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Triangles Necklace

Instructions for making Triangles Necklace out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

 

This necklace uses a triangular WigJig wire component as a yoke combined with triangular beads to make a rather unique necklace.  The yoke shown at right was made on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry making jig, but this component can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry tools

This is an advanced beginners jewelry making project. 

WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace made with cobalt beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

       Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 5 inches of 20G 1/2 hard gold-filled jewelry wire
  • 18 inches of 24G 1/2 hard gold-filled jewelry wire
  • Five 2" gold-filled head pins
  • Seven 5x7mm crystal beads
  • 10 triangle shaped beads
  • 14 inches of commercial chain
  • One commercial clasp
  • Round Nose Pliers

  • Flush Cutters

  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)

  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool

  • 7 metal pegs

  • 90 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 

We begin this project by making the triangle yoke component.  The WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool peg pattern for the triangle yoke component is shown at right.   The pattern for the same component made on the WigJig Delphi or Olympus jewelry tool is shown below, right.  A completed necklace made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown below.

 

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklac eshowing peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.
WigJig Cyclops Jewelry Tool
Peg Pattern

 

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

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 6 inch segment of 20G half-hard jewelry wire. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Position five metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool in the pattern shown below, right.  Then place the loop on the bottom peg of the triangle.  The bottom of the triangle is both the beginning and the ending of this jewelry wire component. 

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace showing WigJig Delphi jewelry tool  peg pattern
WigJig Delphi Jewelry Tool
Peg Pattern

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace showing close up of yoke component made out of common jewelry supplies including jewelry wire and beads.

Step 3 to instructions for making Triangles Necklace using  glass beads, tools, wire and jewelry supplies.
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Step 4: Now wrap the jewelry wire around the metal peg on the right, as shown at right.  This will require you to remove two pegs from the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tools (as shown).

Step 5:  Add the sixth peg to the pattern on your jewelry making jig, and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg, as shown below, left.

Step 6:  Add the seventh and last peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg as shown below, middle.

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and reposition it onto your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, right. 

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace -- step 4 showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 4

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace step 5 showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 5
Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace step 6 showing using jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire components.
Step 6
Step 7 to instructions for making Triangles Necklace showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool.
Step 7

 

 

Step 8:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the top, right peg in the pattern on your jewelry making jig, as shown at right.

Step 9:  Wrap the wire around the next peg in the triangle as shown below, right.

 Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace step 8 showing using jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
Step 8

 

Step 10:  Again, wrap the wire around the next peg in the triangle as shown below, left.

Step 11:  Finally, wrap the wire around the bottom peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool (also the starting peg) in the triangle, as shown below, right.  

 

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace by shaping jewelry wire with WigJig jewelry tools step 9
Step 9

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace step 10 showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 10

Step 11 to instructions for making Triangles Necklace using common jewelry making supplies.
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Step 12:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop with your chain nose pliers. 

Step 13:  Now we need to hang the bead dangles from the five loops in the triangle wire component.  Thread a 5x7mm teardrop bead onto a head-pin and make a bead dangle.   For this necklace, I used our cobalt teardrop beads, item 1087.  Start in the center loop (actually two loops overlapped) and  hang the first bead dangle here.  Follow by hanging the remaining four bead dangles.  Hanging the bead dangle in the center loop ties the two ends of this jewelry wire component together and makes the shape permanent. 

Instructions for making WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace showing close up of yoke made out of common jewelry supplies, jewelry wire and beads.

 

Step 14:  Now we need to make the necklace chain on either side of the yoke.  Using 24G 1/2 hard jewelry wire, connect a 3/4" segment of medium commercial chain to one side of the yoke component that you completed in Step 13 using the wrapped bead link made out of jewelry wire and beads.  For this necklace I used our 9mm Flat Triangle Cobalt beads, item 1471.  Do the same thing on the other side of the yoke component. 

Finished WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace made with cobalt beads, gold jewelry wire and common  jewelry supplies.

 

Step 15:  Continue to add segments of commercial chain to either side of the necklace using the wrapped bead link until you have six 3/4" segments of commercial chain on either side of the yoke. 

Step 16:  I used the same 5x7mm teardrop beads from the dangles on the yoke to connect the end of the commercial chain to the commercial clasp again using the wrapped bead link.  You could use the 9mm triangle beads instead.  For the clasp in this necklace, I used a 6mm magnetic clasp, item 0337 or item 0338.  The finished necklace is about 20" long. 

WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace made out of common jewelry making supplies including gold jewelry wire and cobalt triangular beads.

    

 

Alternative Configurations for making necklaces using WigJig jewelry tools: 

One simple alternative to this design is to modify steps 7 and 8 from the prior instructions so that you make a complete loop around the two outer-most pegs in the pattern.  The resulting yoke would appear as shown at right.  The remainder of the necklace would be made the same. 

WigJig Triangles Beaded Necklace jewelry making alternative design

WigJig Triangles Beaded Jade Necklace jewelry making design closeup





As indicated earlier, this necklace can be made using any WigJig jewelry tool.  Using the pattern from the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool, This necklace would appear as shown at right.  This necklace uses 6mm round jade beads.  A larger view of the triangle wire component made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at left. 

 

Summary of jewelry making project:

This jewelry making project makes a triangular yoke component as the centerpiece of a necklace.  Because of the way we make the component, it will be inherently strong and will resist pulling apart.  We suggest experimentation to determine whether 4mm or 6mm beads will better meet your aesthetic needs. 

One alternative design to consider is to consider expanding the peg pattern by two pegs, one on each side of the triangle shape.  Another alternative design to consider is to start with five pegs on either side of the triangle and then remove every other peg on the sides.  This would result in a triangle with three loops on each side and would allow use of 8mm beads instead of 6mm beads. 

Another alternative design to consider when making this necklace on our WigJig Cyclops jewerly tool is to consider making a larger triangular component using a different angle, like a 45 degree angle instead of the 30 degree angle used above. 

We hope you like this necklace jewerly making project. 

WigJig Triangles Beaded Jade Necklace jewelry making design


 

 



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