Two-to-One Bracelet


This bracelet jewelry making project is an advanced beginner's project.  The bracelet is made of 6 wire components that can be made on any WigJig with these components connected by wrapped bead links.  The name for the bracelet is 2-1 simply because the wire components used make a bracelet that alternates between two wrapped bead links then one wrapped bead link, then back to two.  


2-1 Beaded Bracelet Jewlery Making Project made with Swarovski Pearl Beads

Jewelry Supplies:

  • 12 inches of 16 or 18 gauge wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • 24 inches of 22 gauge wire preferable 1/2 hard
  • Ten 8mm beads
  • Two 2 or 2.5mm Beads
  • 2.5" fine commercial chain (optional for guard chain)
  • 1 commercial clasp

Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi, Cyclops, Centaur, Olympus, Electra or Olympus-Lite
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 45 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig to make wire components.
  • Ability to make the wrapped bead link to connect wire components. 


The wire component used to make this bracelet can be made on any WigJig.  The pattern shown at right is for one of our jigs with a circular peg pattern.  The pattern shown below right is for one of our jigs with a square peg pattern like the WigJig Delphi.


Step 1:  Cut and make a loop in a 1-7/8" segment of 16 or 18 gauge wire. 

Step 2:  Straighten the wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers while holding the initial loop.

Step 3:  Place the initial loop on peg one of your peg pattern.  Position peg 2 in your jig, but not peg 3.  Wrap the wire around peg 2 as shown above, leaving the wire resting adjacent to the hole for peg 3.  This will require pushing the wire just beyond the hole for peg 3 and letting it relax back into that position. 

Step 4:  Add peg 3 to your jig and wrap the wire around peg 3 as shown. 

Step 5:  Remove the wire from your jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop made on peg 3 with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 6:  Harden and flatten the wire component by squeezing it in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 


Step 5

Step 7:  Make a total of six wire components using the instructions in steps 1-6.  

Step 8:  Now we begin to build the bracelet.  Start by connecting one of the wire components (component A at right) to another (component B) with a wrapped bead link and an 8mm bead (bead 1).  Connect the middle hole on component A to the middle hole on the component B.  Instructions for making a wrapped bead link can be found here.

Step 9:  Next we need to connect the outside holes in wire component A to the next wire component, component C.  Using the same technique for the wrapped bead link and your 8 mm beads, connect the loop made on peg 1 in component A to the loop made on peg 3 in the next component (component C) using wrapped bead link 2 shown at right.  Then with another 8mm bead connect the loop made on peg 3 in component A to the loop made on peg 1 in component C using wrapped bead link 3.  This will require you to cut any excess wire as you wrap the second part of this wrapped bead link closed to a length of about 7/16" long so that it will be able to wrap without getting caught in bead 2. 



Step 10:  Now add wire component D shown above, right by connecting the middle loop in component C to the middle loop in component D with wrapped bead link 4. 


Step 11:  At this point in assembling the bracelet we have four wire components connected (A, B, C and D).  We now need to add component E, the last one on this side of the bracelet.  This is done using 8mm beads and wrapped bead links 5 and 6. 

Step 12:  Connect the center loop in component E to wrapped bead link and 8mm bead number 7 as shown at right.  Finish the second loop in wrapped bead link 7 as a regular wrapped loop, not connected to anything.

Step 13:  Use wrapped bead link 8 to connect between the ending loop in wrapped bead link 7 and your commercial clasp.  If you want a bracelet that is 7-1/2 inches long (the normal length for a bracelet), then the bead used for wrapped bead link 8 should be 2.5mm in size.  It is hard to see in the pictures at right, but a 2.5mm round, gold-filled bead was used in the bracelet shown.  At the same time that you connect your clasp to wrapped bead link 8, also connect your guard chain if you decide to use one. 

Step 14:  Repeat steps 11, 12 and 13 on the opposite end of the bracelet to complete the other side of the bracelet.  This completes your 2-1 bracelet. 





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