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Flemish Spiral Bracelet 2

Instructions for making the Flemish Spiral Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, beads and jewelry wire:

In this jewelry making project, we will make a bracelet, a necklace and earrings using a wire component made on a WigJig jewelry tool called a Flemish Spiral.   Making the flemish spiral itself is a beginners jewelry making project.  Some of the techniques in making the bracelet and necklace are slightly more advanced.  The list of jewelry supplies below applies to the bracelet, the first project we will undertake. 

Flemish Spiral Bracelet made with WigJig tools, beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.   
Flemish Spiral Bracelet Made
with 6mm glass beads

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Flemish Spiral Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with WigJig tools, beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.
Necklace


Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 5 inches of 20G jewelry wire (half-hard jewelry wire is preferred but not required.)
  • 12 inches of 22G jewelry wire (half-hard is preferred.)
  • Eight six mm crystal beads
  • 1 Commercial Clasp (shown with magnetic clasp)
  • 8 inches of commercial chain
  • Any WigJig acrylic jewelry tool
  • 2 metal pegs and two 3/16" Super Pegs
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2 pairs)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (Optional)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 

 Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making the Flemish Spiral Bracelet:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 1/2 inches long.  Half hard wire is preferred, but not required.  Make a regular loop in one end of this jewelry wire.  (Fine Step Jaw Pliers are preferred for making this initial loop.)

Step 2:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment.  Hold on to the loop to help in straightening the wire.


Finished Flemish Spiral Bracelet Jewelry Making Project.
Flemish Spiral Bracelet

 

 

Step 3:  Add two metal pegs and two Super Pegs to your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the loop you made in the wire segment on one of the metal pegs and wrap the jewelry wire around the pegs as shown. 

Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Flemish Spiral Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

 

 

Step 4:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  It will appear as shown in picture Step 4A, at right.  Now use your pliers to complete this piece by making a second loop with the wire tail.  If you used Fine Step Jaw Pliers in Step 1, both the initial and final loops will be the same size.  After making the loop, your jewelry wire will appear as shown in picture Step 4B.

Step 4 of Flemish Spiral Bracelet Jewelry Making Project showing wire removed from jig.
Step 4A

Step 4B of Flemish Spiral Bracelet showing wire removed from jig after working with pliers.
Step 4B

 

Step 5:  Complete making the Flemish Spiral wire component by cutting the excess jewelry wire and closing the final loop.  When completed, this jewelry wire component will appear as shown at right.   

Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Component made for Flemish Spiral Bracelet   
Flemish Spiral Wire Component

 

Step 6:  At this point we begin to connect the jewelry wire component, chain and clasp into a bracelet.  Cut six segments of commercial chain each 1/4 inch long.  Leave a seventh segment 2 1/2 inches long to be used as a guard chain. 

Flemish Spiral Bracelet made with WigJig beads and jewelry supplies.

Step 7:  Using a wrapped bead link made with your 22 gauge jewelry wire and a 6mm bead, connect a segment of commercial chain to either end of the Flemish Spiral Wire Component that we just completed. 

Step 8:  Using a wrapped bead link made with your 22 gauge jewelry wire and a 6mm bead, connect a segment of commercial chain to either end of the commercial chain that we just connected to the Flemish Spiral in Step 7. 

Step 9:  Using a wrapped bead link made with your 22 gauge jewelry wire and a 6mm bead, connect a segment of commercial chain to either end of the commercial chain that we just connected to the Flemish Spiral in Step 8. 

Step 10:  Using a wrapped bead link made with your 22 gauge jewelry wire and a 6mm bead, connect one side of your clasp to either end of the commercial chain that we just connected to the Flemish Spiral in Step 9.  Before wrapping these links closed add one end of your 2 1/2 inch long guard chain to either end of the bracelet.  (The guard chain is strongly recommended if you use a magnetic clasp on the bracelet as in the bracelet pictured above.  With a lobster clasp, the guard chain is not required.)  Then wrap the bead link closed.  This completes this jewelry making project.

To make matching earrings for the bracelet, it is better to make your Flemish Spiral wire component smaller.  Use the peg pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool shown below right to make the jewelry wire component.  Use a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 1/4 inches long.

