How to Make Flower Wire Designs for Jewellery

The flower or clover technique is a useful basic jewelry technique that can be applied to necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and other accessories. You'll need a wire jig to work on, and you'll be able to make a wide range of pieces once you've mastered the technique. This article takes you through the easy process of creating a flower or clover wire design.


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    Place four pegs on the wire jig.
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    Take the end of the wire and create a semi-closed loop, as pictured. Use the round nose pliers to bend the wire into the semi-closed loop. This forms the first loop of the flower.
    • Slip this loop over the first peg on the wire jig.
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    Wrap the tail of the wire around the peg to next to the first peg. This creates the second loop of the flower.
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    Continue working the tail of the wire around the remaining two pegs, creating a loop around each peg. The third and fourth loops complete the flower design once done.
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    Remove the flower from the wire jig. Trim off any excess wire. In addition, adjust all of the loops formed on the jig with round nose pliers to ensure that each loop is evenly shaped and entirely closed. The design is now completed.
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    Strengthen the wire flower. Using jaw nose pliers, steel block the flower with either a hammer or a "BeadSmith Whacker".
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    Make as many flowers as needed to create your jewelry design. Approximately 12 to 15 flowers are needed to make a necklace, less for a bracelet or anklet.


  • When starting a project for the first time, practice with copper wire; it is cheap, and therefore a money saver for your mistakes. Once the technique has been perfected, move on to quality wire.
  • Always straighten wire with jaw nose pliers or a cloth before starting any wire project.
  • You can also use round nose pliers if you don't have a jig but it will take longer to make using this method.
  • All finished projects can be kept in sealed transparent bags; a freezer or sandwich bag is fine.
  • Keep wire projects away from direct sunlight.
  • Don't spend money on jewelry boxes; instead, use empty biscuit or chocolate tins or plastic containers.


  • Always wear safety eyeglasses when working with wire. Tiny bits of wire can go straight into the eye!
  • Place the wire and pliers on the table when trimming wire, as this will stop the wire from flying across the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire jig
  • Round nose pliers
  • Jewellery cutter
  • Steel block or Bead Smith Whacker
  • Hammer
  • Design ideas

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