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  • Trillium Traces

    Trillium Traces

    by Patti Bullard

    Reminiscent of the three‐petal Trilliums found in nature, this new and unique jewelry design portrays the stark contrast between linear angles and soft, flowing curves. One of the first patterns developed by Patti Bullard using her exclusive Wubbers Designer Triangle Mandrel Pliers, it holds unlimited possibilities for intricate jewelry designs that were previously impossible to achieve.  Use the Trillium Traces link to make chains, earrings, and pendants, and be prepared to let your imagination flourish!

    •           STEP 1          

      With 18‐gauge wire that has been flush cut, use the small jaw of your Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers to make a round loop.

      Working directly off the coil or spool will save wire and virtually eliminate waste.

      Step 1

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                STEP 2          

      Grip the round loop in the center of the jaws of the Wubbers Medium Triangle Mandrel Pliers as shown, and form the wire around the smaller jaw.

      Step 2a

      You will need to open the jaws of the pliers to cross the wire through as shown. Press the wire into place to complete the triangle.

      Step 2b

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                STEP 3         

      Turn the pliers over, aligning the smaller jaw with the first triangle just formed. The first triangle should angle off the pliers as demonstrated.

      Bend the wire around the smaller jaw once again, crossing it through the jaw of the pliers. Press the wire into place to finish shaping the second triangle.

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                 STEP 4         

      Center the small jaw of the bail making pliers inside the second triangle and begin to wrap the wire around the small jaw of the Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers.

      Reposition the Bail Making Pliers to finish the loop so that it can be formed perfectly round and centered in the triangle.

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                 STEP 5         

      Flush cut the wire so that the second loop is closed but not overlapping the side of the triangle.

      With your hands, bend and shape the loops and the triangles into a flat link. When you lay the link down on a flat surface, none of the wires should be overlapping each other.

      Placing the link in the jaws of the Wubbers Triangle Mandrel Pliers and pressing gently will help arrange the wires so that they do not overlap each other.

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                STEP 6         

      Arrange the links end to end on your work surface end to end, making sure that the loops are all turned the same direction. Gently hammer the links with a polished, dome faced chasing hammer to flatten the wire slightly. After hammering, readjust the links so that the loops are closed and the triangles are aligned with each other, being mindful to keep the links turned in the same direction.


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                STEP 7         

      To make the hook for the clasp, repeat steps 1 and 2. Grip the center of the link as shown, and make a 90-­‐degree bend using a pair of Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers.

       

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                  STEP 8         

       Flush cut the straight end of the wire to a length of 1.25 inches.


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                 STEP 9         

      Make a small loop on the end of the wire with a pair of Wubbers Round Nose Pliers.

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                 STEP 10         

      With the Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers, grip the wire so that the smaller jaw is snug against the cut end of the small loop. Roll the wire around the larger jaw of the pliers to complete the hook.


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                STEP 11          

       Connect the links end to end using 2 of the 18-­‐gauge 3.5mm sterling jump rings between each. In the same manner, connect the hook to the end of the chain.


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