How to make a wig jig for beading

Written by katherine kally
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Wig Jig is a brand of jewellery supplies that enables jewellery makers to create designs with wire, beads and gemstones. The Wig Jig itself is a plastic tray-like object with a sequence of drilled holes. The tray comes with a collection of small pegs that you can arrange in patterns on the tray to make beaded and wire jewellery designs. You can purchase Wig Jigs at your local craft store or online, but you can also make your own jig with nails and a block of wood.

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Things you need

  • Wood block
  • Wig Jig template
  • Printer
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Beads
  • Round nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Select a block of wood for your beading jig. You only need a small space for a wire jewellery design; a scrap piece of 2-inch by 4-inch wood that measures 4-inches to 6-inches wide would be perfect.

  2. 2

    Print one of the available Wig Jig templates from Wig Jig makes strong plastic jigs that are machined spaced for precision that you can use time and again to make a variety of different jewellery designs. Wig Jig offers a collection of free design patterns and instructions for specific pieces, along with templates.

  3. 3

    Place your Wig Jig template on top of the wood block. Mark your pattern for whatever jewellery item you are making onto the template. You can find Wig Jig peg patterns on the company's website to make a variety of designs. When you look at the patterns, the black pegs indicate where you would place nails in your homemade jewellery jig.

  4. 4

    Hammer finishing nails through the template about 1/4 inch into the wood. Wrap your jewellery wire around the nails to make your wire design. You can thread beads over the wire before you wrap it to create beaded wire jewellery. Beading the wire first is easier than trying to add beads as you go.

  5. 5

    Lift the wire design straight up over the finishing nails on your jig. Make a loop or bend the ends of the wire design with round nose pliers to keep it together.

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