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Beginner Skills and Techniques

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Links to instructions in a variety of jewelry making skills and techniques used when making jewelry out of jewelry wire and beads.

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 using Flush Cutter Jewelry Tool  -- Jewelry Making Skill
Cutting Jewelry Wire
with Flush Cutters




Striaghtening Jewelry Wire using Nylon Jaw Pliers Jewelry Tool -- Jewelry Making Skill


Straightening Jewelry Wire by Hand or with Nylon Jaw Pliers
 

Bending Jewlery Wire using Bent Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Tool -- Jewelry Making Skill


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

"P" Loops in Jewelry Wire Using Round Nose Pliers

 

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



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

Making an Eye Loop using Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Tool -- Jewelry Making Technique



Eye Loops in Jewelry Wire
Using Round Nose Pliers

Making an Open Loop using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


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

Making a Wrapped Loop using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


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

 
 
Making a Bead Dangle using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


Bead Dangle Using One
or More Beads and
a Head Pin

Opening and Closing Loops using Bent Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Tool -- Jewelry Making Technique


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

 

Making a Figure 8 Connector using Common Jewelry Tools  -- Jewelry Making Technique




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


Making Loops in 16 Gauge Jewelry Wire using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique




Loops in 16 Gauge and
Larger Gauges of Jewelry Wire



Making an Open Jump Ring Finding using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique

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

Making a Simple Earring using Bent Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique

Connecting Components
to Make Simple Earrings




Making a Wrapped Loop using Common Jewelry Tools  -- Jewelry Making Technique

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

  Hardening Jewelry Wire Components using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique
How to harden jewelry
wire to make permanent components

 
Making a Head Pin Jewelry Finding using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique
Head Pin Jewelry Finding
 
Making an Ear Wire Jewelry Finding using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique
  Ear Wire Jewelry Finding
 
Making a Clasp Jewelry Finding using WigJig Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique

Clasp Jewelry Finding




Making Gemstone Earrings using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


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




Making Earrings with Ear Threads using Common Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


Ear Threads
 

Making Spirals out of Jewelry Wire with the WigJig Spiral Maker Tool -- Jewelry Making Technique

Spirals with the WigJig
Spiral Maker
Jewelry Tool


Advanced Spirals

WigJig Spiral Maker
Tool Video

Advanced Spiral Maker
Tool 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 to Make Jewelry with Jewelry Wire and Beads -- Jewelry Making Technique
WigJig Jewelry Making Videos

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

 
 



Making a Jewelry Wire Spacer Bar using WigJig Jewelry Tools -- Jewelry Making Technique


Jewelry Wire Spacer Bar

Gemstone and Cubic Zirconia Earrings made using jewelry making findings, gemstones and common jewelry tools.

Setting Gemstones and Cubic Zirconia in Snap Fit Findings using common jewelry tools.

Setting Bling Gemstones

Videos on Setting Gemstones
(Scroll Down the Page)


Making a Permanent Spiral Head Pin Jewelry Wire Finding using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Permanent Spiral Head Pins Jewelry Wire Finding
 

Making Gemstone Rings with a Swirl Setting using common jewelry tools and supplies.
Making Gemstone Rings with a Tiffany Setting using common jewelry tools and supplies.

Making Gemstone Rings

 

 

Anvil jewelry tool used to harden jewerly wire.

Hardening jewelry wire
to make the shape more permanent.

Making Low Wall Bezel Earrings with Cubic Zirconia Gemstones using common jewelry tools and supplies.

Setting Gemstones in Low Wall Bezel Findings

Video on Setting Gemstones in Low Wall Bezel Findings

Making Low Wall Bezel Earrings with Tanzanite Gemstones using common jewelry tools and supplies.

 

P Loop made in jewelry wire using common jewelry hand tools

Eye loop made in jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools.

Select here for a summary
of our instructions for
making loops in jewelry
wire using common
jewelry tools

Deluxe Triplex Bracelet made out of jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and beads using WigJig jewelry tools.

Making Bracelets

Trebel Clef Earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools made out of jewelry supplies including jewelry wire and beads.

Making Earrings

 

Spiral Diamond Necklace made out of jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and beads using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Making Necklaces


Complete Listing of Jewelry Making Techniques

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

Making a Simple Earring out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.If you can accomplish the skills identified above you should be able to make jewelry pieces as simple as the earrings shown at 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 made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies.

While we have a lot of free information on making jewelry out of wire and beads 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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