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Wrapped Link Bracelet

Instructions for making the Wrapped Link Bracelet using jewelry wire, beads and WigJig jewelry tools:

 

 

 

The Wrapped Link Bracelet, shown at right, is a simple jewelry project made with a link called the wrapped link. This link is shown below-right roughly twice normal size.  This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

 



Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet jewelry making design made with violet Swarovski Beads, WigJig Jewelry Tools, wire and supplies.
Violet Cubes Bracelet

Jewelry Supplies Required:

  • 22 inches of 20G half-hard gold-filled jewelry wire
  • 20 inches of 22G half-hard gold-filled jewelry wire
  • Six 6mm beads
  • 1 gold-filled magnetic clasp
  • 3 inches of fine gold filled chain

Jewelry Tools Required:

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

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

To make this bracelet you will need to make 6 wrapped bead links each 1/2 inch long. 

Wrapped Link made out of jewelry wire and used to make the Wrapped Link Bracelet
Wrapped Link

Step-by-step instructions for making the Wrapped Link Bracelet out of common jewelry supplies shaped using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 20G jewelry wire 3.5 inches long.

Step 2:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of this jewelry wire.  Wrap only one time around the wire as shown at left.
 

Wrapped Link jewlery wire and beads bracelet jewelry making design step 2
Step 2
Step 3:  Position two pegs on a WigJig 1/2 inch apart.  (For the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool, as shown at right, these pegs should be positioned on a diagonal with two empty pegs between them.)  Now using your chain nose pliers, grasp the jewelry wire just below the second peg and bend the wire 80 degrees.  See the picture at right for how the wire should look.  
 
Step 3 to Wrapped Link Wire and Beads Bracelet instructions showing wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 3
 
Step 4:  Now remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and make a wrapped loop using your round nose pliers where you just made this bend.  Continue to wrap the wire tail.  The picture at left shows this wrap partially completed.  Continue to wrap until the wire segment in the middle is completely covered.  Step 4 to Wrapped Link Bracelet jewelry making instructions showing jewelry wire being wrapped.
Step 4
 
Step 5:  Cut the wire tail and squeeze it flat using your chain nose pliers.  The finished link should appear as shown at right. Completed jewelry wire link made using WigJig Jewelry Tools and supplies.
Wrapped Bead Link
 

Step 6:  Make six wrapped links. 

Step 7:  Connect all six wrapped links with wrapped bead links using 6mm beads.  Our most detailed instructions for making the wrapped bead link are found in our online book -- "Wire Design Basics". 
You can also find instructions for making the wrapped bead link out of jewelry wire and beads by selecting here.

 

Wrapped Link Wire and Violet Swarovski Beads Bracelet jewelry making design
Violet Wrapped Link Bracelet
 

Step 8:  Connect both ends of this bracelet to a clasp.  A magnetic clasp was used for the bracelets shown above and left.  Before wrapping these links closed, add 2.5 to 3 inches of fine chain to each end.  This fine chain becomes a guard chain for the bracelet. 

Step 9:  Wrap both ends closed and admire your finished jewelry making project. 

Wrapped Link Wire and Swarovski Pearls Beads Bracelet made on WigJig jewelry tools.
Tahitian Pearl Wrapped Link Bracelet
 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We like bracelets made with interesting, colorful beads and strong jewelry wire links.  These bracelet designs qualify in all these categories.  The Wrapped Link is inherently strong and a bracelet made by connecting Wrapped Link segments with wrapped bead links will be equally strong.  If you are seeking a bracelet project and have some attractive beads, consider these designs.

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