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Wig Jig Wirework

Step-by-step on basic wirework techniques with wig-jig wire, presented by Crafty Corner

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wigjig wire

What you need for basic wig jig wirework:

  • Wig-jig wire
  • Beads
  • Jump Rings
  • Clasps
  • Flat-nosed Pliers
  • Side-cutters
what you need for wirework

Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft.

The following technique is one of the first that I use to make basic pieces of jewellery, using wire in between, instead of acculon or thread. This creates a finished piece that does not wear or break easily.

You get different types of wire. Galvanised / stainless steel wire is the cheapest and is available at most hardware retail outlets. Silver or bronze plated copper wire and wigjig wire is available in a variety of colours and can be found at most bead stores. Be sure to look for 18 or 20 gauge wire (between 0.7mm and 0.9mm). Anything thicker than that makes it harder to work with the wire and any wire thinner than that is useless as it will not be strong enough.

This is a simple technique, making hooks, threading beads onto the wire and making hooks again, until you have a chain long enough to either call a necklace or bracelet.

Step 1

Using flat nose pliers, start by closing a jump ring.

close jump ring using pleirs

Step 2

Make a hook with the tip of your flat nose pliers on a piece of wire.

make a hook

Step 3

Hook the wire onto the jump ring, and then use your pliers to close the hook around the jump ring.

close your hook around a jump ring closed jump ring on hook

Step 4

Thread your beads onto the wig-jig wire.

add beads to hook and ring

Step 5

Using your pliers, make another hook as close to the beads as possible.

wire hook with bead hook and bead on wire

Step 6

Cut the wig-jig wire using side cutters, leaving enough length to complete the hook.

cut off excess wigjig wire complete hook

Step 7

Add another jump ring through the hook. Close the hook and repeat this until you have a wire chain of your desired length.

add another jump ring

Step 8

When finishing off the chain, add a lobster clasp onto the last jump ring before closing it so taht you can open and close your chain. There are so many possibilities with this basic technique if you let your imagination go wild!

I hope I have managed to inspire you in the art of jewellery manufacture and design. If at first you don't succeed try again, and again, and again, until you can make your own handmade wire jewellery... Enjoy!

add lobster clasp to finish wire chain
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