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Instructions for making Flemish Spiral Bracelet out of jewelry wire, and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

We have a tendancy to focus on making jewelry with both wire and beads and we frequently forget that many commercial pieces of jewelry are made from just precious metals.  This bracelet making project is made on our WigJig jewelry tools using just jewelry wire without any beads.  We like the end result and hope you will too. 

Please select here to view our free instructions for making matching Flemish Spiral Earrings.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 18 gauge jewelry wire for Flemish Spiral wire components (try 16 gauge for more advanced jewelry makers.)
  • 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire for wrapping.
  • 20 gauge jewelry wire for figure 8 connectors. 
  • Clasp purchased or make your own.
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (Optional)
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool
  • Super Peg accessories for WigJig jewelry tool

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making the Flemish Spiral Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

 Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.Step 1:   All three wire components can be made using 18 gauge jewelry wire.  Soft jewelry wire is preferred.  Using your flush cutter, cut two segments of jewelry wire 2 1/2" long for the smallest Flemish Spiral wire component, two segments of jewelry wire 3 1/4" long for the middle wire component and two segments of jewelry wire 4" long for the largest wire component. 

Step 2:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in one end of each segment.  Chose the end of the jewelry wire segment with the flush cut for making the loop.

Step 3:  Now we need to straighten the jewelry wire.  Grasp the wire with your thumb and the index finger on your non-dominant hand and repeatedly pull the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Do this until eachStep 4 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tools.segment of wire is straight. 

Step 4:  Position two 3/16" Super Pegs, pegs 2 and 3, two 1/4" Super Pegs, pegs 6 and 7, and two 5/16" Super Pegs, pegs 10 and 11, along with six regular metal pegs, pegs 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 5:  Place the initial loop from one of the 2 1/2" segments of wire on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2, 3 and 4 as shown in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Do this for both 2 1/2" segments of jewelry wire.

Step 6:  Place the initial loop from one of the 3 1/4" segments of wire on peg 5 and wrap the wire around pegs 6, 7 and 8 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown.  Do this for both segments of 3 1/4" jewelry wire.

Step 7:  Place the initial loop from one of the 4" segments of wire on peg 9 and wrap the wire around pegs 10, 11 and 12 as shown on the pattern for your WigJig jewelry tool.  Do this for both segments of 4" jewelry wire. Step 8 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 8:  Remove each jewelry wire segment from your jig.  It should appear as shown at right. Step 9 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

Step 9:  Using your step jaw pliers, make a loop in your wire at the point where the "U" shaped bend was made around the final peg in that pattern.  When completed, your wire component should appear as shown at left.

 

Step 10 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing three jewelry wire components.Step 10:   Using your flush cutter cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop (where you just cut the wire) with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown at right. 

Step 11:  Wrapping the center of the Flemish Spiral wire components is optional, but recommended if you have the 1/2 round wire.  By wrapping the center, you close the loops in the component and make itStep 11 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing jewelry wire for wraping wire component closed.more permanent.  The first step in wrapping the center closed is to cut a 2" segment of 1/2 round wire and make a "U" shaped bend 1/8" from the end of the wire.  In the picture shown at left, we made the "U" shaped bend properly, but left too much wire, the short end of the wire should be no longer that 1/8". Step 12 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing jewelry wire component ready to wrap closed.

Step 12:  To be able to wrap the wire around the center of the wire component, first you need to open both the initial and final loops as shown at right.  This is done with your bent chain nose pliers.Step 13 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet made using common jewelry supplies.

Step 13:  Now position the 1/2 round wire as shown at left.  Your goal is to have about 1/16" of 1/2 round wire showing beyond the wire of the flemish spiral wire component.  Trim the wire to that length if necessary using your flush cutter.

Step 14 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing using common jewelry tools to wrap jewelry wire link closed.Step 14:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the 1/16" of 1/2 round wire overhanging the wire component flat against the round wire of the wire component, then slide that wire into the position shown at right.  This attaches one end of the 1/2 round wire to the wire component. Step 15 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing using common jewelry tools to wrap jewelry wire component closed.

Step 15:  Now begin wrapping the 1/2 round wire around the wire component as shown at left.  Using your bent chain nose pliers squeeze the 1/2 round wire flat against the wire component after each 1/2 wrap of the wire.

