Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links
by Judy Freyer Thompson
Now that you have tried your hand at making ribbon wire, make a chain with it. The ribbon wire makes a cool chain when you form it into figure 8 links.
Use the tutorial here to make your ribbon wire.
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Instructions
To make figure 8 links that measure 3/8" when finished, cut 1" pieces of ribbon wire.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , cut 1 inch pieces of wire
To file the ends flat, hold a group of the wires using the cushion clamp and file using the flat file.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , file the ends
Make a mark on your round nose pliers at 3.2 mm using the digital caliper and permanent marker.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , mark your round nose pliers
Grasp one end of the wire on the mark you made on the round nose pliers and make an eye loop, break the neck of the eye.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , make a loop
Grasp the opposite end and make another eye loop, going in the opposite direction of the first. Break the neck and adjust as necessary.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , make another loop
To assemble the chain, use the flat nose pliers to carefully grasp one of the eyes and push it slightly away from the link body, opening the links as you would a jump ring.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , assemble the chain
Slide a link into the open eye; close the eye using the flat nose pliers. Continue until desired length is completed.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Quick Ribbon Wire Figure-8 Links - , , , , , chain of figure 8 links

Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire - 1LB
H11-16D-1LB
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Tools

6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
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Ultimate wire-pliers Set
G15-20
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Wire Jewelry Cushion Clamp - Pack of 1
G10-1
  • G10-1
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  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing, Making Findings, Making Loops