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Twisted heart bracelet

Learn the twists and turns of making a framed heart-shaped link

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4 mm)

  • 5 ft. (1.5 m) 18-gauge (1.0 mm) dark annealed steel wire
  • Flush cutters strong enough to cut 18-gauge (1.0 mm) wire
  • Now That’s a Jig! Starter Kit (www.riogrande.com)
  • Now That’s a Jig! accessories (www.now-thats-a-jig.com)
    • TwistedHeart template pattern
    • PatternPunchr and CornerTaks
    • SwiveLok
    • WireLiftr
    • 3⁄16-in. (5 mm) round peg
    • 1⁄6-in. (1.5 mm) MicroPeg
    • BigRound or BangleSizr Puck
  • Vellum paper
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Steel bench block or anvil
  • 4–6 oz. utility or ball-peen hammer
  • Steel wool (fine, #00) or wire brush
  • Renaissance Wax and soft cloth
  • Metal file
  • Candle or lighter (optional)
  • If cutting jump rings with a saw: bench pin, jeweler’s saw, and 2/0 blade
  • If using copper wire and patinating: ProPolish pads, liver of sulfur, brass brush, and soapy water

INSTRUCTIONS

Twisted heart bracelet a
Photo a
Twisted heart bracelet b
Photo b

Jig setup

1. Download the TwistedHeart template at www.now-thats-a-jig.com, and print it on vellum paper. Place the pattern on the jig bed, aligning the corner holes. Punch through the corner holes with the PatternPunchr, and insert CornerTaks.

2. Use the PatternPunchr to punch holes for the HeartLink as indicated on the pattern, and screw in the appropriate pegs (a). Punch holes for the SwiveLok as indicated on the pattern, and partially screw it in (b). (You will reposition the pegs and SwiveLok for the hooks and jump rings later.) 

Twisted heart bracelet c
Photo c
Twisted heart bracelet d
Photo d

Link components

3. Flush-cut an 11-in. (27.9 cm) piece of 18-gauge wire. Place the wire between the SwiveLok and the adjacent 1⁄8-in. (3 mm) peg, leaving a 3-in. (76 mm) tail extending toward the top of the jig as shown (c). Turn the SwiveLok clockwise to trap the wire, and then tighten the screw.

4. Following the wire path on the pattern, wrap the long wire end clockwise around the link, wrapping clockwise around each corner peg as you go. Bring the wire around the center 1⁄16-in. (1.5 mm) MicroPeg, and then wrap the wire counterclockwise around the left 1⁄4-in. (6.5 mm) peg (d).

Twisted heart bracelet e
Photo e
Twisted heart bracelet f
Photo f

5. Loosen the SwiveLok, and turn it away from the trapped wire and starting peg. Wrap the tail counterclockwise around the adjacent 1⁄8-in. (3 mm) peg, bring it around the center 1⁄16-in. (1.5 mm) MicroPeg, and wrap it clockwise around the right 1⁄4-in. (6.5 mm) peg (e).

6. Use a white charcoal pencil to mark each end of the wire just before it meets the intersecting wire below it (f). 

Twisted heart bracelet g
Photo g
Twisted heart bracelet h
Photo h

7. Lift the link off the pegs with a WireLiftr. Flush-cut the wire ends at the marks made in step 6 (g).
  
8. Place the link on a bench block or anvil. Use a utility or ball-peen hammer to work-harden and texture the component, being careful to only lightly strike the areas where the wire overlaps (h).

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

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