Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. These little links can be used in so many different ways.

Wire Triangle Link

by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These little links can be used in so many different ways. By using the multi sized mandrels and different types and sizes of wires, there is no limit to your creativity. How will you use these little cuties?

Materials

18 Gauge Black Enameled Aluminum Wire - 200ft
H14-B18-200FT
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18 Gauge Peacock Enameled Aluminum Wire - 200ft
H14-U18-200FT
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16 Gauge Square Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-16SQH
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $12.37
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Tools

Wubbers Triangle Mandrel Pliers - 4 Plier Set
G15-16
  • G15-16
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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Precision Flat Nose Pliers
G2-4
  • G2-4
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the tutorial before starting the project. Follow all safety precautions pertaining to the tools and supplies being used and the space you are working in.
Many of us own a variety of mandrels-wood, plastic, metal-in a variety of shapes and sizes. These stepped mandrels make it so easy to make links/components in many sizes. Working on a stepped mandrel makes it easy to replicate the shape and size over and over again.
Pro Tip: Equilateral triangles (all three sides are equal in length) are made with this tool. Eight different size isosceles triangles(only two sides are equal in length) can be made on the barrels of the four different Wubbers triangle mandrel pliers. Since different wires have different tempers and springiness, it is best to work from the wire spool or coil. When I first made these links, it was easiest for me to use silver plated copper core craft wire because of the soft temper of the wire.
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 2
These links were created using 16-gauge square wire on the 4th step from the top of the mandrel. Begin by leaving a ¼" wire tail overhanging the first corner-first photo. Tightly holding the wire in place on the mandrel, use your fingers to bend the wire trail around the first corner-second photo. Keep the wire as straight and square as possible.
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 3
While wrapping the wire around the mandrel in the same manner as above, make sure to tightly hold the wire on the mandrel (first photo). If it is not held in place, the triangle shape can become lopsided. Overlap the wire on the starting wire-second photo. Cut the wire off leaving a ¼" tail (third photo).
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 4
Remove from the triangle from the mandrel. Grasp one wire end on the tip of the smallest barrel of a three or six step pliers (first photo). Use the pliers to roll a wire loop until it is centered on the triangle side (second and third photos).
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 5
Use flush cutters to trim the wire tail so the tail no longer overlaps the wire underneath it (first and second photos). Use flat not pliers to flatten the loop (third and fourth photos).
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 6
Follow steps 4 and 5 to make the loop with the other wire tail, making sure both loops line up with each other.
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 7
The triangle sides may bow out a little. Put the triangle link back on the mandrel. Hold the mandrel step on the side of a table. Press the wire and mandrel down on the flat surface to flatten the bow.
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Judy Larson's Wire Triangle Link - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire triangle link
Step 8
Use jump rings to connect the links to make a chain. Wire wrap the interiors with a variety of beads to make focal links. These little links will also make fun earring drops. Make links with other shaped mandrels. Oh, the possibilities!