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.
The first eight steps in making this chain are identical to the first 8 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.
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.
New Chain Step 10: Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop where you just cut 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: