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Instructions for making the WigJig Ring out of beads, jewelry wire, and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Jewelry WireWigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project


We show two views of our WigJig Rings jewelry making project here.  This design is a design for an intermediate wire worker.  It is not suitable for beginners.  In fact, we had to practice this design about 6 times before we were satisfied with the results.  In the following sections, we will provide detailed directions on how to make this ring using jewelry wire.  We are still working on how to embellish this ring with beads and will show our ideas for this later. 
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

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  • 6 1/2 inches of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire
  • 4 inches of 21 gauge 1/2 round half-hard jewwlry wire
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • 1/4" Super Peg for the jig you use
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making the WigJig Ring using WigJig jewelry tools, beads, jewelry wire, and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut a segment of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire 6.5 inches long.

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of this jewelry wire using your round nose pliers or Fine Step Jaw Pliers.

Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers straighten the jewelry wire by repeatedly pulling the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers while you hold the loop in tWigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Peg Patternhe wire. 

Step 4:  Position a regular metal peg and a 1/4" Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right, about 2.4 inches apart for a size 7 ring.  WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 5Adjust the distance as necessary to get the size ring you require.  Place your initial loop in your wire on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 as shown above-right.

 

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 6Step 5:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and grasp the loop made around peg 2 with your chain nose pliers and bend the jewelry wire as shown at right.  The vertical wire segment that you bent, should point to the center of the circle of wire made around peg 2.

 

 

 

 

Step 6:  Now we need to bend the other end of the jewelry wire down in a similar WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Projectmanner.  Again, grasp the loop made on peg 2 with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire down.  Both wire segments should be parallel to one another and should both point to the center of the loop. 

Step 7:  At this point the initial loop is pointing toward the other wire segment.  WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 8We need to grasp this initial loop and twist in 180 degrees so that it is pointing away from the other wire segment.  You can see the desired orientation of this loop at left. 

Step 8:  We are now ready to make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire at the same point on the wire as the initial loop.  Using the initial loop as your guide, made a loop in the end wire segment.  The goal is that the end loop and the initial loop should point away from each other and should be the same distance from the loop made around the 1/4" Super Peg, peg 2.  See the picture at right.

 

 


WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 9Step 9:  At this point you are ready to cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  The wire component should appear as shown at right. 

 

 

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 10

Step 10:  Now we are ready to wrap the shaped jewelry wire around your ring mandrel.  This is done by hand.  Because the ring mandrel is tapered it is a good idea to wrap your wire component about 1/2 way around then remove it from your ring mandrel and re-insert it on the ring mandrel in the opposite orientation.  This will help to keep the bends consistent on both sides of the ring.  Bend the wire until the ends almost meet as shown at left. 

 

 

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 11Step 11:  Remove the wire from your ring mandrel and by hand insert the initial and final loops into the larger circle of jewelry wire made around the 1/4" Super Peg.  It will be easier to insert one loop at a time.  When both loops are in place the wire should appear as shown in the picture at WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 12right.

 

 

Step 12:  Now replace the wire onto your ring mandrel and squeeze it tightly against the ring mandrel by hand.  Remove from the mandrel and rWigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 13eplace in the opposite orientation and squeeze again. 

 

 

Step 13:  Now without removing the jewelry wire component from your ring mandrel, we need to bend one of the loops over the loop of wire made around the Super Peg.  WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 14See the picture above-right for how this should appear.

Step 14:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the ring mandrel and replace it in the opposite orientation and bend the second loop over the circle of wire WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 15made around the Super Peg.  Your wire should appear as shown at left. 

Step 15:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your ring mandrel and by hand press the two loops down and shape the wire.  You may need to use your bent chain nose pliers or nylon jaw pliers to help push the two loops down.  Try to avoid scratching the wire.

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 16Step 16:  To finish this ring we need to wrap fine gauge jewelry wire around both sides of the ring to keep the two wire segments together.  This is easiest to perform using 21 gauge 1/2 round 1/2 hard jewelry wire.  Cut a segment of this jewelry wire about 1 3/4" long.  Make a "U" shaped bend in the wire with the tips of your round nose pliers.  Position the bottom of the "U" next to one side of the ring and wrap the wire around tightly about 4 times.  Squeeze the wrapped wire with your bent chain nose pliers after each wrap.  Cut the ends of the 1/2 round wire so that they will not show on the inside of the ring.  Squeeze the wrap with your bent chain nose pliers.  If you want, you can put a small drop of Super Glue or Jeweler's Cement to hold the two wire ends flat inside the ring. 

WigJig Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 17Step 17:  Perform a similar wrap of 21 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire on the opposite side of the ring. 

Step 18:  Try your new ring on.  If it fits, you are done.  It the ring is slightly loose, you can wrap wire around the bottom of the ring just like you did on each side.  This will make the ring slightly smaller. 

You can see two views of the finished ring below.  The difference between these two rings, other than the color of wire is the distance between pegs 1 and 2.  In the green ring below, peg 1 is one hole further from peg 2 and so the beginning and ending loops are a little further from the circle of wire made on the Super Peg.  Both styles work.  The style in the green wire is slightly easier to make. 

    

Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 1     Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 2     Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 3

Embelish your WigJig ring with beads using WigJig jewelry tools:

It took us a little while to figure out exactly how to connect beads to our ring in the manner that would work best.  Our first solution uses 4mm round beads as shown above.  A very nice lady at the Rockville, Maryland Center for the Arts told me that women love pearls.  Her statement inspired me to us a Swarovski Crystal Pearl Bead to complete the ring shown above.  One nice feature of this design is that the pearl bead can move in the "setting" but it always stays in the center of the circle regardless of how the support wire twists. 

To make the setting for the 4mm round Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Pattern Made with Swarovski Pearl BeadsGold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Pattern Made with Swarovski Pearl Beads step 19bead you use 21 or 22 gauge jewelry wire (preferable 1/2 hard round jewelry wire) and a WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tool.  Make an initial loop in a piece of 21 or 22 gauge wire about 1 1/2 inches long.  Straighten the wire and add your 4mm round bead.  Any round bead will do, even a faceted round bead like a Swarovski cut glass crystal bead.  Position two regular metal pegs in your WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tool as shown.  Place your initial loop on Peg 1, and wrap your wire around peg 2.  Please note that these two pegs are positioned on the diagonal of your jig, with one empty hole between the two pegs. 

 

 

Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Pattern Made with Pearl Beads Step 20Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown at left. 

 

Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Pearl Beads Step 21
Next, using the tips of your round nose pliers, convert each of the loops in the wire component to eye loops.

Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Pearl Beads Step 22The last step before connecting the pearl to the ring is to open the loops on either end with your chain nose pliers.  At this point you are ready to position the pearl wire component in the loop of the ring as shown above and then close both loops again with your bent chain nose pliers to complete the ring.


Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 1   Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 2   Gold-Filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl Beads View 3

Making a WigJig Ring with Raised Loops to hold a beads, using WigJig jewelry tools:

Below, we will discuss a new design for a ring, similar to the above design, but with raised loops used to hold a bead or beads in the center of the design.  This design uses 18 gauge soft wire for the body of the ring, 24 gauge wire for mounting the bead between the loops in the ring and 21 gauge 1/2 round or 22 or 24 gauge round wire for wrapping on either side of the center of the ring.  The ring can be made with any WigJig tool using three metal pegs and will require a ring mandrel to complete the ring.  Pictures of this new ring can be seen below. These pictures are slightly larger than the actual size of the ring. 

Step-by-step instructions for making this ring begin below.  This is an advanced beginners jewelry making project.  Please remember to use practice wire for the first several attempts until you are satisfied with the product. 

Step-by-step instructions for making a ring with raised loops:

Step 1:  Straighten a segment of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire 7 inches long using your nylon Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 2jaw pliers.  (This step is different that normal as we suggest straightening the jewelry wire while it is still attached to the spool before cutting since we will not be making a loop in the end of the wire to hold the wire.)  When you have the 7 inch segment of wire straight, cut the jewelry wire with your flush cutter. 

Step 2:  Using your ruler, measure to the middle of the wire segment (3 1/2" from either end.)  Grasp the wire about 1/8" from the middle using your bent chain nose pliers.  Hold the wire firmly and bend the jewelry wire at the mid-point 90 degrees as shown at right. 

Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 3Step 3:  Position three metal pegs on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the 90 degree bend in your jewelry wire against the Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Projectmiddle peg in the pattern. 

Step 4:  Using the thumb from your non-dominant hand press and hold the jewelry wire in position, while with your dominant hand you wrap the wire around one of the pegs in this pattern on your jewelry making jig.Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Pattern Step 5

Step 5:  Reposition your thumb so that you can hold the wire in place while you wrap the wire around the remaining peg in this pattern.  When completed your wire should Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 6appear as shown at right.

Step 6:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  One at a time, grasp one of the loops in your jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers and rotate it 90 degrees as shown at left.  After completing this for the first loop, then perform the same step on the second loop.  When completed your jewelry wire component should appear as shown at left.Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 7

Step 7:  Now we need to grasp each loop, in turn with your bent chain nose pliers, near the beginning of the loop, and bend the jewelry wire at that point 45 degrees.  Do this for both loops.  When done correctly, you can replace the wire on your jig as shown at right.  Please note that two of the pegs in this pattern have been Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 8moved. 

Step 8:  Grasp each loop in turn with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire 45 degrees as shown at left.  Visually, the opposite sides of the jewelry wire in the figure formed should be parallel to one another. 

Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 9Step 9:  At this point we need to grasp in turn, each wire tail and bend it 45 degrees so that the two tails end up parallel to one another as shown at right.  You will need to grasp the jewelry wire about 1/8" from the center point in the square so that the finished wire component will remain symmetrical.  This step will require some practice.  We did not get it right the first two or three times, so please don't get discouraged if it isn't perfect the first time.  Ours wasn't Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 10either. 

Step 10:  Now we are ready to take our flat piece of wire and make it into a ring.  To do this we use the ring mandrel so that we get a rounded shape in the size that we need.  Begin bending the wire tail, away from the loops until you can insert the wire tail into the square shape as shown.  Continue bending the wire against the ring mandrel until the wire is round in the appropriate size.  When you are close to the correct size, bend the wire tail over as shown.  Using a nylon hammer or a rawhide hammer to hammer the wire lightly against the ring mandrel will help.  Try to hammer everywhere but on the two loops.  The signal that you have hammered enough is that the ring is round as shown.  If your ring isn't round, you probably need to hammer some more, pulling the Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 11wire tail to remove any slack in the wire.

Step 11:  When you have a perfectly round ring, then bend each wire tail down as shown at right.  This fixes the size of the ring.  After this step it will be difficult to make changes.  In the picture at right, the wire tails are each bent on the outside of the ring.  They are not on the same side of the ring.  Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 12

Step 12:  Now you are ready to cut the excess jewelry wire.  Using your flush cutters, cut the wire and after completing the cut, use your bent chain nose pliers to bend the cut ends of the wire back on top of the rounded portion of the wire.  This is a good time to put the ring back on the ring mandrel and hammer lightly to make sure that you have a good, round Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 13shape. 

Step 13:  At this point we need to add the decorative bead between the two loops.  Start by cutting a segment of 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire about 2 1/2 inches long.  Thread this jewelry wire segment through one of the loops, through the center of a 6mm bead and then through the opposite loop.  The next part requires some patience.  You need to wrap this 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire around the bottom of the loop.  (The bottom is the part of the loop closest to the inside of the ring.)  Use your bent chain nose pliers to help in positioning the wire.  Wrap about three times on each side and cut the excess wire.  Squeeze the cut ends flat again using your bent chain nose pliers. 

Beaded Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 14Step 14:  To complete this ring, you need to wrap fine gauge wire around both sides of the ring as shown at right.  This is easiest to do with 1/2 hard, 1/2 round jewelry wire.  21 gauge 1/2 hard 1/2 round jewelry wire is a good gauge to use if available.  If you don't have 1/2 hard 1/2 round wire you can use 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Use a segment of jewelry wire about 2 1/2 inches long on each side and wrap the wire around about 4-5 times on each side.  Cut the excess jewelry wire on the inside of the ring so that the end of the wire won't show.  After cutting the wire, squeeze the wire tail flat using your bent chain nose pliers. 

In the ring shown above-right, we started the wrap on the right side of the ring as we view it by making a wrap around one of the sides of the square, then sliding this wrap into position, and continuing the wrap around both segments of the ring for 5 full wraps, then cutting the jewelry wire on the inside of the ring.

On the left side of the ring above-right, we started the wrap with the cut end under the ends of the cut wire so that the end of the 22 or 24 gauge wire was hidden.  We then wrapped around both segments of jewelry wire five full wraps, ending by cutting the wire inside the ring and squeezing the cut end flat. 

This ring design will accommodate a 6mm or an 8mm bead.  When using a 6mm bead, you can also use size 11 seed beads on either side of the bead if desired. 

This presents the opportunity to make a matching set of earrings, necklace, bracelet and now ring all using the same beads.  Good luck making your matching jewelry!

Remember that making this ring is like trying to get to Carnegie Hall.  You will need to practice, practice and practice.  This isn't the easiest project to complete but with a little practice you can be successful. 

 

 



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