Isn't it wonderful when you can get your inspiration from a totally different medium?  Bargello needlepoint embroidery  probably originated in Florence, Italy or possibly Hungary.  The flame stitch pattern in different hues and shades has also been used in quilting. Why not jewelry making too? Hope Elkina of 123 Clay! has a clever bargello spiral polymer clay earrings tutorial you've got to see!

It's easy enough to make the canes and cut them into little wedges. The magic is how she puts together the spiral!  I also like how she embedded a crystal in the middle before firing.

The tutorial is not in English so I suggest you turn off the sound. The visual instructions should make sense to anyone who has some experience with polymer clay.

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