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Deluxe Duplex Bracelet 2

Instructions for making the Duplex Jewelry Wire and Beads Bracelet, using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:

 

 

This Duplex Bracelet was named based upon the fact that it is basically two bracelets side by side.  Two views of this bracelet are shown at right.  The bracelet shown at right was made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool using a pattern on the diagonal.  The same pattern could be made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool on the horizontal/vertical and would be slightly larger.  The same pattern could also be made on the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools and would be slightly larger still. 

The bracelet shown at right, similar to our "Chained Jewels" projects, used Swarovski Amethyst Light 6mm bicone beads. 

After making this bracelet design, we got smarter and improved the design.  Please select here to view our improved Deluxe Duplex Bracelet instructions.

Duplex Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Project


Duplex Bracelet with Beads Jewelry Making Project Side View

Duplex Bracelet
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

  • 15 inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • 36 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • Sixteen 6mm beads
  • Two inches of medium commercial chain
  • Two and one half inches of fine commercial chain for a guard chain
  • 1 commercial clasp

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 40 minutes of free time

Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool  for Making the Duplex Bracelet using jewelry wire.

There are three jewelry wire components that we use in this bracelet.  The peg patterns for making these three components on our WigJig Delphi jewelry tool are shown at right.  This orientation for the pegs makes a smaller and more delicate bracelet.  In a later page we will show how to make this bracelet slightly larger.

 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the Duplex Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  We begin this project by making the middle component shown above.  For these instructions we call this component the duplex component.  Start by cutting a 3 inch segment of 18 gauge jewelry wire.  Then make a loop in the end of the wire.

Step 2:  Straighten this jewelry wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 3:  Position three metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below left and place the loop you made in step 1 on the lower, left peg.

Step 4:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and reposition it on your WigJig jewelry tool in the mirror image position as shown below, right.  This is done because following this process will make a finished wire component that is flatter. 
 

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Step 6 to instructions for making the Duplex jewelry wire and beads bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 6:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg two in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 7:  Add two metal pegs to your jewelry making jig as shown and remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool, replacing it in the mirror image position. 

Step 8:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig.

Step 9:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and replace it in the mirror image position.

Step 10:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig.
 

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Step 11:  Finally, we add peg 6 to the pattern and wrap the wire around peg 6 as shown at right. 

Step 12:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire with the flat side of your flush cutters toward the finished piece.  Close the final loop made around peg 6 with your bent chain nose pliers.  Your duplex wire component should now appear as shown below-right.  Make three of these duplex wire components for your bracelet and two more for matching earrings.

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Finished Duplex jewelry wire component.

Step 11 Duplex Wire
Component

Step 13:  Now we need to make the "end" wire component.  This component allows us to connect our duplex bracelet to a single clasp instead of a two way clasp.  If you have a two way clasp, you can eliminate this component and modify your bracelet.  Begin making the end component by cutting a 1 1/2 inch segment of 18 gauge jewelry wire, preferably 1/2 hard.  Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire segment.

Step 14:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment by pulling through the jaws of your step jaw pliers.

Step 15:  Now position three metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool (pegs 7, 8 and 9) and place the initial loop over the lower, right most peg as shown below-left. 


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Step 16:  Now wrap the wire around peg 8 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.

Step 17:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 9 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below left.

Step 18:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop that you made around peg 9 with your bent chain nose pliers.  The finished wire component should appear as shown below.  Make two of these end wire components. 

Step 19:  Now we need to make an optional wire component that is called the "middle" component.  This component helps to keep the segments of commercial chain straight and together as you wear this bracelet.  Begin by cutting a jewelry wire segment 1 1/4 inches long.  Make a loop in one end of this wire component.

Step 20:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment with your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 21:  Position two metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below and place your initial loop over one of these pegs.  Wrap the jewelry wire around the other peg.

Step 22:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire.  Using your bent chain nose pliers close the final loop in that wire component.

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End wire component made out of jewelry wire.

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Middle jewelry wire component made in WigJig jewelry tools.
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Middle Wire
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Step 23:  Now using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp each loop in turn and bend back, converting the "P" loop into an "eye" loop as shown above-right.  See the bottom 1/2 of this web page for picture of how to do this.  Make two of these middle wire components.

Step 24:  At this point we have the wire components completed and we need to begin to assemble the bracelet.  This bracelet is made with one of the duplex components in the center.  This component is connected to another duplex component on either side by two bracelet segments made of two wrapped bead links connecting between one of the duplex components and a segment of commercial chain.  The segment of commercial chain is required to provide enough flexibility so that we can connect all of these components with wrapped bead links.





Side view of Duplex Bracelet jewelry making project.

Completed Duplex Bracelet made out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

The key skill at this point in assembling this bracelet is the skill of making a wrapped bead link, discussed here.  It is also discussed in greater detail in our online book "Wire Design Basics".  If you aren't comfortable in making the wrapped bead link, you should consider purchase of this online book.

