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Step E: Now that we have seven Triplex Wire Components, we need to connect those components together. For a beginner or advanced beginner, use 20 gauge wire to make figure 8 connectors to connect the outside loops on the wire components. Our free instructions for making figure 8 connectors can be found by selecting here. For an intermediate wire worker, we used 22 gauge wire to make wrapped figure 8 connector to connect our Triplex Wire Components. You can find our free instructions for making wrapped figure 8 connectors by selecting here. Connect all seven Triplex Wire Components into a bracelet chain. Ensure that your wire components have the same orientation, as shown above.
Step F: With the bracelet chain completed in Step E, we are ready to begin making the clasp and catch. The pattern for the connector to the clasp and for the catch are provided below-left. To make the clasp itself, use 20 gauge wire and follow our free jewelry making instructions here. (In the clasp component shown below-right, we used a 3/16" peg for peg 2 in the pattern for the clasp. We used six inches of 20 gauge wire to make the clasp shown.)
Step G: Before you can connect the clasp to the bracelet, we need to make a connector component. See the pattern for the position of pegs 9, 10, 11 and 12. In the bracelet shown, we made all the loops in the bracelet into wrapped loops. This makes a stronger bracelet, but is more difficult to make. For a beginner or advanced beginner, you can ignore peg 9 and just use pegs 10, 11 and 12. For a beginner, make a "P" loop in a 3 inch segment of the same wire that you used for your Triplex Wire Component and position that loop on peg 10, then wrap the wire around pegs 11 and 12. For Intermediate wire workers, use 4 inches of wire. Position your initial loop on peg 9 and wrap the wire around pegs 10, 11 and 12 as shown. Wrap the loops on pegs 10 and 12 closed by gripping the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and bending the wire tail to wrap the loop closed.
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