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|Step 1: Cut and straighten a three inch piece of 20G round, 1/2 hard
wire. (Soft wire can be used, but the design works better in 1/2
hard wire because the loops around the pegs are tighter.
Step 2: Make a loop in one end of the wire.
Step 3: Position the pegs in your jig as shown at right.
This pattern is for the Cyclops or Electra. A similar pattern using
the 45 degree angle can be made on the Delphi or Olympus/Olympus-Lite.
Step 4: Place the loop in the 20G wire on one of the end pegs in the pattern and wrap the wire as shown above right. This pattern works best if you wrap from one end of the "V" to the center, completing the center loop, then remove the wire from the jig and flip it over, replacing it on the opposite side of the "V". Now finish the wrap up the other side of the "V". This will make a more symmetrical wire component.
Step 5: Remove the wire from the jig and cut the excess wire at the end with your flush cutter. Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.
Step 6: Squeeze the wire component in the jaws of Nylon Jaw Pliers in several different orientations to harden the piece, set the shape and make the wire as two dimensional as possible.
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This WigJig jewelry project is provided as part of WigJig University - College of Jewelry Designs. We try to provide interesting jewelry projects using beads, jewelry wire and other jewelry supplies. We hope that these pictures will provide you enough information for you to complete this project. Some of the skills and jewelry making techniques have not been discussed here. For beginners, we suggest that you visit our Beginners Start Here pages. These pages discuss the skills necessary for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need. We also suggest that beginners to jewelry might need to visit the WigJig University College of Jewelry Techniques for additional information about some of the skills and techniques shown.
Most, but not all of the jewelry supplies shown here can be purchased in our WigJig store. We try to have a complete selection of jewelry supplies in our store including chain, wire, glass beads, findings, watches, tools, etc.