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Wire Chain Bracelet

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Instructions for making Wire Chain Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

 

These Wire Chain Bracelets are an easy jewelry making project using any soft jewelry wire and beads.  Because of the way they are made they are very strong and permanent.  My strongest critic (my wife) thinks that this design is the best and most marketable bracelet design that I have done.  I like this design because it is both delicate and strong, two qualities that I like to incorporate in my jewelry. 

This jewelry design does require a little practice to get correct.  It is not difficult, but to make it perfect you will need to work on making these components without scratching the wire.  Use copper jewelry wire for the first three or four of this link that you make, then graduate to your good wire.
 

Wire Chain Bracelet made with gold-filled jewelry wire and black pearl beads.

Wire Chain Bracelet made with burgundy cube beads and gold-filled jewelry wire. Wire Chain Bracelet made with sapphire beads and jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

        Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi jewelry tool or any other WigJig jewelry tool with removable pegs
  • 3 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 

The link used in making these bracelets is shown below- right.  These images are enlarged so that they are easier to view.  The actual link is 1/2 inch long.  The link on top was made with 1/2 hard jewelry wire, the link shown below with the sapphire cube beads was made with soft jewelry wire.  I recommend using soft wire because it is easier to complete this piece without marking the wire using soft wire.

 

 

 

Making this link involves three regular metal pegs in a pattern on your jewelry making jig.  The pattern for the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  The steps involved in making this component are provided below.
 

 

Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet using common jewelry supplies.

Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet made out of soft jewelry wire using common jewelry supplies.

Chain Bracelet Components

Instructions for making Wire Chain Bracelet showing peg pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Peg Pattern for WigJig Delphi
Jewelry Tool

Step-by-step instructions for making the Wire Chain Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 2 inch long piece of soft 20G jewelry wire.

Step 2: Make a partial or full loop in the end of the jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Place this loop over peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the wire as shown above right. 

Step 4:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the loop off.

Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet made out of gold-filled jewelry wire.

New Link

Step 5:  Grasp one of the loops around either peg 2 or peg 3 with either nylon jaw pliers or with chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  Hold firmly, but not so firmly that it marks the jewelry wire.  While holding one of the loops, push the loose wire tail that leads from that loop down so that it is perpendicular to the wire segment that went between pegs 2 and 3. 

Step 6:  While continuing to hold the jewelry wire, wrap the wire around the wire segment between pegs 2 and 3.  This wrap should happen near the middle of this link. 

Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other 1/2 of the link. 


Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet made out of gold-filled jewelry wire.

Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet mad out of soft jewelry wire.

Chain Bracelet Components


Step 8:  Cut the wire tails off both sides of this link.  Be sure to cut with the flat side of the flush cutter toward the finished piece. 

Step 9:  While holding the link in nylon jaw pliers or chain nose pliers, press the cut ends of the wire down and tight to the link using another pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.

Link used to make Wire Chain Bracelet made out of hard jewelry wire.


 

Step 10:  For a bracelet about 7 1/2 inches long, make six of these links.  This will require 7 beads to complete the bracelet. 
 


Wire Chain Bracelet made with sapphire beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Step 11:  Connect all six chain components together into a single chain using jewelry wire to make a wrapped bead link with 6mm beads.  Detailed Instructions for making these links are also included in our online book "Wire Design Basics".
 

Wire Chain Bracelet made with black pearl beads and gold-filled jewelry wire using common jewelry supplies.

 

Step 12:  On one end of the chain, make the loop in the end of the wrapped bead link larger than normal so that it can be used as the loop for the clasp

Wire Chain Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry making tools.


Step 13:  On the other end, connect the clasp to the last wrapped bead link.  With a spring type clasp like the lobster clasp used in the bracelets above right, you do not need a guard chain.  If you choose to use a magnetic clasp, use of a guard chain made of 2 1/2 inches of fine chain is recommended. 

Once you become comfortable making this chain component and the wrapped bead link, you should be able to make a bracelet like the ones shown in about 30 minutes.

Wire Chain Bracelet made out of beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Using slightly modified steps, we can make the same link smaller and more delicate.  This modified link can be made on essentially any WigJig jewelry tool.  The link itself is shown enlarged below right.  The link is shown used in earrings below.

Wire Chain Bracelet made with smaller links using burgundy beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

Matching Earrings for Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet jewelry making project

 

 

Small Link used to make Wrapped Link Chain Bracelet made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

The peg pattern for making this link is shown at right for the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools.  The pattern is essentially the same for the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool, only the finished piece will be slightly smaller.  The peg pattern for the WigJig Cyclops or Electra Jewelry tool is as shown below-left.

