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Wire Chain Link

Instructions for making the Jewelry Wire Chain link using our WigJig jewelry making tools:


Close up of Wire Chain jewelry making link made using WigJig jewelry making tools.
Wire Chain jewelry making link, made using WigJig jewelry tools
This link is great for making bracelets and necklaces.  These images are enlarged so that they are easier to view.  The actual link is 1/2 inch long.  The link on the left was made with 1/2 hard wire, the link at the right with the sapphire cube beads was made with soft wire.  I recommend using soft wire because it is easier to complete this piece without marking the wire.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • About 2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire per link.
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Vertical close up of wire chain jewelry making link made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

Making this link involves three regular metal pegs.  The pattern for the WigJig Delphi Jewelry Tool is shown at right.  The steps involved in making this component are provided below.


Peg pattern for making the jewelry wire chain link on WigJig jewelry making tools.

Peg Pattern for WigJig Delphi
Jewelry Tool

Step-by-step instructions for making the New Jewelry Wire Link using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 2 inch long piece of soft 20G jewelry wire.

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

Step 3:  Place this loop over peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire as shown above right. 

Step 4:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the loop off.

Completed wire chain jewelry making link made using WigJig jewelry making tools.

New Link

Step 5:  Grasp one of the loops around either peg 2 or peg 3 with either nylon jaw pliers or with chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  Hold firmly, but not so firmly that it marks the jewelry wire.  While holding one of the loops, push the loose wire tail that leads from that loop down so that it is perpendicular to the wire segment that went between pegs 2 and 3. 

Step 6:  While continuing to hold the jewelry wire, wrap the wire around the wire segment between pegs 2 and 3.  This wrap should happen near the middle of this link. 

Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other 1/2 of the link. 

Completed wire chain jewelry making link made using WigJig jewelry tools.

wire chain jewelry making link connecting between two wrapped bead links in bracelet.

Step 8:  Cut the jewelry wire tails off both sides of this link.  Be sure to cut with the flat side of the flush cutter toward the finished piece. 

Step 9:  While holding the link in nylon jaw pliers or chain nose pliers, press the cut ends of the jewelry wire down and tight to the link using another pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.

Completed wire chain jewelry making link


Step 10:  For a bracelet about 7-1/2 inches long, make six of these links.  This will require 7 beads to complete the bracelet. 

Finished bracelet made using wire chain links and wrapped bead jewelry making links.

Matching Earrings for wire chain link jewelry making project

Finished bracelet made with burgundy beads and the wire chain jewelry making link.

Designs for making the earrings and bracelets shown can be found by clicking on the photos for each jewelry piece.





Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We like to make jewelry chain that is strong and won't pull apart.  The test we like to apply is to consider what would happen if a young child were to grab your bracelet of necklace and pull.  For the chain we like to make, we want it to pass this test.  The chain link described above is both small, delicate and strong.  These are all characteristics that we like in a jewelry making project. 





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