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Wrapped Chain Bracelet

Instructions for making Wrapped Jewelry Wire Chain out of beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

 

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This bracelet and watchband jewelry making project is made with a relatively simple to make jewelry wire chain.  The inspiration for the design of the chain is based upon a chain design that is hundreds and perhaps thousands of years old.  The original design was based upon soldering individual links and then connecting them.  The original chain has been named the "Money Chain" in Oscar T. Banson's book "Indian Jewelry Making Chain".  It was called money chain, because the individual links could be removed and used as money.  That money chain required making oval links of wire and soldering the two ends of the wire together.  This chain is a variation of that Money Chain that does not require soldering.  You can view a close up of two versions of the chain below.  We will provide instructions for making both versions of this jewelry wire chain.  The chain in the bracelet on the left is the same wrapped chain below, left.  The chain in the watchband at right is the same as the lower chain below. 

                    

Please note that while these two chains are loosely based upon the Money Chain design, they are both completely new designs.  We went through several alternative designs before we settled on these two designs.  We think that the results were worth the time it took us to get the design exactly as we wanted.  Hopefully, you will agree.
 

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • 42 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire.  1/2 hard jewelry wire is recommended.
  • One commercial clasp. 
  • One large bead or several smaller beads.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry making jig with 2 metal pegs
  • Ruler
  • 1 hour of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to use round nose pliers to make loops in jewelry wire.
  • Ability to bend jewelry wire using bent chain nose pliers.
  • Ability to make a wrapped loop. 
  • Ability to use a WigJig jewelry tool to make jewelry wire components.

Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads made using WigJig jewelry making tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

First, we will  make the bracelet shown above since the links in the bracelet are stronger and more permanent.

Step 1:  Using nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 22 gauge jewelry wire, while still attached to the spool, about 7 inches long.  1/2 hard jewelry wire is preferred.  For the bracelet shown, we used Artistic Wire's Non-Tarnish Brass wire.

Step 2:  Cut three 2 1/4 inch segments of the straightened jewelry wire.  Then straighten another 7 inch segment of jewelry wire and cut another three segments of jewelry wire.  Continue this process until you have 16 segments of jewelry wire each Step 3 to instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry supplies.2 1/4" long.

Step 3:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp a segment of jewelry wire about 9/16" from one end and bend the wire against the jaws of the pliers to an angle of about 90 degrees as shown at right.  Do this for all 16 segments of jewelry wire.

Step 4 to instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry tools.

Step 4:  Now we need to make a loop in the jewelry wire at the edge of the bend  (see steps 3 to 6 when you click on the link).  This is done with our round nose pliers.  Making this loop is a two step process.  Try to make all your loops the same size by grasping the jewelry wire at the same point on your round nose pliers.  Do this for all 16 segments of jewelry wire.  If possible, try to make your loops very slightly larger than the first step on your step jaw pliers.  This will be important in Step 10.

Step 5 to instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making ProjectStep 5:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire as shown at right so that we have an eye loop on the end of our wire.  Remember to cut the jewelry wire so that you will have a flush or flat end on the wire by positioning your flush cutter with the flat side toward the finished piece.  Do this for all 16 segments of jewelry wire.

Step 6 to instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads out of jewelry wire and beads.Step 6:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the loops that you just completed.  Do this for all 16 segments of wire.

Step 7 to Wrapped Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Project showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 7:  Position two pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool, about 1" apart as shown at right.  Place the loop in your jewelry wire segment on peg 1 and grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers just inside peg 2.  Bend the wire 90 degrees at that point as shown.  Do this for all 16 segments of jewelry wire.

Step 8 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry supplies.Step 8:  At this point our directions change slightly.  This step we perform on one jewelry wire segment only.  We are beginning to make our chain and this will be the first link in the chain.  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the jewelry wire as shown at left.  Use the same procedure as we performed in step 4, but we should have more unused jewelry wire Step 9 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain with Beads Bracelet using common jewelry tools.at the end.  We will use this unused wire in a later step.  Try to make the loop the same size as the loop in step 4. 

Step 9:  Now we need to bend the link into essentially a "U" shape.  We do this by grabbing the link in the center using our Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  Use theAfter Step 9 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Project middle step in the pliers.  Position the jewelry wire segment so that the unused jewelry wire is on the bottom so that after the "U" shaped bend the unused wire will be on the outside and not between the two loops.  While holding the wire in the position shown at right, push both loops up to form the "U" shaped bend.  When completed, the wire component should appear as shown at left.  In the picture at left, you can not see the "U" shaped bend because it is in the plain of the camera.  You can see that both loops at either end of this wire component are superimposed one on top of the other.  Press these two loops until they stay in contact with one another.  To help even up the overlap of the two loops, insert Step 10 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.both loops onto your step jaw pliers as shown below-left. 

