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Turtles and Spirals Brooch or Pendant

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Turtles and Spirals Brooch or Pendant
Turtles and Spirals Brooch or Pendant
Turtles and Spirals Brooch or Pendant
Turtles and Spirals Brooch or Pendant

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is a very advanced tutorial, you should have a good basic knowledge and understading of wirework and be able to form open spirals and coil wire, however detailed instruction and step by step photos are included

Pattern Description:

Turtles are one of my favorite animals and so I designed this brooch to honor these ancient creatures.
This detailed tutorial teaches you how to make your own turtle and covers several useful and versatile techniques, including:

Forming a complex wire frame using a jig
Creating a dome (which we will use as a shell) using beads that in this case will signify the sections of the turtle shell.
Using wire spirals to secure a bead in position
Weaving with wire
Forming your own pin from wire

The main tutorial is for a brooch but there are 2 variations included one is instructions for a pendant variation, which uses a simple hidden bail, the other is for a quicker version of the turtle, which uses spirals instead of weaving the flippers.

Please note that this tutorial uses a Wig Jig Olympus

Please read through the tutorial at least once before starting.

This is a very advanced tutorial with 73 detailed steps over 39 pages and over 100 colour photos to support the instruction.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The turtle is 2" head to tail and 1 3/4" across.


  • Material List:
  • 19 1/2" 18 gauge soft round wire (or 18 1/2" for the bail variation)
  • 4" 20 gauge soft or HH round wire (or 12" for the spiral variation)
  • 235" 28 gauge soft or HH round wire (or 230" for the spiral variation)
  • 11 x 6mm round beads
  • 1 x 4mm round bead,
  • 2 x 2mm round silver beads
  • 1 flat oval bead approx 25mm x 15mm

You Will Also Need:

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Wig Jig Olympus
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Anvil
  • File
  • hammer
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Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you ...

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