Duplex bracelet jewelry making project assembly instructionsNow we start the assembly.  Begin making one side of the bracelet with the central duplex component and one of the side components.  Position these two components so that they are oriented identically with the beginning and ending loops being vertical.  See the picture at right.  We now need to connect loop 1 in the right duplex wire component with loop 3 in the left wire component.  To do this we make wrapped bead link segment A using 22 gauge wire to connect between a 1/2 inch segment of commercial chain (5) and loop 1.  We use wrapped bead link segment C to connect between the other end of the commercial chain and loop 3 on the second duplex wire component.  The beads used for segments A and C are 6mm beads. 

Step 25:  At this point, repeat the above process for the bracelet segment between loop 2 and loop 4.

Step 26:  Now we add the middle wire component (7) between the two segments of chain (5 & 6).  This is done by opening both loops in the middle wire component and connecting them to the middle link in each segment of chain, then closing both loops.  This step is optional.  It can be omitted. 

Step 27:  Repeat steps 24, 25 and 26 on the other side of the central duplex wire component.

Now we need to connect either side of this bracelet segment to our clasp.  To do this we use two segments made up of two wrapped bead links connecting between the end duplex wire component and the end wire component.  You can view this connection at right.

Duplex Bracelet jewelry making project -- more assembly instructions.Step 28:  Again using 22 gauge wire and 6mm beads (4mm beads will also work well, if you have them), make wrapped bead link E to connect to loop 8 on one of the duplex wire components.  Wrap the second loop on this link closed without connecting it to anything.

Step 29:  Make wrapped bead link G to connect between the end link in link E and loop 10 in the end wire component.

Step 30:  Repeat Steps 28 and 29 making links F and G connecting loop 9 in the duplex wire component to loop 11 in the end wire component. 

Finished Duplex Jewelry wire and Beads Bracelet.Step 31:  Perform Steps 28, 29 and 39 for the other side of the bracelet.

Now we need to connect loop 12 in the end wire segment to the commercial clasp (I) and the guard chain (J).  There are three good ways to do this.  You can open loop 11 in the end wire segment and slide the loop in the commercial clasp and one link of the guard chain onto the end wire segment and finally into position in loop 12, or you can use a medium jump ring to connect between loop 12 and the loop in the commercial clasp, or you can use a figure 8 connector.

Step 32:  Before choosing how to connect your clasp and guard chain to finish your bracelet, measure your bracelet to this point.  If your bracelet is over 7 inches long, connect your clasp directly to the end wire segments by opening either loop 10 or 11 and sliding the clasp and guard chain into position in loop 12.  If your bracelet is 7 inches long or less, use either a pair of jump rings or figure 8 connectors.  Your goal is to make your bracelet about 7 1/2 inches long when completed.  Finish this bracelet by connecting your 2 1/2 inch long guard chain and clasp to both ends of your bracelet.

Jewelry Supplies Used:

18 gauge 1/2 hard wire

22 gauge 1/2 hard wire

6mm Beads

Commercial Clasp

Medium Chain

  • Chain Oval Curb Medium Gold Filled (Item 2892)
  • Chain Curb Round Medium Gold Filled Tub Finish (Item 2904)
  • Chain Curb Round Medium Sterling Silver (Item 2613)
  • Chain Curb Oval Medium Sterling Silver (Item 2611)

Fine Chain

Duplex Earrings jewelry making projectAlternative Designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

The first alternative configuration is to make matching earrings for your bracelet.  Using six 6mm beads, six head pins, and one commercial ear wire finding we can easily make matching earrings.  Use the two extra duplex wire components that we made in step 12.  Attach three bead dangles to the bottom three loops in each duplex wire component using your head pins and beads. Instructions for making a bead dangle can be found here.  Connect the top of the duplex wire component to your ear wire finding using a modified figure 8 connector.

 

 

Alternative Design -- Larger Size Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools:

Duplex Bracelet  jewelry making project made on WigJig jewelry tools showing larger peg pattern.

The second alternative configuration is to consider using the horizontal/vertical alignment of your jig instead of the diagonal.  This pattern is shown at right.  This pattern will make a bracelet that is wider.

 

 

 

 

Alternative Design -- Deluxe Duplex Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools: 

This is our favorite bracelet design.  It was made using the horizontal and vertical pattern, but on the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite.  Please select here, or select the picture below to view our free jewelry making instructions for making this bracelet. 

Deluxe Duplex Bracelet jewelry making project

 

Alternative Design -- Deluxe Triplex Bracelet:

Perhaps our best bracelet design is the Deluxe Triplex Bracelet shown below.  Please select here or select the picture below to view our free jewelry making instructions for making this bracelet. 

Deluxe Triplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Frequently, we find that we get smarter as we get older, not always, but often.  This is one of those times.  The original design for making the Deluxe Duplex Bracelet described at the top if this page is not our favorite, but it did inspire us to make many alternative designs which are our favorites.  The original design is much easier to make, but if you have the patience, we suggest making one of the alternative designs. 

 

 

 

 



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