Step 10:  To complete this initial link in our chain, we need to wrap the excess jewelry wire around the wire component to hold the component closed.  To perform this wrap, hold the wire component in your bent chain nose pliers as shown at left and push the wire tail around the rest of the wire component as shown.  Hold your pliers in your non-dominant hand and push the jewelry wire with the thumb of yAfter Step 10 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Projectour dominant hand.  Push the wire with your thumb, holding your thumb as close to the pliers as possible so that the wrap is tight.  Continue wrapping the wire until you have about two complete wraps around.  The completed wrap will appear as shown at right.  (Step 16 has another view of this step, before wrapping the wire.)

Step 11 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads showing a single link of jewelry wire chain.

Step 11:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire.  Again, you will want the flush side of this cut to remain on your finished wire component so hold your flush cutter with the flat side toward Step 12 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry tools.the finished piece. 

Step 12:  To finish this link in your chain, you need to use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  Hold the After Step 12 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Projectwire in your Fine Step Jaw Pliers as shown and left, with the step jaw pliers in your non-dominant hand and holding your bent chain nose pliers in your dominant hand, squeeze and twist the end of the cut wire until it lays flat.  Your completed link in the chain will appear as shown at right.  (The difference between the pictures for step 11 and 12 does not appear too great, but with your fingers you will be easily able to feel the difference.  In step 11 the cut end of the wire sticks up and you would notice it when you run your fingers over the piece.  In step 12, the cut end of the wire is squeezed flat and you would not be able to Step 13 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads showing connecting jewelry wire chain links.notice it when handling the piece.)

Step 13:  With the first link in the chain completed we are ready to add the second link.  Use one of the 15 jewelry wire segments from step 7 and slide the wire through the loops at the Step 14 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads showing construction of jewelry wire chain.bottom of the first link in the chain as shown at right.

Step 14:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire just like you did in steps 8 and 4.  Try to make the loop the same size as the loop made in step 4.  When Step 15 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry tools.completed your wire should appear as shown at left.

Step 15:  As we did in step 9, we need to grasp the jewelry wire in the center and make a "U" shaped bend.  Slide the initial link to one side of the new wire segment so that it won't be in your way as you make this "U" shaped bend.   The unused jewelry wire needs to be on the outside of the "U" when the bend is completed so be certain to position the unused wire on the bottom as shown at right.  Push both loops in the wire up until they meet above the pliers.

Step 16 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads using common jewelry tools.

Step 16:  Now we are ready to wrap this link in the chain closed as we did in step 10.  Position both loops on your step jaw pliers as shown and using the thumb on your dominant hand push the wire up and over the wire component.  Push with your thumb close to the pliers.  Wrap the wire around about 2 full wraps.  (Step 10 has another view of this step after wrapping the wire.)

Step 17:  To complete this link in the chain, you need to remove the jewelry wire from your pliers, then cut the excess wire with your flush cutter, and finally squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  This process is identical to steps 11 and 12.

Step 18:  Continue adding links to your chain as described in steps 13 through 17 until you have 8 links in the chain.  At this point, your chain should look like the one shown below. 

Step 18 to instructions for making Wrapped Chain Bracelet showing several links of jewelry wire chain.

Step 19:  To make this bracelet, you will need to do the exact same steps starting with step 8 to make a second chain of 8 links.  These two chains form the two sides of your bracelet. Step 20 to instructions for making Wrapped Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Project

Step 20:  The two 8 link chain segments are connected in the center by a large bead using the wrapped bead link and a segment of 3" of 22 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 21:  The commercial clasp was connected to the opposite end of the chain using 1 1/2" of 22 gauge jewelry wire to make a figure 8 connector.  You may need to adjust the size of this bracelet by adding or removing one or more links before adding the clasp. 

This completes the Wrapped Jewelry Wire Chain Bracelet with Beads.  You have many design alternatives that you can choose to make other interesting bracelets using this chain.  For this bracelet, we wanted a simple look with one large bead.  You could easily make a bracelet with two wrapped wire chain links and then a wrapped bead link, or with three wrapped wire chain links and then a wrapped bead link.  You can also adapt this chain to make earrings.  We suggest 3 or 4 links of wrapped wire chain connected to an ear wire on one end and to a bead via a head-pin on the other end.  Hopefully, you will like this chain as much as we do. 

Now, we will describe a modification to this chain that is slightly less strong, but is plenty strong for use as a necklace, bracelet or earrings.

 

Instructions for making Chain Bracelet with open loops in your jewelry wire, made using WigJig jewelry tools:

This chain is very similar to the first chain and may be easier to make for many people.  It does not use wrapping of wire around itself.  If you had difficulty in making the prior chain, perhaps you will find this chain easier to make.Step 7 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet showing the peg pattern on the WigJig jewelry tool.

