Instructions for making the new and improved Clover jewelry wire component using WigJig jewelry tools.
Sometimes as we get older, we get smarter. Not always, but sometimes. We believe that we have a better way to make the Clover jewelry wire component that will result in a component that is only two layers of wire and has the two closed loops opposing one another, while the beginning and ending open loops will also be opposite one another. This will allow you to make your Clover Bracelet stronger by connecting only closed loops in the bracelet. You can view the top and bottom of this new and improved Clover jewelry wire component below:
Jewelry Wire Component
Jewelry Wire Component
Step 1: Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 inches long.
Step 2: Using your round nose pliers, or preferably you step jaw pliers make a "P" loop in your 2" segment of jewelry wire.
Step 3: Position two regular metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool adjacent to one another.
Step 4: Place the "P" loop in your jewelry wire segment on your initial peg and place the wire adjacent to the second peg.
Step 5: Wrap the jewelry wire around the second peg in your pattern, pushing the jewelry wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for the third peg in your pattern with no pressure applied to the wire.
Step 6: Add the third peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 7: Remove the jewelry wire component from your jewelry making jig and replace it in the mirror image position, with the initial loop still on the first peg, but the second loop on the third peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. The jewelry wire should rest adjacent to the second peg in your pattern.
Step 8: Using your fingers, wrap the jewelry wire around the second peg in the pattern on your jewelry making jig and continue pushing until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for the fourth peg in the pattern.
Step 9: Now add the fourth peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 10: Using your fingers, wrap the wire around the last (fourth) peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 11: Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool and using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire at the point where it starts to overlap. Then using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in the wire component (made on the fourth peg in the pattern) by bending the wire in the loop down until it is in the same plane with the rest of the Clover jewelry wire component.
Step 12: Finish this wire component by squeezing the entire wire component in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. After squeezing the jewelry wire component, you should notice that the end result is only two layers of wire and that the open loops oppose one another and the closed loops also oppose one another. The axis of the closed loops is the strong axis for this wire component and that is the axis to use in your bracelet or necklace.
We hope you like our new and improved Clover jewelry wire component. If you choose to use this component your resulting jewelry will be stronger.
Here is an idea for making a bracelet using this new Clover wire component. Make a regular Clover bracelet with 8 Clover wire components and include your clasp. Now go back and add a 4mm bead on a head pin, a component we call a bead dangle. (You can view our instructions for making a bead dangle out of common jewelry supplies and beads by selecting here.) Add this bead dangle to each side of the 8 Clover wire components in your bracelet. This will be 16 bead dangles. If this is done correctly, you should have a very nice bracelet as a result.
Summary of jewelry wire instructions:
We recommend making this bracelet using the new steps documented immediately above. The reason for that is that this new clover jewelry wire component will be stronger because it has a weak axis and a strong axis and you can incorporate the strong axis in your jewelry making project. See the wire component above-right and use the axis of the clover jewelry wire component with no open loops. That axis is shown as the vertical axis in the picture for Step 12 above. We like this bracelet and think that you will also.