How to Make Bracelets and Watches
This entire section of our website is devoted exclusively to the topic – How to Make Bracelets and Watches! Because of the bracelet’s increasing popularity, jewelry designers worth their salt, will want to include both bracelet making and beaded watch making in their arsenal of skills.
How to make Bracelets – Beaded Bracelets, Chained Bracelets, and So Much More
We have pages and pages of chic bracelet making designs. Our free instructions make it simple for you to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in bead and wire bracelet making. With these designs, you will be able to easily learn how to make bracelets that have your personal stamp of creativity. Our bracelet designs range from the ultra-simple technique of merely stringing beads on stringing material, to making a wire chain using WigJig components and beads. The unique designs you can create are endless.
How to Make Beaded Watchbands
We have several fabulous designs to make beaded and wire watchbands such as Bead Your Watches, Watchbands With Gemstones or Wire Chain Watchbands. All these watchbands are not only fun to make, but look so professional and elegant. We hope they inspire you to create your own chic watchband designs.
Instructions for making Jewelry Wire Chain Watchband using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:
Step-by-step instructions for making the Jewelry Wire Chain Watchband using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:
Step 1: Cut 13 jewelry wire segments of 18 gauge wire each 3 inches long. For this project soft wire is probably preferred.
Step 2: Using your step jaw pliers or round nose pliers, make a half loop in the end of each wire segment. You will not need a full loop because this loop will be cut off the finished piece. You need just enough to hold the jewelry wire on a peg.
Step 3: Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten all 13 pieces of jewelry wire. Hold the jewelry wire by the half loop that you made to make it easier to pull the jewelry wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.
Step 4: Position one regular metal peg and two 3/16" Super Pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left. Place the initial loop in your jewelry wire on the regular metal peg and wrap the wire around the Super Pegs as shown. Do this for all 13 jewelry wire segments. When you remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool it should appear as shown at right.
Step 5: Connect the second of the two loops that you made to the loop on one side of your watch face. (The watch shown above is from our store. Please select here to view our selection of jewelry making watches.) The second loop is the one with the straight wire segment shown on the left in the pictures above. Once the loop is connected, grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right. By holding the loop in your pliers as shown you are making certain that the loop won't be bent out of shape as you wrap the wire around itself to close this loop. Push the end wire segment (no loop) down and around the center of this wire component. Next grasp the opposite loop and do the same thing with the wire segment attached to that loop (with 1/2 loop). When you have completed this your wire component should appear as shown at left.
Step 6: Using your flush cutter cut the excess https://www.wigjig.com/shop/catalog/Watches-11-1.htmlwire leaving enough wire so that the end of the cut wire will be even with the beginning of the wrap on the opposite side loop. Please note the length of the wire at the cut in the picture at right.
Step 7: Using your bent chain nose pliers or your bent closing pliers, squeeze the end of the cut jewelry wire flat on each side. That completes the process for making one link and adding it to the watchband.
Step 8: On one side of your watch you will need to connect six chain links and on the last link you will connect your clasp to the final loop. Obviously, you will connect the clasp before you wrap the last loop in the chain closed, then wrap that loop closed.
Step 9: On the opposite side of the watch, you will need to connect seven links to the watch face. The final link in the chain will become the catch for a lobster style clasp like the one show in the picture at right.
When that is completed, try your new watch on. You may want to adapt this design by adding or subtracting a link or two. The 13 links plus a lobster clasp used in the watch above right are about the correct length for a normal 7" wrist.
Alternative Designs made using WigJig jewelry tools:
The prior instructions are predicated in having a loop on either side of your watch. The same chain will work for watch faces without the chain as long as they are configured like the watches shown here. In the watch shown at right, the hole is side ways, orientated parallel to the 9-3 axis of the watch. (This watch is shown larger than its actual size for clarity.) In the watch shown at left, you can see how we have connected this chain to the watch. Because the width of the hole is similar in size to the width of the chain, we were not able to use the same size link as the rest of the chain to connect through the hole in the watch. We needed a larger loop so that it would pass through the hole in the watch.