Peg Pattern for Earrings on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool

Peg Pattern for Earrings on WigJig Olympus-Lite  jewelry tool

Peg Pattern on WigJig
Olympus-Lite Jewelry Tool

 

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 1/2 hard jewelry wire 2 inches long.

Step 2:  Make a 1/2 loop in the end of this piece of jewelry wire. 

Instructions for making Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Earrings jewelry making project step 2
Step 2

Step 3:  Position the pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown previously. 

Step 4:  Place your jewelry wire on the jewelry making jig as shown at right. 

Instructions for making Wrapped Link Wire and Beads bracelet using WigJig jewelry making tools -- step 4
Step 4

Step 5:  Wrap your jewelry wire around the top peg in the pattern as shown at right.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and remove the bottom, right peg.  Replace the bottom right peg in the position as shown below.  Replace the jewelry wire back on these pegs as shown in the picture below.

Step 7:  Wrap the wire around the bottom left peg as shown below right. 

Instructions for making Wrapped Loop Wire and Beads Bracelet using common jewelry supplies Step 5
Step 5

Step 6 to instructions for making Small Link Wrapped Link Bracelet by shapping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 6

Step 7 to instructions for making Small Link Wrapped Link Bracelet made out of common jewelry making supplies.
Step 7

 

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  The wire will be slightly three dimensional and both the initial and final wire segments will be on top of one another.  We need to make them side-by-side.  This is best done by grasping the top and then bottom loop with Fine Step Jaw Pliers (first step for Delphi, middle step for Olympus or Olympus-Lite) or round nose pliers and pulling the wire tail associated with that loop.  When completed, the two wire tails should be in the position shown at right.  Now flatten the piece by squeezing it in the jaws of nylon jaw pliers.  
 

Instructions for making Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet using WigJig jewelry making tools --  step 8
Step 8

Step 9:  Now grasp each loop in turn with nylon jaw pliers or chain nose pliers and while holding the loop in nylon jaw pliers or chain nose pliers, wrap the two wire tails around the center wire segment.  In effect, you are bending the wire back in a "U" shaped bend around the wire segment between the loops.  When completed the wire will appear as shown at right.  
 

Instructions for making Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet jewelry making project step 9
Step 9

 

Step 10:  Cut each wire tail off in turn.  Experiment with the cut so that you leave enough wire so that you can push the end of the wire down against the finished piece.  After cutting, finish the piece by pressing the two cut ends of the wire flat against the piece with chain nose pliers.  Once this has been completed, squeeze the piece in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Instructions for making Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies -- step 10
Step 10

Step 11:  The bracelet shown at right was made with eight of the links made as shown previously, plus seven 6mm beads, two 3mm metal beads, a commercial clasp and 2.25 inches of fine chain.  The eight jewelry wire links are connected to one another by wrapped bead links made with 22G 1/2 hard jewelry wire.  Instructions for the wrapped bead link are provided here, and are also discussed in greater detail in our online book on making jewelry "Wire Design Basics".  The first and last wire link are connected to the commercial clasp via a wrapped bead link made with a 3mm metal bead.  This is done to keep the overall length of the bracelet at 7.5".  You may have to adjust the size of these metal beads or eliminate them entirely according to the size of your clasp and the size of the person's wrist that will wear this bracelet.  The fine guard chain is added at the same time as the clasp.
 

Wrapped Link Wire and Amethyst Crystal Glass Beads Bracelet jewelry making project
Step 11

Our matching earrings jewelry design is a very easy project.  Make two more of the metal links.  Connect one end of each link to an ear wire finding like the ear wire with post and ball shown at right.  Using a head pin, connect a 6mm bead identical to the bead in the bracelet to the bottom loop in the wire link.  You can also add a metal bead with the 6mm bead.  I used a 2.5mm metal bead in the earrings shown at right.  Use the same wrapped loop technique to attach the headpin and bead or beads to the wire link. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Making this chain link is not a difficult jewelry making project.  Furthermore, this link is quite strong.  The link itself is rather delicate and aesthetically pleasing.  All told, this jewelry making project makes a bracelet that is strong and attractive.  We can't ask for more.

Wrapped Link Wire and Amethyst crystal Glass Beads Earrings jewelry making project

 

 



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