Once you have completed making the small Flemish Spiral wire component, finishing these earrings requires an ear wire finding (we used our item 2660 post ear wire with ball and loop), a 1 1/2 inch head pin and a six mm bead. Open the loop in the ear wire finding and add one of the loops in the Flemish Spiral wire component, then close the loop in the finding.  Using a head pin and 6mm bead, make a bead dangle to hang from the other end of the spiral wire component.   
 

Flemish Spiral Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with WigJig beads and jewelry supplies.
   
Flemish Spiral Earrings
 Made with 6mm glass beads

 

As an alternative, you can wrap 24 gauge jewelry wire around the center of the Flemish Spiral as shown in the earrings above right.  To do this, cut a segment of 2 1/2 inches of 24 gauge jewelry wire (preferably half-hard wire) and make a "U" shaped bend about 3/4 inch from one end of this wire.  Open both the initial and final loop in the Flemish Spiral wire component.  Position this "U" shaped bend so that the bottom of the "U" is against the inside of one of open loops.  Squeeze the 24 gauge wire with your bent chain nose pliers so that the "U" shaped bend is tight against the loop.  Now wrap the wire around the Flemish Spiral as shown about three times, stopping to squeeze the wire with your pliers after each 1/2 loop.  Finish the loops with both ends of the 24 gauge jewelry wire on the same side of the wire component.  Cut the excess wire in the middle of the wire component and tuck in the ends using your bent chain nose pliers. This completes your earring. 

 

Peg Pattern for Flemish Spiral Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Peg Pattern on
WigJig Jewelry Tool

Alternative Jewelry Making Design, made using WigJig jewelry tools:

This alternative design is a necklace design.  As shown at right, this design incorporates a pendant watch into the necklace.  This necklace is about 24 inches long, with a 2 inch dangle connecting the watch.  This allows enough length so that you can read the time on the watch.  With these pendant watches, the face of the watch is upside down so that it will read properly for the wearer. 

This jewelry supplies used to make this necklace are as follows:

  • Fifteen inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard)
  • Thirty inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard)
  • Eighteen inches of medium commercial chain
  • Twenty-six 6mm beads or twenty-two 6mm beads and four 4mm beads
  • One commercial clasp
  • One Pendant Watch.

Completed Flemish Spiral Necklace jewelry making project



The peg pattern for making this necklace is shown at right.  This pattern is shown on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool, but the piece could just as easily be made on the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools.  The patterns shown make two sizes of "Flemish Spiral" wire component.  The full size component, the pattern on the left, uses 1/4 inch Super Pegs for pegs 2 and 4 in the pattern.  The small pattern on the right uses 3/16" Super Pegs for pegs 2S and 3S.  For beginners, we recommend using only the full size pattern.  For Intermediate wire workers both patterns can be used. 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Flemish Spiral Necklace Alternative design.

Peg Pattern on
WigJig Jewelry Tool

Alternative Jewelry Making Design #2, made using WigJig jewelry tools:

This design uses five Flemish Spiral wire components.  For beginners, we recommend that you make this necklace with five of the full size wire components using the pattern shown on the left and below.  For intermediate wire workers we recommend making one full size and four of the smaller version of the Flemish Spiral.  The necklace at right shows the combination of large and small wire components.  Making the small version of the Flemish Spiral is slightly harder than making the larger version, which is why we don't recommend this for beginners. 

 

 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Flemish Spiral Necklace alternative design #2

Peg Pattern on
WigJig Jewelry Tool

Large view of Flemish Spiral Necklace made using WigJig jewelry tools, beads and jewelry wire.

 

 

 

Step 1:  Cut five pieces of 18 gauge jewelry wire, each three inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of each of the five jewelry wire segments.  If you have Fine Step Jaw Pliers, use the first step in the pliers to make this initial loop.

Step 3:  Straighten each of the five jewelry wire segments by holding the loop and pulling the wire through the jaws of nylon jaw pliers or through a leather pad.  Instructions on straightening wire can be found here.

Step 4:  Place the initial loop on peg 1, remove pegs 3 and 4 from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Wrap the wire around peg two as shown below-right.

Peg pattern shown on WigJig jewelry tools for making Flemish Spiral Necklace Alt #3


Peg pattern on WigJig jewelrey tool showing jewelry wire position in step 4

 

Step 5:  Replace peg three in your jewelry making jig and wrap the wire around peg three as shown below-left.
 

