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Crazy 8 Wire Bracelet

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Instructions for making The Crazy 8 Wire Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

Inspiration comes in many strange ways.  For this bracelet, we had originally planned to make earrings using a wire component like this Crazy 8 wire component.  After making several of the wire components, we decided to try connecting them in a new orientation.  The end result is the bracelet shown below. 

We liked the way this bracelet turned out even without any beads.  We will also discuss some ways to add beads to this bracelet. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project. Finished Crazy 8's Wire Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool
  • 1 Regular Metal Pegs for the jewelry making jig
  • Two 5/16" Super Pegs for the jewelry making jig
  • One 3/16" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig
  • Two hours of free time,

Step-by-step instructions for making the Crazy 8 Wire Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Straighten a 4 1/8 inch segment of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire.  (20 gauge jewelry wire can be used but the resulting bracelet won't be as bold.)

Step 2:  Cut the jewelry wire to a length of 4 1/8 inches. 

Step 3:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a "P" loop in the jewelry wire.  If you don't have Fine Step Jaw Pliers, you can make your loop using round nose pliers. 

Step 4:   Now we are going to make the Crazy 8 jewelry wire component.  Begin by placing peg 1, 2, 3 and 4 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Pegs 2 and 4 and 5/16" Super Pegs. 

Step 5:    Place the initial loop that you made on peg 1 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig with the P of the loop oriented as shown below-center. 

Step 6:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig, as shown below-right.  Push the jewelry wire until it will rest adjacent to peg 3 with no pressure applied to the wire. 

 

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Step 7 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 8:  Wrap the wire around peg 4 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left.  Please note that we don't need to complete the loop around peg 4 because we will do that in the next step. 

Step 9:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  It should appear as shown below-center. 

Step 10:   Grasp the U shaped bend made around peg 4 with your Fine Step Jaw Pliers and make a loop at this point.  See the picture, below-right.  Because you made both the initial loop and the final loop with your step jaw pliers, those loops will should be identical. 

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Step 11 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet made out of jewelry making supplies.Step 11:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop.  See the picture at right. 

Step 12:  Grasp the jewelry wire component with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-left. 

Step 13:  Lift the initial loop up and over the wire component as shown below-center.  This step can be performe while holding the wire component in your bent chain nose pliers, or you can replace the wire component on your WigJig jewelry tool with the wire you intend to bend on the bottom.  Then you can pull that wire segment up and over using the pattern in your jewelry making jig to preserve the shape of the Crazy 8 jewelry wire component. 

Step 14:  Grasp the jewelry wire component with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-right.  Similarly as described above, you can flip the wire component over and position it on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Then using the pattern on your jewelry making jig to preserve the shape of the wire component, pull the wire segment up and over as done above. 

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Step 15:  Finish the Crazy 8 wire component by pushing both the beginning and ending loop down flat.  Your finished Crazy 8 wire component should appear as shown at right. 

 

Step 16:  We need to make 12 of those Crazy 8 wire components in order to complete the bracelet.  After making the 12 Crazy 8 components, then we need to make 22 figure 8 wire components using 20 gauge jewelry wire.  You can view instructions for making figure 8's out of jewelry wire by selecting here.  Since you are making so many figure 8 wire components, you can save yourself wire by not cutting the wire before making the figure 8.  Instead you start by making the initial loop on the wire on the spool, then making the second loop using your pliers.  After making the second loop, then you cut the wire at the point where it starts to overlap.  After you have completed one figure 8 wire component, you will need to cut the last 1/16 inch of wire off the spool so that you will begin your next figure 8 with a flush cut end on the jewelry wire. 

Step 17:  When you have completed your figure 8 connectors and all 2 Crazy 8 wire components, you are ready to connect the Crazy 8 wire components into a chain.  Start by opening the loop in a figure 8 connector and connecting that figure 8 connector to one of the larger loops in a Crazy 8 wire component.  Close the loop in the figure 8 connector.  Then connect a second figure 8 connector to the other larger loop in the same Crazy 8 wire component.  Now connect a second Crazy 8 wire component to the first component by connecting one of the figure 8 connectors at a time.  When both figure 8 connectors are connected and closed, you have your first segment of bracelet chain.  Please see the picture above-right to see how this chain should appear.  Continue connecting links until all are connected. 

