Free Jewelry Making Design:
Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a review of our "Dog Bone Chain Bracelet and Earrings". The new finished bracelet can be viewed above. Making the bracelet shown above used two 1/2 inch Super Pegs.
Our instructions for making this chain have been modified. Please select either picture above, or select here to view our modified instructions for making the Dog Bone Chain using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
Past Jewelry Making Techniques:
We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters. You can visit this web page here. Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This newsletter's jewelry making technique is instructions for adding beads to a round chain like the one shown in the picture at right. These beads slide around the round link, so their position changes as the bracelet is worn. This effect can be very interesting.
The steps we used to attach beads to the round links in the chain shown at right, are shown below.
Step 1: Start by cutting a 1 1/2 inch length of 20 or 22 gauge wire.
Step 2: Make a regular "P" loop in one end of the wire.
Step 3: Add your bead to the wire.
Step 4: Position two metal pegs in your jig at a distance from one another that matches the diameter of the round loop in the chain.
Step 5: Place the initial loop on one of the pegs in your jig. Align the bead so that it is between the pegs as shown below-left.
Step 6: Wrap the end of the wire completely around the second peg.
Step 7: Remove the wire and bead from your jig.
Step 8: Cut the excess wire and using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop.
Step 9: Convert the two "P" loops on either end of your bead to eye loops using the tips of the jaws of your round nose pliers. This is done by grabbing the wire in the "P" loop inside the loop, but at the point where the wire end touches the stem of the "P" and twisting your pliers. You can view information on how to perform this jewelry making skill here.
Step 10: Open both loops on either end of the bead. With both loops open it is easy to position the bead in position on the round link in your chain. Please select here to view information on opening and closing loops.
Step 11: Once the wire and bead component is in position on the round link in your chain, close both loops. See the picture above right for how your bead and chain should appear.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet shown at right. The square knot link used in this bracelet is seemingly rather complex, but is really very simple to make when you know the technique. This bracelet is strong and visually appealing. Unless you tell people, they won't be able to figure out how you made it. The pictures below show how the square knot wire component is made from two simple to make wire components that are connected together. The secret to making it easy to combine these two wire components is to bend the end of each component up about 30 degrees so that sliding the two components together will be easy. Once they are together, you use your nylon jaw pliers to flatten the bend and make the wire component permanent.
Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make this Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet using our WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry making supplies.
The following sunset pictures were taken on July 24, 2011. They show three pictures of the same sunset separated by minutes from one another.
Actual Sunset 8:25PM
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Last modified: 07/26/2011