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Yokes - V-Shaped

Instructions for making V-Shaped Yoke Necklace out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools:

 

In this jewelry making project, we will make a yoke, which will be the center piece of the necklace.  This yoke can be the center piece in an ordinary necklace, connected to either a chain of wrapped bead links and commercial chain, or it can be connected to a necklace made of beads strung on Soft Flex and held in place by crimp beads.  With a slight modification, this yoke could also be the center piece in an interchangeable necklace, as shown at right.  With the interchangeable necklace, the yoke element can be exchanged, allowing you to easily coordinate your earrings with your necklaces. 

Interchangeable Necklace made with WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 4 inches of 18G and 3 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire, or 7 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire (Preferably 1/2 hard). 
  • 6 inches of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire
  • Seven six mm beads
  • Five 4mm beads
  • Five head-pins

 

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • 30 minutes of free time

 

Free Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the "V" Shaped Yoke using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:


Step 1:  Straighten, cut and make a "P" loop using a 4 inch long segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Repeat using a second segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire 2-1/2 inches long. 

The 4 inch long jewelry wire segment is for the V shaped wire component.  The 2-1/2 inch long segment is for the bar at the top of the "V" that retains the shape of the V-shaped component. 
 

 

V Shaped Yoke Necklace made using WigJig jewelry tools, beads and common jewelry supplies.



Step 2:  After positioning only pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool, place the initial loop in the 4" segment of jewelry wire on peg 1 and make a loop around peg 2 in your pattern.   After completing that loop, remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 3:  Then add pegs 5, 4 and 3, removing peg 1 and 2 from your jewelry making jig.  Now, place the initial loop in your jewelry wire component on peg 5 and the second loop on peg 4, and make a loop around peg 3.  (By flipping the wire over like this, the end component will be only two thicknesses of your jewelry wire and will lay flatter.)  After completing the loop on peg 3, remove the jewelry wire component from your jewelry making jig. 

Step 4:  Add Pegs 1 and 2 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and remove peg 5.  Replace your wire component on your jewelry making jig with the initial loop back on peg 1.  Again, we are flipping the wire component over.  Now make a loop around Peg 4 in your pattern. 
 

 

 

Instructions for making a V Shaped Yoke Necklace showing peg pattern for shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.
Peg Pattern on WigJig
Centaur Jewelry Tool

Step 5:  Add Peg 5 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and make a loop around this peg.  This completes the V shaped component on your jewelry making jig. 

Step 6:  Remove the V shaped component from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 7:  Using the 2 1/2 inch wire segment, add pegs 6 and 7 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and remove pegs 1 through 5.  Place the initial loop in this jewelry wire segment on peg 6.  Wrap the wire around peg 7 as shown above.



Step 8:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your two wire components will appear as shown at right.

Step 8 to instructions for making a V Shaped Yoke Necklace showing jewelry wire component after removal from WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 9:  Now, using your round nose pliers, convert both loops in the short wire component into eye loops as shown at right.  Our instructions for the technique for converting a "P" loop in jewelry wire to an eye loop can be viewed here. 
 

Step 9 to instructions for making a V Shaped Yoke Necklace showing jewelry wire spacer bar component.

Step 10:  At this point, we need to connect the two wire components.  This is accomplished by first opening one end loop on the shorter wire component and connecting that loop to one of the end loops on the V shaped wire component.  On the opposite end of the V shaped and short wire components, we need to open the end loops on both wire components, then close both loops once the pieces are connected.  The technique to open and close loops in jewelry wire components is described here.

 

Step 10 to instructions for making a V Shaped Yoke Necklace showing two jewelry wire components interconnected.

 

Step 11:  We are ready to add bead dangles to the five loops in our yoke.  Thread a head pin into five 6mm beads.  Using this head pin, make a bead dangle to hang from each loop.  The jewelry technique for making a bead dangle is discussed here. 

Step 11 to instructions for making a V Shape Yoke Necklace showing completed jewelry wire yoke made from common jewelry supplies.

Step 12:  At this point, you are ready to connect your yoke to your necklace.  There are many approaches that can be used here.  You can use a wrapped bead link made of jewelry wire and beads to connect this yoke into a "Chained Jewels" type of necklace, replacing the yoke shown here.  You can use Soft Flex or Soft Touch to connect to either side of this yoke to create a beaded necklace.  A third alternative is to connect to two "catch" type loops as shown at right, allowing this V Shaped Yoke to be the center piece in a Interchangeable Necklace as shown at right.  The Interchangeable Necklace jewelry making technique is discussed here along with the technique for making the catch on either end.   

The technique for making the wrapped bead link using jewelry wire and beads on either end of the V Shaped Yoke shown above-right, is discussed here. 

Step 12 to instructions for making a V Shape Yoke Necklace showing completed yoke made from jewelry wire and beads.

Completed Interchangeable Necklace with V Shaped Yoke made out of jewelry wire and beads using WigJig jewelry tools.

 


Here is an alternative configuration for this V-Shaped Yoke that has beads strung on the short wire segment.  The steps in making this yoke are similar to the prior steps until Step 11.  First, the short wire segment must be made out of 20, 21 or 22 gauge jewelry wire so that you can string beads onto it.  Secondly, with the initial loop in place, thread about five 4mm beads onto the short wire segment. 
 

Alternate configuration for V Shape Yoke made from common jewelry supplies, jewelry wire and beads.



With the beads on the short wire segment, place the initial loop on peg 6 and make a loop around peg 7, as shown at right.  Continue making your yoke as before.  The finished yoke will appear as shown, above-right. 
 

Peg pattern for making beaded spacer bar out of jewelry wire and beads using WigJig jewelry tools.
Peg Pattern for making Beaded Wire
Segment on WigJig Centaur Jewelry Tool

You can use larger beads on this yoke; however, should you chose to use very large beads, you may find that the pegs for your jig are too short to allow you to complete the wire component.  Should this occur, we sell metal pegs for all of our jigs that are "Extra Long" or "Super Long" and will allow you to use any size bead that can fit between pegs 6 and 7 shown above. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions using WigJig jewelry tools:

Because of the way we made this wire component with two separate components connected together, this V Shaped Yoke will be both strong and easy to make.  Using our WigJig jewelry tools allows you to make this yoke in a very consistent manner.  We discussed many options for connecting this yoke into a necklace, either with beads strung on beadstringing wire, via a chain of wrapped bead links or via an "interchangeable yoke" style necklace.  We hope one of these types of necklace will be suitable for your needs. 

 

 



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