Step 16 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing using jewelry tools to wrap link closed.Step 16:  Continue wrapping the 1/2 wire about three times around the wire component.  Be certain to squeeze the 1/2 round wire flat against the wire component after each 1/2 wrap.  On the final wrap, use your flush cutter to trim the excess wire to 1/16" as shown at right.

Step 17 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet made out of common jewelry supplies.Step 17:   Finish wrapping the piece by squeezing the overlapping 1/16" of 1/2 round wire flat against the wire component using your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right.  After you have squeezed that wire flat, then use your bent chain nose pliers to close the beginning and ending loops.   

Step 18 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing finished link.Step 18:  The finished, wrapped Flemish Spiral wire component should appear as shown at right on one side and as shown at left on the opposite side.  When using the component in earrings, the side shown at left should be orientated to face out as it is the better looking of the two sides. 

 

Step 19 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing close up of three connected links.Step 19:  After you have completed two large, two medium Figure 8 Connector made out of jewelry wireand two small Flemish Spiral wire components, you will be ready to begin assembling the earrings.  The first step in getting ready to assemble the earrings is to make 12 figure 8 connectors.  You can make these connectors out of 18 or 20 gauge half-hard or soft wire.  For the earrings shown here, we used 20 gauge wire.  The steps involved in making a figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire can be viewed here.

Step 20:  The largest Flemish Spiral wire component is connected to the middle sized Flemish Spiral wire component by three figure 8 connectors.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to open and close the loops on the figure 8 connector, connecting one figure 8 connector at a time.  On the third figure 8 connector, you will need to open the final loop a little wider than normal in order to be able to connect that figure 8 connector between the largest and medium sized Flemish Spiral wire components. 

Step 21:  Follow the same process as in step 20 to use three figure 8 connectors to connect the bottom of the middle sized Flemish Spiral wire component to the top of the smallest Flemish Spiral wire component. 

Step 24 to instructions for making Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet showing modified figure 8 connector.Step 22:  If you used 18 gauge jewelry wire for the largest Flemish Spiral Wire component, you can directly connect your commercial ear wire finding to the top of that wire component.  If you used 16 gauge wire for the largest Flemish Spiral wire component you will need to make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire to connect your ear wire finding to the body of the earring.  Use 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire to make the modified figure 8 connector (20 gauge is preferred if you have it).

 Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project made using common jewelry supplies.Step A:   To make the bracelet shown here you need to make one large Flemish Spiral wire component, two medium and five small wire components.

Step B:  Make 21 figure 8 connectors to connect the Flemish Spiral Wire components.

Step C:  Make a hook out of 20 gauge jewelry wire using your WigJig jewelry tools as described here.

Step D:  If you elect to wrap the Flemish Spiral Wire Components closed, wrap all but the last, small figure 8 connector closed.  For the last, small Flemish Spiral Wire Component, connect the hook portion of the clasp to that component before wrapping it closed, then wrap it closed. 

Step F:  Use the figure 8 connectors to connect the Flemish Spiral wire components together.  Use three figure 8 connectors between each pair of wire components.  When completed your bracelet should appear as shown below.  You can add a guard chain to this bracelet if you want.  To add the guard chain, use jump rings to connect 2 1/2 to 3 inches of chain to the small Flemish Spiral Wire components on either end. 

Completed Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools.

Alternative Designs for making bracelets using WigJig jewelry tools:

Our favorite bracelet alternative would be to make all the Flemish Spiral wire components out of 16 gauge jewelry wire.  (We don't recommend this for beginners since it is more difficult to use 16 gauge jewelry wire.)  Another alternative to consider is adding beads to the bracelet.  Our goal in making this bracelet was to make a chain bracelet for every day wear and for this reason, we did not include beads.  You could also add beads to the chain if you wanted to make the bracelet color coordinated with other jewelry you have.  A final alternative design would be to make the figure 8 connectors and the wraps in the flemish spiral jewelry wire component out of silver wire while all the flemish spiral jewelry wire components were made out of gold wire, or vice versa.  This would create the effect we call Rolex Style because it is similar to some expensive watch bands on Rolex watches. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings and our Flemish Spiral Jewelry Wire Bracelet.  We particularily like the alternative design of making this bracelet Rolex Style as we described in the above paragraph.  We stongly suggest that you try making this bracelet Rolex Style.  We think you will like the result.

 

 



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