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Smile Yoke

Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace out of jewelry wire, beads, bead stringing wire and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Smile Yoke Necklace made with Swarovski Square Aqua Beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

 

 

 

This jewelry making project is called the Smile Yoke because the bottom wire component in the yoke resembles a smile.  This is an intermediate project.  It uses the technique of combining two simple and easy to make wire components rather than trying to make one more complex wire component.  This yoke can be used as an interchangeable yoke as described in this design, or it can be included as centerpiece of a regular necklace.

 


Jewelry Supplies Required:


Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 5 1/2 inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire (preferably half-hard)
  • 3 1/2 inches of 20 or 21 gauge jewelry wire (preferably half-hard)
  • Twelve inches of 21 or 22 gauges jewelry wire (preferably half-hard)
  • Six 1 1/2 inch headpins
  • Fourteen 6mm beads
  • Ten 3mm round metal beads

Peg Pattern on WigJig Centaur Jewelry Tools for making the Smile Yoke Necklace out of jewelry wire and beads.Step-by-step instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of 18 gauge jewelry wire 5 1/2 inches long.  1/2 hard jewelry wire will work better if you have it.

Step 2:  Make a P loop in the end of this jewelry wire with the flush cut. 

Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, grasp the loop in one hand and straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig Centaur jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 so that it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.  Release your grip on the jewelry wire to confirm that it will stay in place.  If it moves away from the hole for peg 3 when you release your grip, push it some more so that it stays in place. 

Step 5:  Position peg 3 in your jewelry making jig as shown above-right.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 so that it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied. 

Step 6:  Position peg 4 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 so that it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 5 with no pressure applied. 

Step 7:  Position peg 5 in your jewelry making jig as shown above-right.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5 so that it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 6 with no pressure applied. 

Step 8:  Position peg 6 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 6 so that it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 7 with no pressure applied. 

Step 9:  Position peg 7 in your jewelry making jig as shown above-right.  Wrap the jewelry wire completely around peg 7.  Instructions for making the Smile Yoke Necklace Step 10 showing jewelry wire shape after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 10:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Close the loop made on peg 7 with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your jewelry wire should appear as shown at left. 

Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace showing peg pattern for shaping jewelry wire on WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.

Step 10:  Cut a piece of 20 or 21 gauge jewelry wire 3 1/2 inches long.

Step 11:  Make a loop in the end of this jewelry wire with the flush cut. 

Step 12:  Using your nylon jaw pliers grasp the loop in one hand and straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 13:  Position pegs 8 and 9 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Thread six 6mm beads onto your jewelry wire segment.  Place your initial loop on peg 8 and wrap the wire completely around peg 9 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig. 

Step 14:   Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the loop in the wire made on peg 9 with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace -- Step 14 showing jewelry wire spacer bar after shaping with jewelry tools.Step 15:  Using your round nose pliers, convert both loops on either end of this component into eye loops.  This wire component will now appear as shown at left (the beads were not included in this picture so that you could better see the wire component.)  This wire component is called the top wire component. 

Step 16:  Now we need to combine these two jewelry wire components.  First open the loop on one end of the top wire component and thread this end onto one end of the smile wire component.  Then close the loop in the top wire component.Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace -- Step 16 showing interconnected jewelry wire components.

Step 17:  To connect the opposite ends of these two jewelry wire components you will need to open both the end loop on the smile wire component and open the loop on the top wire component.  With the wire oriented as shown above-right, you will need to open the loop on the top wire component so that it is up.  With both loops open, connect the two ends and close both loops.  Once connected, the combined jewelry wire component will appear as shown at right. 

Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace made with Aqua Beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
Step 18:  With these two jewelry wire components connected we are ready to add the bead dangles to each loop in the smile wire component.  Thread a 6mm bead and a round metal bead onto each of five head pins.  The techniques for making a bead dangle are described here.  Use that technique to hang a bead dangle from the loops made on pegs 2 through 6 in the smile wire component. 

Step 19:  With your sixth head pin, make a bead dangle to hang from the middle of the beads in the top wire component.  Use a six mm bead and a round metal 3mm bead like the bead dangles made in step 18.

Step 20:  Now we are ready to connect this Smile Yoke into your necklace.  In the picture above,  and in the Large Picture of this necklace, we used the Interchangeable Necklace approach.  You can view how to make the catch connectors for this approach here.  For the connectors shown above, a 3/16" Super Peg was used making a more delicate catch.  The two catch connectors were connected to the Smile Yoke by a wrapped bead link.  Each wrapped bead link was made using about 2 1/2 inches of 21 or 22 gauge jewelry wire, a six mm bead and two three mm round metal beads.  The technique for completing the wrapped bead links made out of jewelry wire and beads is discussed here.  When you have completed both wrapped bead links, this Smile Yoke Jewelry Making Project is completed.  Connect the completed yoke to your interchangeable necklace and you are finished.   

Smile Yoke Necklace made with beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

Instructions for making Smile Yoke Necklace showing peg pattern on WigJIg  Cyclops jewelry tool.

 

 

The peg pattern for making this necklace using our WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools can be viewed at left.  The finished necklace is shown at right.

Summary of Jewelry Making Instructions:

Those of our readers who have read many of our jewelry making instructions know that we value strength and aesthetics in our jewelry projects.  Because we value strength, we used a cross brace across the top of the smile jewelry wire component.  We tried to make this cross brace as aesthetically pleasing as possible by incorporating beads into the spacer bar component we used for the brace.  In the picture of the finished necklace shown above, we also used our interchangeable yoke concept with the "S" hooks and catch on either side.  If this is too much metal for you, you can eliminate the "S" hook and catch made out of jewelry wire and connect the bead stringing wire directly to your Smile Yoke component. 


 

 



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