Step-by-step instructions for making the Oval Links Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:
Step 1: Cut three segments of 18 or 20 gauge soft jewelry wire each 3 1/2" long. Cut four more segments of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire each 2 1/2" long.
Step 2: Make a loop in one end of each of the 7 jewelry wire segments using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers. The loop needs to be the size of the regular metal peg in your WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 3: Grasp the loop at the end of a wire segment and straighten the wire using your nylon jaw pliers. Do this for all seven segments of jewelry wire.
Step 4: Start by positioning two regular metal pegs and a 1/2" Super Peg in your jewelry making jig as shown for pegs 1, 2 and 3 at right. This peg pattern will make the three large oval links in the center of the bracelet. Later when we are ready to make the four smaller links, you will need to remove pegs 1, 2 and 3 from your WigJig jewelry tool and add pegs 4, 5, and 6 to your jewelry making jig. Peg 5 is a 3/8" Super Peg.
Step 5: Using one of the 3 1/2" long segments of jewelry wire, place the loop on the wire made in step 2 onto peg 1 in your pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and bend the wire against peg 2 as shown at left. Push the wire until it will stay in the position shown with no pressure applied.
Step 6: Keeping the wire tightly against the 1/2" Super Peg, bend the wire around peg 3 as shown at right. Try to wrap the wire as tightly around peg 3 as possible.
Step 7: Now wrap the jewelry wire the rest of the way around peg 2, the 1/2" Super Peg. Continue pushing the wire until the wire will rest in the position shown at left with no pressure applied.
Step 8: While holding the jewelry wire tightly against peg 2, wrap the wire completely around peg 1 as shown at right.
Step 9: Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig. Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire. Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop. You will probably find that the wire doesn't want to stay in the shape shown at left. To help the wire remain in this position, you can remove the two regular metal pegs, peg 1 and 3 and position the wire component back on peg 2, the Super Peg. Shape the wire component by squeezing it against the Super Peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool using just your fingers.
Step 10: Now we need to add the center wire and the beads to our oval link. This center wire is important structurally as it provides longitudinal strength to the oval link so that it won't be pulled out of shape. The first step in adding this center wire is to make a wrapped loop and connect that wrapped loop to the wire where it crosses before the loop made on peg 3. Start by cutting a 2" segment of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard.) When making your wrapped loop, make a relatively large loop because it has to go around two thicknesses of wire. After completing your wrapped loop, wrap it closed with about two wraps of wire and cut the excess wire. Squeeze the cut end of the wire flat using your bent chain nose pliers. At this point your wire component should appear as shown above-right.
Step 11: Add first one size 6 seed beads and then your 6mm crystal bead, followed by one more size 6 seed bead to your 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.
Step 12: Slide the beads all the way down until they rest against the wrapped loop you made in step 10 and then grasp the jewelry wire above the beads with your bent chain nose pliers. Bend the wire 90 degrees as shown at left. In the picture at left, the oval link is laying flat on the table and the center wire is bent so that it is pointing up and away from the table. Your goal is that, with the center wire pulled away from the wrapped loop, the 90 degree bend will happen just prior to the loops made in the oval link on peg 1.
Step 13: Using your round nose pliers, grasp the center wire as close to the 90 degree bend as you can and bend the wire 180 degrees. Insert the end of the wire into the loops made on peg 1. At this point, your wire should appear as shown at right.
Step 14: Push the jewelry wire all the way through the loops made on peg 1 and bend the wire 180 degrees as shown at left. Make this bend as tightly as possible. Use your fingers to make this bend.
Step 15: Now wrap the jewelry wire around itself about two times, then cut the excess wire. Using your bent chain nose pliers squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire until it doesn't stick up. Your first oval link should now appear as shown at right.
Step 16: Make three of the larger links using the 1/2" Super Peg and using your 3 1/2" segments of jewelry wire and then make four smaller links using pegs 4, 5, and 6 and your 2 1/2" segments of jewelry wire. When making the smaller links, you will not need to add the seed beads to the 22 or 24 gauge center wire when adding your beads, just add the 6mm bead. Complete all seven oval links.
Step 17: Now we are ready to begin assembling the bracelet. Start with the middle of the three larger oval links and build your bracelet by adding links to either side, from this the center link. Make figure 8 connectors to connect the links one to another. For these figure 8 connectors, you will need to make larger loops on both sides of the figure 8 connector than normal. We began making our figure 8 connectors by making a 3/32" loop, using the middle step in our fine step jaw pliers. Then we used our round nose pliers and tried to make a loop the same size as the first loop in our figure 8 connector. If you made your oval links on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tools, you can make twelve figure 8 connectors and use two connectors between each oval link. If you made your oval links on our WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools then make only six figure 8 connectors because the loops on either end of the Oval Link wire component will be smaller. Connect all 7 oval links together as shown above-right.
Step 18: With all 7 links connected, you are ready to add your clasp. Because we used a magnetic clasp, we need to add a 3" guard chain. When connecting our clasps to the end links on either side, we made a wrapped link on the end link, and in this wrapped link we added one end of the chain before we wrapped the loop closed. Then we made a second wrapped loop and connected one side of our magnetic clasp to that wrapped loop before we wrapped that loop closed. When you are completed your clasp should appear as shown above-right.
Summary of jewelry making instructions:
If you want a bracelet that isn't vanilla, one that is unique, this may be the jewelry making project for you. You won't see this link in every window of every jewelry store. If you choose some nice beads, this bracelet can be very striking and you can make a matching necklace and earrings to create a set.