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Double 8’s Bracelet

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Instructions for making the Double 8's Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

We call this design the Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet because the bracelet has four loops, essentially looking like two figure 8s of wire one on top of the other. 

We made the bracelet out of 20 gauge jewelry wire and the result is very nice.  We could also have made the bracelet out of 18 gauge jewelry wire and the result would have been bolder looking, and perhaps even nicer. 

This bracelet shown below emphasizes the jewelry wire work required to make the bracelet.  It is intentionally not decorated with beads.  We could have made this same bracelet with beads between the wire components and the end result would have been more colorful.

Double 8's Bracelet make out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

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 Peg for the jig
  • Four  3/16" Super Pegs for the jig
  • Two hours of free time,

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet - Jewelry Making Project showing a close up of the clasp end of the bracelet.Step-by-step instructions for making the Double 8's Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Begin by using your nylon jaw pliers to straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire 4 1/2 inches long. 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, Cut the jewelry wire segments to a length of 4 1/2 inches.  For a 7 1/2 inch long bracelet, cut a total of seventeen 4 1/2 inch long segments of straightened wire. 

Step 3:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a "p" loop in one end of the jewelry wire.  Because this loop will ultimately be cut off the finished wire component, this loop doesn't need to be perfectStep 3 to instructions for making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 4:  Position one regular peg and four 3/16 inch Super Pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 5:  Place the initial loop on peg one in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below left.  Notice how the opening of the "P" loop points toward peg 2 in the pattern.  

Step 6:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left. 

Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-right. 

 

 

 

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Step 8:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the opposite side of peg 4 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig. 

Step 9:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the left side of peg 3, then continue wrapping clockwise around peg 2. When you have completed this step, the jewelry wire will appear as shown below-left. 

Step 10:  Now wrap the wire counter-clockwise around peg three in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-center. Leave the end of the jewelry wire perpendicular to the rest of the wire component. 

Step 11:  Remove peg 1 from your jewelry making jig and bend the initial loop and the attached wire segment so that it is perpendicular to the rest of the wire component as shown below-right.  Replace peg 1.  See how the wire should appear below-right. 

Step 9 to Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 10 to instructions for making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 11 to instructions for making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing peg on WigJig jewelry tool used to shape wire.
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Step 12 to instructions for making Double 8's Bracelet using WigJig jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 12:  While holding the basic wire component on the four Super Pegs on your WigJig jewelry tool, lift the initial loop and bend it over the center of the wire component as shown at right. 

Step 13:  Gently lift the wire component and remove it from your jewelry makig jig.  Then replace it on the WigJig jewelry tool in the position shown below-left. 

Step 14:  Now lift the ending jewelry wire segment (without the loop) and bend it up and over the middle of the wire component as shown below-center. 

Step 15:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point, your wire component should appear as shown below-right. 

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Step 16 to instructions for making Double 8's Bracelet using common jewelry supplies.Step 16:  First, cut the excess wire, then bend each end of the cut wire down until it lays flat. Perform the above 16 steps for all 17 of your double 8's wire components. 

Step 17:  Now you need to use some 20 gauge jewelry wire to make 34 figure 8 connectors.  You can find instructions for making a figure 8 connector here.

Step 18:  When you have your figure 8 connectors and your double 8 wire components ready, then you are ready to begin assembling your bracelet.  See the picture below-left.  To connect to double 8 wire components, you
first connect a figure 8 connector to one of the outer loops on a double 8 wire component.  You make this connection by opening one end of the figure 8 connector, then connect it to the end loop on a double 8 wire component, and finally you close the loop on the figure 8 wire component.  After you have connect one end of the figure 8 connector to one of the outer loops on a double 8 wire component, then you need to open the opposite end of the figure 8 connector and connect it to the outer loop on your next double 8 wire component. 

Complete this connection by closing the loop on the figure 8 connector.  Before you complete the
connection with the figure 8 connector, make sure that you have aligned the two double 8 wire components
in the same orientation. You can view our instructions for opening and closing loops here. 

Step 19:  After connecting one end of two double 8's wire components, use a figure 8 connector to connect
the opposite end of these same two double 8 wire components.  Continue this process, connecting both ends of your double 8's wire components until you have a chain about 6 1/2 inches long. 

Step 20:  Now we have to make the catch component and the component that will allow us to connect the clasp the the bracelet. We will use the same component both for connecting the clasp and as the catch for the clasp. To make this component, position two crossover pegs (pegs 6 and 8 in the picture below-right) and one 3/16 inch Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-right. 



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Peg Pattern for making jewelry wire catch and connection to clasp using WigJig jewelry tools.
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WigJig Jewelry Tool

Step 21 to instructions for making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing shaping wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 21:  Straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Cut the segment to a length of 2 3/4 inches.  Make two identical jewelry wire segments.

Step 22:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.  This loop will need to be large enough to go over the 3/32" Crossover Peg.  Use the second step on your fine step jaw pliers. 

Step 23:  Place the loop on peg 6 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown in the picture at right. 

Step 24:  Wrap the jewelry wire counter-clockwise around peg 7 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left. 

Step 25:  Wrap the jewelry wire clockwise around peg 8 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-center. 

Step 26:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Your jewelry wire component should appear as shown below-right. 
 

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Step 27 to instructions for making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Bracelet out of common jewelry supplies.Step 27:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop. 

Step 28:  Grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers and bend each loop 90 degrees as shown below-left.  Make two wire identical components.

Step 29:   Open the both loops in the jewelry wire component you just made and connect it to the end of your chain as shown below-center, then close both loops. 

Step 30:  On the opposite end of the chain, connect your clasp to the wire component before connecting the component to the chain.  Once one end loop, slide your clasp into position in the center loop.  Once the clasp is in position, then you can connect the wire component to the chain just as you did in step 29.  For this bracelet, we made the clasp out of jewelry wire using the jewelry making instructions provided here.


Jewelry wire component used to connect Double 8's chain to clasp.
Close up of Catch on Double 8's Bracelet made out of jewelry wire.

Close up of clasp connected to Double 8's Bracelet made out of common jewelry supplies.

When you have added the clasp and the catch to either end of your bracelet, your bracelet is completed. 

Finished Double 8's Bracelet made out of jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.

Alternative bracelet designs made using WigJig jewelry tools:

One alternative design is to use two figure 8 connectors to connect each link of the double 8 bracelet.  Another alternative design is to use a contrasting metal for the figure 8 connectors.  Try using gold-filled jewelry wire to make the double 8 links and sterling silver jewelry wire to make the figure 8 connectors.  We call this Rolex Style and think you will like the result.  Finally, you can replace the figure 8 connectors with wrapped bead links to make a bracelet with more color. 

Summary of jewelry making instructiosn:

We hope you like the Double 8's Bracelet jewelry making project.  We recommend that you consider making this bracelet Rolex Style as described above.  It will make a bracelet that is strong, unique in design and handmade.  This is a bracelet design that we believe would sell.  We also suggest that you consider making earrings to match your bracelet with just two double 8 jewelry wire components connected to one two to one connector as described above.  For the earrings we would use figure 8 connectors to hold the two double 8 connectors together and we would hang a bead dangle at the bottom of each double 8 jewelry wire component. 

 

 


 

 



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