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Deluxe Triplex Bracelet

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Instructions for making the Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet using beads, jewelry wire, WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.

 

This jewelry making project makes a bracelet out of our Triplex jewelry wire component.  In this bracelet, we use figure 8 connectors or wrapped figure 8 connectors to connect the Triplex jewelry wire components.  For beginners and advanced beginners, we recommend using figure 8 connectors and 18 gauge jewelry wire.  For intermediate wire workers we suggest that you consider wrapped figure 8 connectors and 16 gauge jewelry wire as we have in the bracelet shown.  The Triplex Wire Components for this bracelet are made on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tools using eight regular metal pegs.  The catch for the clasp is made using a 3/16" or 1/4" Super Peg for the Olympus jewelry tool.  Our free instructions for making this bracelet begin below. 

Assembled Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

The bracelet shown above was made using wrapped figure 8 connectores to connect the triplex wire components.  You could easily make a similar bracelet using wrapped bead links to connect the triplex jewelry wire components.  Based upon the size of the beads that you used, you would not need as many triplex jewelry wire comonents.  You can view examples of this design alternative by selecting here

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler
  • Round nose pliers
  • Step jaw pliers
  • Flush cutter
  • Bent chain nose pliers
  • WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool
  • 2 hours of free time

Jewelry Making Skills:

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making the Delux Triplex Bracelet:

Step A:  We start by making seven of the Triplex Wire Components shown below left.  Begin by straightening a segment of 16 or 18 gauge jewelry wire seven inches long using your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step B:  Using your flush cutter, cut the segment of jewelry wire to a length of seven inches.  Do step A and B for a total of seven segments of wire. 

Step C:  Using your step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop in one end of your jewelry wire segment.  Make the "P" loop the size of the pegs for your WigJig Olympus using the second step on your Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  If you decide to use 16 gauge wire, please review our instructions for making a loop in 16 gauge jewelry wire by selecting here.

Close up of Triplex Wire Component made on WigJig jewelry tool.

WigJig jewelry tool peg pattern for Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Triplex Wire Component Peg Pattern for Wire Components on
WigJig Olympus Jewelry Tool

Step D:  The peg pattern for this bracelet is shown above.  Begin by making seven of the Triplex Wire Components.  Remember to start with just pegs 1 and 2, wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 and then add peg 3 continuing one peg at a time until the component is finished.  When we made these components, we flipped the wire component over after every loop we made.  By doing this we make loops at the positions shown in the peg pattern above for pegs 2, 4 and 6.  Make seven of the Triplex jewelry wire components.  Select here for a template to make this pattern on the WigJig Olympus jewelry tool. Select here for a template to make this pattern on the WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools.  If you choose to make the pattern on the Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools, we recommend using two packages of Crossover Pegs (Item 4028) so that the regular pegs will be the same size.  We also recommend using 18 gauge jewelry when using WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tools.

Step E:  Now that we have seven Triplex Wire Components, we need to connect those components together.  For a beginner or advanced beginner, use 20 gauge jewelry wire to make figure 8 connectors to connect the outside loops on the wire components.  Our free instructions for making figure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire can be found by selecting here.  For an intermediate wire worker, we used 22 gauge jewelry wire to make wrapped figure 8 connector to connect our Triplex Wire Components.  You can find our free instructions for making wrapped figure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire by selecting here.  Connect all seven Triplex Wire Components into a bracelet chain.  Ensure that your wire components have the same orientation, as shown above. 

Step F:  With the bracelet chain completed in Step E, we are ready to begin making the clasp and catch.  The pattern for the connector to the clasp and for the catch are provided below-left.  To make the clasp itself, use 20 gauge jewelry wire and follow our free clasp instructions here.  (In the clasp component shown below-right, we used a 3/16" peg for peg 2, in the pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool, for the clasp.  We used six inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire to make the clasp shown.) 

Step G:  Before you can connect the clasp to the bracelet, we need to make a connector component.  See the pattern for the position of pegs 9, 10, 11 and 12 in our WigJig jewelry tool.  In the bracelet shown, we made all the loops in the bracelet into wrapped loops.  This makes a stronger bracelet, but is more difficult to make.  For a beginner or advanced beginner, you can ignore peg 9 and just use pegs 10, 11 and 12.  For a beginner, make a "P" loop in a 3 inch segment of the same jewelry wire that you used for your Triplex Wire Component and position that loop on peg 10, then wrap the wire around pegs 11 and 12 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig.  For Intermediate wire workers, use 4 inches of jewelry wire.  Position your initial loop on peg 9 and wrap the wire around pegs 10, 11 and 12 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  Wrap the loops on pegs 10 and 12 closed by gripping the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and bending the wire tail to wrap the loop closed. 

WigJig jewelry tool peg pattern for Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Clasp & Clasp Connector for Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet made on WigJig jewelry tools.
Peg Pattern on WigJig Olympus Jewelry Tool Clasp & Clasp Connector
 
 

Assembled Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step H:  Our catch component is made with a 3/16 inch Super Peg (Peg 15), see the peg pattern on our WigJig Olympus jewelry tool below-left.  For a beginner or advanced beginner use pegs 14, 15 and 16.  Make a "P" loop in a 3 1/2" segment of the same jewelry wire you used to make your Triplex Wire Component.  Place the "P" loop on peg 14 and wrap the wire around peg 15 and 16 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown.  For an intermediate wire worker, use peg 13 and wrap the loops made on pegs 14 and 16 closed.  The picture below-right shows the wrapped loops. 

Step I:  When you have completed the catch component and the clasp component, then use your figure 8 connectors or wrapped figure 8 connectors to connect the clasp and catch to the bracelet chain.  The finished bracelet can be seen above or below. 




WigJig jewelry tool peg pattern for making Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet
Catch and Catch Connector for Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet
Peg Pattern on WigJig Olympus Jewelry Tool Catch and Catch Connector

Completed Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Alternative Designs made using WigJig jewelry tools:

Duplex jewelry wire component made on WigJig jewelry toolsThe same bracelet can be made using the Duplex wire component (6 pegs instead of 8) shown at right.  The adaptations are small.  For Intermediate wire workers, the wrapped figure 8 connector is more difficult to make with the Duplex Wire Component.  You are probably better off using a regular figure 8 connector if you use the duplex wire component. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Simply put, this is a bracelet design that we really like.  If you want an all metal bracelet, we suggest that you make this bracelet following the instructions above.  If you want a bracelet with more color, replace the figure 8 connectors with wrapped bead links to incorporate beads into this bracelet.  If you use beads, you will find that you won't need as many of the Triplex jewelry wire components.  When you are comfortable  using your WigJig jewelry tool, this is a jewelry making project that you should try!

 

 

 



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