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Scepter Link Bracelet

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

 

This jewelry making project uses 22 gauge jewelry wire to make a link that can be used in a bracelet or a necklace.  My recollection form my days in school many, many years ago is that the Romans had a symbol of rank called a Scepter that was made of a series of wooden rods bound together at top and bottom.  This link uses many fine strands of jewelry wire bound together at each end and for this reason reminds me of the Roman Scepter. 


Scepter link made in jewelry wire.
Scepter Link

 

The bracelet shown at right is made with three of these Scepter links connected together by wrapped bead links.

Making this bracelet is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project. 
 

 

 

                    Jewelry Supplies:

Completed Scepter Jewelry Wire and Beads Bracelet.

 

 

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (desired)
  • Any WigJig acrylic jewelry tool
  • 3 metal pegs
  • 1 long metal peg
  • 45 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:




Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 22 gauge soft jewelry wire 9 1/2 inches long.


Scepter link made out of red jewelry wire.

Scepter Link

 

 

Step 2:  Position three metal pegs in any WigJig jewelry tool, with two of the pegs separated by 3/4 inch.  See the picture at right.


Instructions for making the Scepter Link out of jewelry wire using the WigJig jewelry tool.

Peg Pattern
 

 

 

Step 3:  Make a loop in the end of the 22 gauge jewelry wire and place the loop on the  left most peg on the pattern on yoru jewelry making jig.  Wrap the jewelry wire around the right most peg as shown. 


Step 3 to making the Scepter Link out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 3
 

 

 

Step 4:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around the middle peg  in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 


Step 4 to making the Scepter link out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 4

 

 

Step 5:  Continue wrapping the wire around the bottom two pegs until you have four full loops of jewelry wire. 

 Step 5 to Instructions for making the Scepter Link out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 5
 

 

 

Step 6:  Wrap the wire tail around the middle peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 


Step 6 to making the Scepter Link out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 6
 

 

 

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and flip it over.  Wrap the beginning of the jewelry wire around the middle peg in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown at right. 


Step 7 to making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 7
 

 

 

Step 8:  Now we need to position the wire so that we can twist it.  We have a loop in the jewelry wire on either end.  Position your Fine Step Jaw pliers into one of these loops.  Using a long metal peg (an accessory for our WigJig tools), slide this long peg into the other loop in the wire.  See the picture at right for how this should appear.


Step 8 to making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools.

Step 8

 

 

Step 9:  Now slowly twist the jewelry wire by holding the long metal peg and twisting the pliers around.  Continue twisting until the wire twists tightly extending all the way to the holes on either end. 

Step 9 to making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools.

Step 9
 

 

Step 10:  When the twisting is completed, remove the long metal peg.  Hold the jewelry wire on one end with the step jaw pliers and wrap the wire tail around that end twice.  Remove the jewelry wire from the pliers and insert the pliers into the opposite end.  Wrap the jewelry wire tail around this end two times.  When completed your wire should appear as shown at right. 


Step 10 to instructions for making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools.

Step 10
 

 

Step 11:  Cut the excess jewelry wire on either end.  Using bent chain nose pliers squeeze and tuck in the wire end where you cut. 

Instructions for making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools, step 11

Step 11
 

 

Step 12:  Using your chain nose pliers and your step jaw pliers, hand finish the wire component.  Try to make both end loops as round as possible. 

Instructions for making the Scepter Link Bracelet using wire and common jewelry making tools.
Step 12


Step 13:  Make at least three of these Scepter Links using the steps that were described previously.
 

Step 13 to instructions for making the Scepter Link Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools.

 

Step 14:  The bracelet shown at right was made with 8mm Black Lace Agate beads (the white "lace" in the beads does not show well in these photographs.)  The bracelet is made by first connecting two of the Scepter Links together using a wrapped bead link.  Then connect the third Scepter Link to one end of the other two with the same wrapped bead link. 
 

Completed Scepter Link Bracelet showing beads added to bracelet using the Wrapped Bead Link.

 

 

Step 15:  With all three links connected together, add two wrapped bead links to either end of the three Scepter links. 


Completed Scepter Link Bracelet made with black beads and common jewelry supplies.
 

Step 16:  In order to make this bracelet come out to be 7 1/2 inches long, two 4mm beads were used to connect either end of the bracelet to the clasp.  Again, the wrapped bead link was used with these 4 mm beads.  In the bracelet shown, a 6mm gold-filled magnetic clasp was used.  Whenever a magnetic clasp is use for a bracelet, it is a very good idea to use a guard chain about 2.5 inches long made of fine, commercial chain.  This guard chain is attached at the same time as the clasp, before the link holding the clasp is wrapped closed.  This completes this bracelet project. 

Jewelry Making Supplies

 
  • 22 Gauge Gold-Filled Soft Wire
  • 22 Gauge Gold-Filled Half-hard Wire
  • 8mm Black Lace Agate Beads
  • 4mm Black Onyx Beads
  • 6mm Gold-Filled Magnetic Clasp
  • Fine Gold-Filled Chain
   

Alternative Designs made using WigJig jewelry making tools:

A similar bracelet can be made using 24 gauge jewelry wire instead of 22 gauge.  The resulting Scepter Link will be thinner and more delicate.  At the bottom right, you can view a bracelet made with four 24 gauge Scepter Links and six 8mm Chinese Jade beads.  This bracelet uses a lobster claw clasp and does not require a guard chain, but it does require a partner to help in putting it on.

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Some designs are easier to make consistently and some are less easy.  This design is one of the designs that is slightly more difficult to make.  Once you have practiced making this link out of jewelry wire, you will find that you can make this link and have it look great.  If you aren't willing to practice making a piece, choose another jewelry making project.

 


Scepter link made out of 24 G jewelry wire.

24 Gauge Link

Scepter Link Bracelet made with beads and 24 gauge jewelry wire.

 

 



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