be flatter when made as described in these pages.

 

Step 4, Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.     Step 5, Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.     Step 6, Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

          Step 4                            Step 5                                 Step 6


 


 


 


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

 

Four Leaf Clover wire component jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Step 7:  After completing Step 6, remove the wire from the jig.  As shown at right, cut the 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) is to close the final loop with your chain nose pliers.

Step 9:  (not shown) is to 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.

Four Leaf Clover wire component jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
          Step 7

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 jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.



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


Alternative Design:  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. 

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

Finished New Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Peg
Pattern

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

Jade Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.
Chinese Jade Bracelet showing clasp

 

 

 

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