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Flemish Spiral Links

Instructions for making the Flemish Spiral jewelry component out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

Flemish Spiral wire component made with WigJig jewelry making tools and supplies.


The Flemish Spiral Link is quite a common link in making jewelry.  It can be used as a single ornamental link as shown in the bracelet at right, or it can be used as an "S" hook clasp.  Because this link is used so much, here are our instructions on how to make the Flemish Spiral Link. 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools:

  • 2 1/2 inches of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire per Flemish Spiral Made.
  • Any WigJig jewelry making 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 

Jewelry Making Skills:

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making the Flemish Spiral Link using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire at least 2 1/2 inches long.

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, make a loop in the end of your cut jewelry wire with the flush or flat cut. 

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 jewelry wire segment on one of the metal pegs and wrap the wire around the pegs as shown.

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





Step 4 of instructions for making Flemish Spiral jewelry wire link showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.




Step 4B to instructions for making Flemish Spiral jewelry wire link using common jewelry tools.




Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Component Jewelry Making Project made using common jewelry tools.
Step 3 Step 4A Step 4B Finished
Flemish Spiral

Step 4:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  It will appear as shown in picture Step 4A, above center-left.  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 5:  Complete making the Flemish Spiral jewelry wire component by cutting the excess wire and closing the final loop.  When completed, this jewelry wire component will appear as shown above, far-right.  

 

Alternative Jewelry Making Technique by Wrapping Jewelry Wire:

The one alternative technique that we want to address when making this link is the alternative of wrapping the link closed with either 1/2 round jewelry wire or with a fine gauge of jewelry wire.  

Step 6:  Using 22 gauge round jewelry wire or 20 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire, first open both loops on the jewelry wire component. 

Step 7:  Make a "U" shaped bend about 1/2" from the end of a 2 inch segment of the 22 gauge jewelry wire.  Place this "U" shaped bend in position to wrap around the middle of the jewelry wire component and squeeze the "U" shaped bend with your chain nose pliers so that it fits snugly against the wire component. 

Step 8:  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. 

Step 9:  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.
 

This completes the wrapped Flemish Spiral wire component.  Because of the wrapped jewelry wire, this component is stronger that it would be without the wrapped wire.


Wrapping jewelry wire around Flemish Spiral Link Jewelry Making Technique
Starting Wraps of Flemish Spiral Jewelry Making Technique using fine gauge jewelry wire.
Squeeze Jewelry Wire Flat on Wrapped Flemish Spiral Jewelry Making Link

Finished Wrapped Flemish Spiral Jewelry Making Technique made out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.
Open Loops Start Wraps Squeeze Wire
After Each Wrap
Cut End of Wire


 

Other Flemish Spiral Designs

 


 Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.

Flemish Spiral Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with WigJig beads and jewelry supplies.

 
Flemish Spiral
Bracelet 1
Flemish Spiral
Beaded Earrings

Close up of Flemish Spiral Bracelet made using common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

Swarovski Pearl Beads and WigJig Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Flemish Spiral
Bracelet 2
Pearl and Flemish
Bracelet

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This "Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Component" was actually the basis for our WigJig company.  It was the first component that we used as a basis for a jewelry making jig.  Later we developed our Super Pegs accessories to help make jewelry wire components like this one.  As the first component we made using our WigJig jewelry tools, you can imagine that we have made a lot of this component.  As you can see above, we have many jewelry designs that use this jewelry wire component either as a link in the jewelry item or as a clasp.  We weren't the first people to make this jewelry wire component.  We were just the first people to develop a jewelry making jig that would allow a jewelry crafter to make this component consistently.  Hopefully, you will find a design using this jewelry wire component that you like.  We really like Bracelet #1 shown above.

 

 

 

 



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