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DIY Multi-Strand Bracelet or Necklace Finding-Wire Jig Jewelry Tutorial-Friday Findings

DIY Multi-Strand Bracelet or Necklace Finding-Wire Jig Jewelry Tutorial-Friday Findings

Although I’ve made many multi-strand
projects on this channel, one thing I’ve never made is my own multi-strand
findings. It took a bit of experimenting but I figured it out. Stay tuned to see
how you can make your own. Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday findings
video at So for an upcoming multi strand bracelet
I decided I wanted to make my own findings out of wire, so the first thing
I did was I got out some paper and started drawing them out because I had a
picture in my head of how it was going to work but I had to draw it out to make
sure I understood the wire path and just how it was going to work. I’m not much of
a drawer but just a simple sketch on some scrap printer paper worked and then
what I did was I took one of my sketches and cut it out and I can put this
directly on my wire jig to get the pegs placed properly. And what I have here is
the Artistic Wire Jig. I haven’t used it much and I really like using it. It’s fun
because you can make multiples and repeat them over and over again, so I’ll
probably make more than just the two that I need for this project, I’ll make
several while I’m at it. Now this isn’t super expensive but it’s
metal and it’s a little bit nicer than the plastic one that I’ve used in other
videos. So the first thing I did was I poked a hole in the center one and just
found a hole on the jig and poked one of the pigs through so that’s in the center. What’s nice is that this set comes with
actually four different size pegs, there’s these big whopping ones, these
are great for making ear wires, all kinds of different things, these ones,
and then you have to look closely at these and you can see that there are two
different size of the smaller pegs. So then I just sort of looked at where my
next one would be and just stabbed a peg through there and it kind of lifts it up. And oh, alright so we skipped one here, to put that one there so I’m gonna
get rid of the paper now. So it looks like I’m just skipping one and there’s
my three, and I’ll swap that out with one that actually matches, and then put one
here, yeah here, for the loop that would attach your attach your hook or your
clasp to. And I got out some inexpensive just some 22 gauge, this is finer than
what I’m going to use but you might as well use something that’s easy to
manipulate so you can kind of practice and play and I’ll just use it right off
the spool. I’ve got my little picture here so the idea is that you’ll end up
with two loops here where the connection is and then just one loop on each of
these sides. So you start with a little extra tail and I quickly realized if
that wasn’t going to work. Oh that’s right, I forgot, there’s also these little
things which are handy dandy, let’s get these out of the way, these just secure
your pegs on the back. If you have them all on a line so you can stick your
finger on them, you can do that and flip it over, otherwise you just have to reach
up from the back and pop those on, and if you put a lot of pressure on them they
will pop off but it just helps to have them there. All right let me start over,
I don’t know where I was. It’s a good idea to straighten your wire first, more on that
in a minute. All right, so back to starting my loop here, now if I want my loop to go
the right way, ah, can you see the problem? This is not shaped like my little
picture and and this might work, actually you could use this, but this wasn’t what
I sketched. See, so you have two loops up here and one around each of those but
what I have for these instead of this shape is a long teardrop loop. That could
be an interesting multi strand finding for sure, you could do something
with that definitely, but it wasn’t what I sketched out. So what I realized was I
needed to add another peg… oh, this one I need to throw out because it doesn’t fit..bye, bye… and I keep picking it up and being aggravated by it. There we go, that looks
good, just like that for that little bump out there, and now you see this works
much better. Okay, we’ll start here but now I can go around this and then around
each of these loops and I’m doing this very badly, you need to take the time to
pull these all nice and tight and make them fit neatly but what you end up with
is something more like this doing it this way. But I realized that that is way
too big, I want my pegs closer together. Now if you look carefully at the board,
if you work at right angles to the edges of the board the holes are actually
going on a diagonal across the board, so if I want them to be closer together, and
yes, I have to turn it because that’s just how my brain works, you can use the
pegs this way set them up the exact same way. So here’s one, skip one, put one, skip
one, put one, and one here, one here, and then I think I’ll use a slightly larger
one up here, and what you end up with when you wrap on this one is this. And so
you can see the difference, this has much nicer proportions. So if it’s not working
going at one angle, try going on the diagonal where the holes are actually
spaced more closely together. Now you can work right off the spool, but with this
20 gauge wire that I’m going to use for my finished project it’s a little stiff
for that. So what you can do is make a guesstimate about how much wire you’re
going to use. So if I look at this and I say I think that’s going to use maybe
ten inches, what I would do is take this wire and measure it and use a sharpie
marker to mark it at maybe, oh, I’d overestimate a bit, twelve or
thirteen inches, and this is a great way to do it without wasting wire. Here’s my
wire and my ruler and I’m just going to mark that at 12 inches. Leave yourself
maybe a two inch tail because it’s a whole lot easier to have a little bit to
hold on to. and go ahead and wrap. And I’ll show you this more when I do it
with the 20 gauge, but it is easier with this one. You want to keep your wraps
right on the board as much as possible. Of course as you’re looping around you
have to come up, so take a tool like these nylon jaw pliers that won’t mar
your wire. And then see, for each wrap give it a good tug, and I’m actually
going… no, not that way, this way… along the board parallel to the board you want your
tug to be. And then “keep it low” is what I keep telling myself, keep it right down
to the board. Not a good idea to use your nails all the time,
the nylon jaw pliers are much better. So now I’ve got that I’m gonna give it a