Step 18:  Now we need to make the catch for one end of the bracelet.  Begin by straightening a 2 1/2 inch Step 20 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet by shaping wire using WigJig jewelry tools.segment of the same jewelry wire you used to make the Crazy 8 wire components (18 gauge). 

Step 19:   Make a loop in the end of your jewelry wire using your Fine Step Jaw pliers. 

Step 20:  Position pegs 8, 9 and 10 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Peg 9 is a 3/16 inch Super Peg.  Place your initial loop on peg 8 as shown. 

 

Step 21 to instructions for making Crazy 8's Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.Step 21:  Wrap the jewelry wire around Super Peg 9 and partially around peg 10 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown at right. 

Step 22:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point your wire should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 23:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers grasp the jewelry wire at the bottom of "U" shaped bend made around peg 10 and finish that final loop.  When you have completed that loop your jewelry wire should appear as shown below-center. 

Step 24:   Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire and close that final loop.  See the picture below-right. 

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Step 25:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, bend each end loop into the position shown at right.  This will require you to bend one loop clockwise and the opposite loop counter-clockwise so that when you have completed, the opening on both loops is on the same side of the wire component.

 

 

Step 26 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing close up of catch.Step 26:  Add this catch component to one end of your bracelet chain by opening both loops on the catch component, then connecting both open loops to the end loops on one end of your bracelet chain.  After you have connected both loops, then close both loops.  When completed your bracelet should appear as shown at right. 

Step 27:  Now we need to make the clasp end of the bracelet.  Begin by straightening a 2 1/4 inch segment of the same jewelry wire that you used for your Crazy 8 component (18 gauge). 

Step 28:  Cut a segment of jewelry wire 2 1/4 inch long.

Step 29:   Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a loop in one end of your jewelry wire. 

Step 30:  Place your initial loop on peg 5 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left. 

Step 31:  Wrap your jewelry wire around peg 6 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-center.  Push the jewelry wire until it remains adjacent to peg 7 with no pressure applied. 

Step 32:  Add your commercial clasp at this point.  See the picture below-right. 

 

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Step 33 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 33:  After adding the clasp in the prior step, wrap the jewelry wire around peg 7 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 34:  Remove your jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Your jewelry wire should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 35:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop.  See the picture below-center.

Step 36:  Now slide the clasp to its final position in the middle loop of the wire component as shown below-right. 

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Step 37 to instructions for makign Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet out of common supplies.Step 37:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, bend the two end loops into the position shown at right.  You will need to bend one loop clockwise and the opposite end loop counter-clockwise.  When done properly, the opening on both loops will be on the same side of the wire component. 

Step 37 to instructions for making Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing close up of clasp.Step 37:  Connect the clasp component to the open end of the bracelet by opening both loops on the clasp wire component, then connecting them to the two loops on the end Crazy 8 wire component.  Finish the bracelet by closing both loops after they have been successfully connected.  Your finished bracelet should appear as shown below. 

Finished Crazy 8's Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools out of common jewelry supplies.

Alternative Designs for making bracelets using WigJig jewelry tools:  

Our first alternative design is to replace the figure 8 connectors used to connect the Crazy 8 components with wrapped bead links.  Because the beads are longer than the figure 8 connectors this would mean that you could get by with about 1/2 the number of Crazy 8 wire components.  In concept, this approach would be very similar to the approach used in the Deluxe Duplex bracelet shown below:

Deluxe Duplex Bracelet jewelry making project.

Our second alternative design is to use the Crazy 8 wire component to make earrings.  In this alternative we would turn the wire component on its side (horizontal instead of vertical as shown in the above bracelets.)  We would connect the ear wire to the beginning loop and would hang bead dangles from the ending loop and from the two larger loops. 

Our final alternative design for making this bracelet would be to consider making the bracelet Rolex Style using figure 8 connectors made out of silver jewelry wire and figure 8 connectors made out of gold jewelry wire of vice versa. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Crazy 8 bracelet.  We think that it is strong enough to be permanent and attractive enough to make it a worthwhile jewelry project.  We like the design alternative of making this bracelet Rolex Style, described above, using a combination of gold and silver jewelry wire. 

 

 

 

 

 



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