Jewelry Making Wig Jig

Perfect for Making Wire Jewelry!

The wig jig is a great tool for making wire jewelry components that look absolutely uniform. Create simple or more complicated shapes and twists for your wire and bead jewelry that are perfect every time.

The jewelry jig is used to help establish a repetitive pattern for use in shaping the jewelry making wire. If you don’t have one than I suggest you give it a go, they are inexpensive and so versatile that once you start your wire jewelry design the only limitation is your imagination.

There are many styles of jigs for making wire bead jewelry, with different sized pegs, different spacing between the holes, and different patterns on the jewelry jig, some square some round or half and half. The material they are made from is either plastic or metal although the WigJigs are made from aircraft acrylic plastic so they are quite durable and able to withstand hammering and can also be used in a vice.

Pegs come in either plastic or metal so you would need to be a lot more careful with the plastic ones as they have a tendency to break, a clear jig with metal pegs would be ideal. Peg sizes are important because they determine the smallest sized bend or loop that you can make in that jig.



Pegs come in either plastic or metal so you would need to be a lot more careful with the plastic ones as they have a tendency to break, a clear jig with metal pegs would be ideal. Peg sizes are important because they determine the smallest sized bend or loop that you can make in that jig.

Check out the information below to help you choose which Wig Jig might be suitable for you.

Olympus Lite

Wig Jig Olympus Lite

Olympus

Wig Jig Olympus

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If you are interested in making matching necklace and earring sets than use the Olympus for the larger necklace design, then you’re Delphi for the finer earrings, so these two jigs complement each other.

Delphi

  • 7.6 x 7.6 (3”) square for all the fine wire work
  • 181 holes and 20 removable metal pegs
  • Hole spacing 4.8mm (1/5”)
  • Can only create angles of 45 and 90 degrees
  • Suitable for 0.6mm to 1.00mm wire
  • The holes are closer than the Olympus
  • Creates smaller more intricate designs
  • Accessories not interchangeable with the Olympus
  • Clear acrylic
Wig Jig Delphi

Cyclops

Wig Jig Cyclops

Electra

Wig Jig Electra

Centaur

  • 10.1 x 10.1cm (4’)
  • This combines the square hole pattern of the Delphi and ½ of the round hole of the Cyclops which gives an enormous range of bead jewelry patterns to choose from. With the Centaur you are able to make almost all the designs that The Thing-a-Ma Jig has.
Wig Jig Centaur

The Thing-a-Ma Jig

  • Made from transparent plastic this will not stand hammering and not designed to be put in a vice. They have plastic pegs so the stems are breakable, so be aware of how much pressure you assert. This jewelry making tool works well with smaller gauge wire and is great for beginners.
  • The deluxe version is made of sealed aluminum with rubber feet. It is a bulkier and heavier jig that is not transparent so you would have to lay your design on the top. The pegs also go all the way through to the working surface and if you remove the jig your pegs will fall out and you would loose your design.
Thing-a-Mag-Jig
Thing-a-Mag-Jig

WigJig Spiral Maker

Wig Jig Spiral Maker

Small Round Super Pegs for Wig Jig

Wig Jig Pegs

Large Round Super Pegs

Wig Jig Pegs

Large Round Super Pegs

Wig Jig Pegs

The beauty of the clear jewelry making jig is that you are able to see your pattern below and can make sure the pegs are placed in the right configuration to match your chosen design.

When I first started to experiment with a jewelry jig I used any leftover scrap wire that I had collected from my projects. Practice using different gauge wires and arrange the pegs in different configurations to get a feel of the many beautiful shapes possible for all your wire earring, necklace and bracelet designs.

A cost effective way to gain experience is use copper or craft wire and when you create a design you like keep the wire sample along with a copy of the peg template, wire gauge, and peg size used. If you wish to create a particular design in the future all the information will be there.

Metal Wig Jig

When you purchase your wig jig there will be some samples of peg configurations to get you started.

For best results the wire needs to be straight, this is most important as you need a smooth flow of the wire. If any problems use nylon jaw pliers to remove bends or kinks.

Start by making a loop with your round nose pliers and put it over the first peg, this will give you a solid base to start and won’t pull free. Add your second peg, wrap the wire around this and follow your pattern adding one peg at a time. By doing this you will have more room to work. If you add all the pegs and then try to work the wire around them there is not enough space for your fingers to push the wire down to the base of the pegs. Your will also find that the wire does not have a smooth flow.

By placing your pegs closer this will allow you to have a larger design selection and you also have the option to leave spaces between the pegs.

By pushing the wire gently with one finger and guiding it around the required peg your wire will not bend and kink. The tendency is to pull and push it where you want it to go, but this creates creases in the wire and also puts more force on your plastic pegs which has a tendency to break them. Use your free hand to control the jig and move and turn it in the direct to assist the free flow of your design. Add your pegs as you go along.

When finished use your wire cutters to snip off the excess wire, and then remove your design from the wire jig. If there are any rough edges use a fine file to give a light sand to ensure it will no scratch or catch on cloths.

If you are using a soft wire then it will keep its shape better if it has been slightly ‘hardened’. Use a jeweler’s mallet, which has a leather or hide head, to give it a gentle hit. If you do not have one then use an ordinary hammer with a double fold of material to cushion the blow.

Using a wig jig to make components for your beading is very rewarding, and it can be great fun to experiment with new ideas and shapes and create your own individual design.



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