good tug to make that loop nice and consistent. And another… And if it starts creeping up, of course
that’s gonna take up length and make your things not the right size, so use
your tool to press them down, right up against the board, pull on it nice and
firm that way you have nice small, tight, round loops that are just the size you
want them to be. So although the jig is there you do have
to do some of the work and some of the thinking and take a little bit
of care to get things to come out nice, they won’t just automatically. So now I’m
gonna trim that pretty close, I’ll leave a little excess. Find my Sharpie mark,
there it is, and that’s at, oh, five and a half. That tells me I have six
and a half inches of wire here. So I can use that every time and it’s nice
because you can cut a piece and straighten it and not be wasting your
good wire. This is definitely a tool that requires a little bit of practice and
patience to get the hang of it but once you do you’ll be churning out whatever
findings that you’ve designed, you can make them time after time. So let me cut
here what was it? What did I I say? Six and a half inches of wire, it’s always a good
idea to straighten it. This helps make sure your piece is strong. We’ll do the
exact same thing that I just showed you, but with the heavier gauge wire, that
will be our final finished piece. And because it’s heavier gauge wire it’s,
well, it’s heavier, it’s harder so use your tools. I like to use the nylon jaw
pliers because they won’t mar the wire. And get a grip on that and really muscle
it into place. There we go, see now that wire is nice and tightly wrapped around
that peg and then we’ll go back this way, push it down, and then grab it and when
you’re pulling on it.. let’s see if I can tilt this a little to show you… you want
to pull on it parallel to the board, and see how that just straightened out right
here in between those lines? And now I can wrap it around that peg and just
keep it as low as you possibly can the whole way through. That sometimes happenss
it’s no big deal you can just slide it right back on. That usually happens
because you’re pulling up and at an angle rather than parallel to the board. So I really want to get that loop nice and tight around that peg and then I’ll
go around the next one, same thing, pull it nice and tight, push it down. Almost done. Oooh, that’s close, cut it a little close
there, all right, maybe cut a little bit more extra next time. And there, now pop that off. If some pegs
come with it that’s okay. Now you want to take your nylon jaw pliers and just
squeeze the whole thing to flatten and even it up and then what you have here
are two loops and that will help keep the thing… Now here I’m not gonna be able
to use this one as I’ve got, I don’t have quite enough wire, so I’ll show you on
one I already finished. There’s two loops and what you’re going to need to
do is open each of them and trim that wire, and it you won’t be trimming it at
a 90-degree angle to the wire itself,you want to trim it so that it’s
perpendicular to this loop of wire that it’s touching so that when you twist it
closed it meets with a nice join. And you want to do that for both of them.
I wouldn’t recommend hammering this flat because there’s so many twists and
crossovers it’s just going to be really hard not to create weak points where
ever it crosses over. So I’ve got just a sandbag and a bench block and a nylon
hammer and between the squeezing with the nylon jaw pliers and just a little
bit of hammering now this is the point where it’ll come apart, you can see I’m
pulling on that, you probably can’t tell, pretty hard, and it’s hardly coming apart
at all. If you need to you can hammer these side pieces a little bit more.
I’m kind of angling this a little because I’m trying not to hit that
crossover point much because it will make it weak. There now look how much
stronger that is, I’m pulling just as hard as I was. And here you have your
multi strand pieces custom-made. You probably won’t have to look for long to
be able to tell the first one I made where I wasn’t pulling with a tool. You can
see this one is a little different shape, these holes aren’t perfectly round, this
loops up here instead of going straight across. So taking the time to tug on it
with a tool and make it really nice and then finish it with a liver of sulfur
patina or whatever you like and you have your own multi strand finding which you
can, of course, change the jig: make it have more holes, less holes, a bigger loop
up here. To make it a chandelier earring finding, bring these up, see if I can make
it do that, alright I can’t. There we go, like this and maybe
flip one of these down and wire it to the other one. Now I’m just kind of
creating on the fly here, but you can’t, can’t you see the beginnings of a
chandelier earring finding there? So I hope that you’ll take these ideas and run
with them and create your own jewelry findings. If you’re interested in the
supplies I used you can click on the “i” in the upper right or there’s a link in
the description box that will bring you to my blog post with a complete supply
list with links to products and more information. Be sure to subscribe if you
haven’t already, take a look at my Patreon page for how you can get bonus
video tutorials for yourself and help support this channel. Thanks for watching,
happy creating, bye bye!

8 thoughts on “DIY Multi-Strand Bracelet or Necklace Finding-Wire Jig Jewelry Tutorial-Friday Findings”

  1. A little fiddly for my shaky hands but you did a great video none the less . Thanks for sharing Sandy !

  2. Sandy, my bank sent me a new debit card with a chip and I have a new number. Could you email me a link to change it for my Patron please? Thanks! Nice video TFS!

  3. Sandy, I haven't used this type of jig before (flat), but I have used the 3-D bracelet jig (hand-held cylinder jig, Beadalon product). I've seen Wyatt White (its creator/product manager) recommend that, rather than manipulate the wire around the pegs, to instead hold the wire steady and turn the 3-D jig around the wire. Turning this jig around the wire allows the pegs to do the work instead of your fingers/wrist, and gives better control of the wire shape, especially with heavier gauges. I wonder if you can use the flat jig in similar fashion (albeit on the table), and whether it would have the same benefit? Thanks for another informative episode of Friday Findings!

  4. Hi sandy i just came across your channel and I subscribed in youtube and Pinterest too, you are genius i also want to make things with polymer clay but i dont know how to make the clay please help me i need polymer clay recipe

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