The first eight steps in making this chain are identical to the first 8 Step 8 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet.steps in the prior chain with one exception.  Instead of using 2 1/4" of 22 gauge wire, use 2" of 22 gauge jewelry wire.  To make the chain show, follow steps 1 through 7 until you have 8 segments of jewelry wire that appear as shown at left.  Then take one segment and using your round nose pliers make a loop in the end of the wire as shown at right. 

 

Step 9 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet.New Chain Step 9:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire at the point where the wire begins to overlap as shown here.

 

Step 10 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet showing the shape of jewelry wire.New Chain Step 10:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop where you just cut Step 11 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet out of jewelry wire.the jewelry wire.  Instructions for closing loops can be found here.

 

New Chain Step 11:  Grasp the middle of the jewelry wire segment with the middle step of your step jaw pliers as shown at right.  In the step we are going to make the "U" shaped bend for the initial loop in our chain.  Push both loops up Step 12 to instructions for making the New Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.until they meet and overlap. 

New Chain Step 12:  In order to help get these two loops perfectly overlapped, position both loops on your step jaw pliers and squeeze the two loops together as shown at left.

 

Step 13 to New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet making project showing a single jewelry wire link.New Chain Step 13:  Remove this link in the chain from your step jaw pliers.  At this point your initial link in your chain should appear as shown at right.

 

Step 14 to New Wrapped Chain jewelry making project made using common jewelry supplies.

New Chain Step 14:  Now we are ready to begin work on the second loop in the chain.  Take one of your jewelry wire segments from step 7 and insert it into the loops in the first link of your chain as shown at right.  Step 15 to New Wire Wrapped Chain bracelet made using WigJig jewelry making tools and jewelry wire.

New Chain Step 15:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the end of the wire in the same manner as you did for step 8.  Try to make this loop the same size as the initial loop, by grasping the wire at the same point on your round nose pliers.  When completed your wire should appear as shown at left. 

 

Step 16 to New Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet making project, made out of common jewelry supplies.

New Chain Step 16:  Now we need to make the "U" shaped bend in the wire as we did in step 11 on the prior page.  Grasp the wire in the middle with the second step of your step jaw pliers.  While holding it in this position, bend both loops up until they meet.Step 17 to New Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet made on WigJig jewelry tools using common jewelry supplies.

New Chain Step 17:  In order to ensure that the two loops overlap, place the two loops on your step jaw pliers and push them together as show at left. 

Continue building your chain by adding links using the steps described here.  To make the bracelet we made initially, with this chain, you will need two segments of 8 links each.

Wire Chain Bracelet links made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Watch Band made with Wire Chain Bracelet jewelry making pattern using WigJig jewelry tools.You can view our watch band at right.  The links connecting to the watch on either side of the watchband are made in the same manner is this new chain with the exception that instead of using step jaw pliers in step 11 to make the "U" shaped bend, we inserted the wire into the holes on either side of the watch and bent the wire using our fingers into the shape shown.  From that point, we assembled this chain in the same manner as documented in the prior pages.  Wire Wrapped Chain Earring with Beads Jewelry Making Project

We could have completed the entire watch band using links of this new chain, but for variety, we connected links of the new chain with wrapped bead links to make the watchband.  Making these wrapped bead links is identical to the approach used in the first bracelet discussed starting on page 2. 

Another alternative design is to use this wire wrapped chain to make a simple earring.  The earring shown at left is a shoulder duster chandelier earring.  This length may not be appropriate for everyone.  A very similar earring could be made with as few as two or three links of the wire wrapped chain. 

A final set of alternative designs it to make the chain the same way, but instead of separating the peg by 1" as we did in step 7 to separate the pegs by 3/4".  When separated by 1" the links in the chain are each about 1/2 inch long.  When the pegs are separated by 3/4" the links in the chain would be about 5/16" long. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

One common theme in the instructions for making bracelets and necklaces that we provide is strength.  We like to make links of jewelry wire chain that are strong and won't pull apart under normal wear and tear.  This chain fully satisfied that requirement.  It provides an alternative approach for making a chain out of jewelry wire by hand.  We are particularily pround of jewelry making designs that are new, can be made consistently and repeatably by almost anyone, and are strong.  This design for this jewelry wire chain makes us proud because it satisfied all these requirements. 

Here are some other examples of a bracelet and matching earrings made with this chain:

Wrapped Chain Earrings with Beads made out of jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.

Aqua Beads on Wire Wrapped Chain Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.          Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet with 3 Beads made using WigJig jewelry making tools.


Please select here to view our instructions for how to make a necklace using this wrapped chain jewelry making technique.

 

 

 



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