Step 6:  Add peg 4 to your WigJig jewelry tool and bend the jewelry wire against peg 4 as shown below center-left.  Sometimes this step is easier to accomplish when using one of our extra long metal pegs (item 0447 for the Delphi).
 

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and complete the final loop in the jewelry wire component.  If you have Fine Step Jaw pliers, use the initial step for making the final loop. 
 

Step 8:  Cut the excess jewelry wire.  As always, hold your flush cutters with the flat side toward the finished piece.

Step 5 to Alt Design of Flemish Spiral Necklace, showing jewelry wire position on WigJig jewelry tool.         Step 6 to Flemish Spiral wire and beaded necklace showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.          Step 7 to instructions for making the Flemish Spiral Necklace jewelry making project        Step 8, finished Flemish Spiral link made out of jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 9:  Make five of these Flemish Spiral wire components.  For intermediate wire workers make four small and one large. 
 

Step 10:  Using 22 gauge jewelry wire, open both loops on the wire component.  Make a "U" shaped bend about 1/2" from the end of a 2 inch segment of the 22 gauge wire.  Place this "U" shaped bend in position to wrap around the middle of the wire component and squeeze the "U" shaped bend with your chain nose pliers.  While holding this jewelry wire in position with your chain nose pliers, wrap the free end of the wire around the middle of the Flemish Spiral.  Squeeze the wire at the bend with your chain nose pliers.  Make about three loops using this technique.  Now cut both ends of the jewelry wire near the middle and tuck these cut ends in so that they do not stick out. After tucking in the cut ends, close both loops.
 

Step 11:  Repeat the above process to wrap jewelry wire around the middle of all five Flemish Spiral wire components.

Step 11 to Flemish Spiral jewelry making project showing jewelry wire position with open loops. Step 11 to Flemish Spiral Necklace jewelry making project showing starting of small jewelry wire wrap. Step 11 to Flemish Spiral Beaded Necklace jewelry making project showing small jewelry wire wrap. Step 11 finished fine gauge jewelry wire wrapped to close the Flemish Spiral link.
Open Loops Start Wraps Squeeze Wire Cut End of Wire

     

Step 12:  Starting with a large Flemish Spiral wire component, begin making the necklace using 6mm beads and 22 gauge jewelry wire.  Make wrapped bead links to connect a section of commercial chain about 3/4 inch long with the Flemish Spiral wire component.  Instructions for making the wrapped bead link using jewelry wire and beads can be found here.  Add a second segment of commercial chain.  After adding the two segments of commercial chain, add one of the Flemish Spiral wire components. 

Step 13:  Repeat step 12, adding another two segments of commercial chain followed by a Flemish Spiral wire component.

Step 14:  At this point you will have one large Flemish Spiral as the center piece of the necklace and two chain segments made up of two segments of commercial chain and ending in a Flemish Spiral.  Now add five segments of commercial chain 3/4 inch long and held in place by wrapped bead links using four 6mm beads.  This will leave you with one side of the necklace about 14 inches long, ending in a segment of commercial chain.

Step 15:  Now we need to add the clasp to the end of this side of the necklace.  If you have 4mm beads, use a wrapped bead link with a 4mm bead to connect the commercial chain to the clasp.  If you only have 6mm beads, use that.  This will complete one side of the necklace. 

Step 16:  Repeat the above steps to complete the other side of the necklace.

Step 17:  Now we need to connect the watch to the large Flemish Spiral in the center of the necklace.  In the necklace shown at right, two wrapped bead links were used to connect the pendant watch to the bottom loop in the center Flemish Spiral wire component.  Use 4mm beads for these wrapped bead links if you have them, if not, use 6mm beads. 


The following jewelry supplies were used in making the necklace shown above right.

  • 18g gold-filled 1/2 hard jewelry wire
  • 22g gold-filled 1/2 hard jewelry wire
  • 6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls Cream
  • 4mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls Cream
  • Pendant Watch Gold-tone
  • Gold-filled Round, Medium, Curb Chain
  • Gold-Filled, 6mm Magnetic Clasp

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We have documented this in other places on our web site, and we might as well document it here.  The Flemish Spiral jewelry wire component was the one wire component that started our company.  Our goal was to be able to make this jewelry wire component consistently so we developed a jewelry making jig just to make this wire component.  Many years later we now sell many jewelry making tools and accessories that help us make this wire component.  If it seems like we like this wire component and use it a lot -- we do!

 

 

 



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