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Wire Chain Watch

Instructions for making Jewelry Wire Chain Watchband using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:

Watch face used for jewelry wire watchband jewelry making project.This watchband jewelry making project couples a watch with loops on either end with a chain that us the same gauge as the loops.  Because the watch has a brass case and brass loops in either end, we made the chain with non-tarnish brass so that it would match.   You can view our selection of watches in our Internet store by selecting here.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  If you can use one of our WigJig tools, you will find that this is an easy project to complete.  We made this watchband in less than 30 minutes.

These watches make great gifts and because they are inexpensive to make should also be an excellent item to make and sell.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

 Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Ruler
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Jig
  • Two 3/16" Super Pegs for the jig
  • 20 minutes of free time


Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making the Jewelry Wire Chain Watchband using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut 13 jewelry wire segments of 18 gauge wire each 3 inches long.  For this project soft wire is probably preferred.Finished Jewelry Wire Watchband jewelry making project.

Step 2:  Using your step jaw pliers or round nose pliers, make a half loop in the end of each wire segment.  You will not need a full loop because this loop will be cut off the finished piece.  You need just enough to hold the jewelry wire on a peg.


Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten all 13 pieces of jewelry wire.  Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool used for making Jewelry Wire Watchband.Hold the jewelry wire by the half loop that you made to make it easier to pull the jewelry wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 


Step 4:  Position one regular metal peg and two 3/16" Super Pegs in Step 4 to instructions for making Jewelry Wire Watchband using WigJig jewelry making tools.your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place the initial loop in your jewelry wire on the regular metal peg and wrap the wire around the Super Pegs as shown.  Do this for all 13 jewelry wire segments.  When you remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool it should appear as shown at right. 


Step 5 to instructions for making Jewelry Wire Watchband using common jewelry supplies.Step 5:  Connect the second of the two loops that you made to the loop on one side of your watch face.  (The watch shown above is from our store.  Please select here to view our selection of jewelry making watches.)  The second loop is the one with the straight wire segment shown on the left in the pictures above.  Once the loop is connected, grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right.  By holding the loop in your Step 5 to instructions for making Jewelry Wire Watchband using WigJig jewelry tools showing after connecting components.pliers as shown you are making certain that the loop won't be bent out of shape as you wrap the wire around itself to close this loop.  Push the end wire segment (no loop) down and around the center of this wire component.  Next grasp the opposite loop and do the same thing with the wire segment attached to that loop (with 1/2 loop).  When you have completed this your wire component should appear as shown at left.


Step 6 to instructions fo rmaking Jewelry Wire Watchband using common jewelry making supplies.Step 6:  Using your flush cutter cut the excess leaving enough wire so that the end of the cut wire will be even with the beginning of the wrap on the opposite side loop.  Please note the length of the wire at  the cut in the picture at right.


Step 7:   Using your bent chain nose pliers or your bent closing pliers, squeeze the end of the cut jewelry wire flat on each side.  That completes the process for making one link and adding it to the watchband.

Step 8:  On one side of your watch you will need to connect six chain links and on the last link you will connect your clasp to the final loop.  Obviously, you will connect the clasp before you wrap the last loop in the chain closed, then wrap that loop closed.

Step 9:  On the opposite side of the watch, you will need to connect seven links to the watch face.  The final link in the chain will become the catch for a lobster style clasp like the one show in the picture at right. 

When that is completed, try your  new watch on.  You may want to adapt this design by adding or subtracting a link or two.  The 13 links plus a lobster clasp used in the watch above right are about the correct length for a normal 7" wrist. 

Alternative Designs made using WigJig jewelry tools:Watch face

Finised Jewelry Wire Watchband jewelry making project made using WigJig jewelry tools.


The prior instructions are predicated in having a loop on either side of your watch.  The same chain will work for watch faces without the chain as long as they are configured like the watches shown here.  In the watch shown at right, the hole is side ways, orientated parallel to the 9-3 axis of the watch.  (This watch is shown larger than its actual size for clarity.)  In the watch shown at left, you can see how we have connected this chain to the watch.  Because the width of the hole is similar in size to the width of the chain, we were not able to use the same size link as the rest of the chain to connect through the hole in the watch.  We needed a larger loop so that it would pass through the hole in the watch.




Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tools for making larger jewelry wire connection to watch face.The peg pattern for making the link with one larger loop and one regular sized loop is shown on our WigJig jewelry tool at right.  In this case, the larger peg is 1/4" and the smaller peg is the same 3/16" size as the other links in the chain.   Use 3" of wire and follow steps 1 through 4 above.  Instead of following step 5, you will need to cut the initial partial loop off the end of the jewelry wire.  After cutting the partial loop, then thread the larger loop into position on the watch face as shown below.

  Watch face showing larger jewelry wire loop connection.

The rest of the steps in assembling of this watch band are as described above. 

Please note that for some watches, the 1/4" Super Peg that we used here may be too small and you will need to use a 5/16" Super Peg.  You will need to experiment with practice wire to see which size works best for your particular watch face.  For both of the watch faces shown above, the 1/4" Super Peg was snug, but worked.

If you have a bead reamer, it would be a good idea to smooth and round the opening in the watch face where you connect the band.  Just insert the bit for your larger bead reamer into each side of the watch face, one at a time, and file/ream the hole in the watch face.  This will help to avoid abrasion between the harder metal of Watch face used for making jewelry.your watch face (steel) and the softer metal of your watch band (gold, silver or copper). 

This same approach can be used with watches that already have the loop like our watch shown at right.  If you want the chain in your watch band to exactly match the link that connects to the watch face, just remove the loop of wire that comes with the watch and replace it with one of the links that you make using the pattern above. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Jewelry Wire Chain Watchbands.  This is an ideal project.  First the materials, including the watch face, are inexpensive.  Second, it doesn't take a lot of time to make.  Third, the result is something you can wear and use and it will look like it cost a lot more than you will have paid for it.  These watches also make great gifts!

Finished Jewelry Wire Watchband jewelry making project.This alternative design for a jewelry wire watchband uses the links described above along with a link that we call Small wrapped figure 8 links made of jewelry wire used in Jewelry Wire Watchband jewelry making project.a wrapped figure 8 connector.  For this watchband, we use one of the links made using the pattern described above (two sizes of loops) along with three of the loops described above on each side of the watch face.  These links were all made in 18 gauge jewelry wire.  These larger links are connected one to another using the wrapped figure 8 connector shown magnified above-left in silver.  The wrapped figure 8 connector was made with 20 gauge wire. 

In the watch shown above-right, the watch face combines gold-tone and silver-tone metal.  For this reason, we combined large gold links made on our WigJig jewelry making tools with small wrapped figure 8 connectors made in silver to mimic the combination of colors in the watch face.  We used a spring ring clasp for the watchband along with a silver guard chain.  For a monotone watch face, we would use the same metal for the large links and the wrapped figure 8 connector, but we would use 18 gauge wire for the large links and 20 gauge wire for the wrapped figure 8 connectors. 

We think you will like this jewelry wire watch band.  We gave a watch to each of our female relatives this Christmas.  They were very well received and made great gifts.




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