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Spiral Link Earrings 2

Instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Spiral Link Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with gold jewelry wire, red beads and common jewelry supplies.


This project is making an earring using a modified spiral link wire component.  This will essentially be 1/2 of the spiral link wire component that we made in the directions for the Spiral Link 1 Earrings design.  One of our goals in making this wire component is to make a spiral shaped component that won't pull apart.  The test we like to apply is -- if a baby were to grab the earrings, would they pull apart.  With this as a goal, a simple spiral won't make acceptable earrings, the design for a simple spiral needs to be modified so that it will be permanent.  In the below jewelry making instructions we will show to make a permanent spiral dangle wire component. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 16 inches of 18 gauge soft  jewelry wire. 
  • 10 inches of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire.
  • Two commercial head pins. 
  • Four 6mm or 8mm beads. 
  • One pair of commercial ear wire or 6 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire to make an ear wire.  
  • WigJig Spiral Maker tool,
  • WigJig jewelry making tool,
  • one flush cutter,
  • one round nose pliers,
  • two bent chain nose pliers,
  • one nylon jaw pliers, and
  • one ruler.

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using flush cutter jewelry wire.
     
  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers or step jaw pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to make a spiral out of soft jewelry wire using WigJig Spiral Maker tool and WigJig jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to bend jewelry wire using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tool. 
     
  • Ability to connect jewelry wire components by opening and closing loops using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tool. 
     
  • Ability to make a bead dangle out of head pins and beads using common jewelry tools.

Step-by-step instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1A:  Using nylon jaw pliers, straighten 8 inches of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire before you cut it from the spool.

Step 2A:  Using your flush cutter, cut an 8 inch length of this 18 gauge jewelry wire. 

Jewelry wire spiral made Using WigJig Spiral Maker and WigJig jewelry making jig.Step 3A:  Grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers 1 1/2 inch from one end and and make a 90 degree bend in the wire. 

Step 4A:  Using your round nose pliers, your WigJig Spiral Maker tool and your WigJig Jewelry Making Jig, make a spiral as shown in steps 4, 5, 6 and 7 for the Spiral Link 1 Earrings.  Continue making the spiral until you have about 1 3/4" of unused jewelry wire at the end of the spiral.  Your spiral should appear as shown at right. 

Step 5A to instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 5A:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the jewelry wire about 1 1/2 inches from the end and bend the wire 90 degrees.  Using the same bent chain nose pliers, grasp the spiral and hold the spiral while you "finish" the spiral by bending all the wire before the 90 degree bend so that it becomes part of the spiral as shown at right.  The 1 1/2 inches of wire to the right of the 90 degree bend as shown at right will become the loop at the top of the spiral in the following steps.  We will call this segment of wire the top wire segment. 

 

Instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 6A

Step 6A:  Grasp the spiral with your bent chain nose pliers and hold it firmly.  Rest your pliers adjacent toStep 6A to instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.the vertical wire segment shown in step 5A, above-right.  While holding the spiral, bend the vertical wire segment so that it is parallel to the top wire segment as shown at left in a larger view and at right in an actual size view.

Step 7A to instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 7A:    Our goal now is to wrap the wire from the center of the spiral neatly around the top wire segment on the outside of the spiral.  This wrap is what makes the spiral permanent.  The first step in performing this wrap is to bend the wire from the center of the spiral 90 degrees at the point where it passes outside the spiral.  See the picture at left.  To make this bend, grasp the wire and the spiral with your bent chain nose pliers and hold firmly while you bend the wire with your fingers.

Step 8A to instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

 Step 8A:  While continuing to hold the spiral with your bent chain nose pliers, wrap the end of the wire around the top wire segment.  See the picture at right.

 
Step 9A to instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 9A:  Using your flush cutter, with the flat side of your cutter toward the finished spiral dangle, cut the excess center wire.  See the picture at right. 

 

 

Step 10A to instructions for makign Spiral Link Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Step 10A:  To finish the wrap of the center wire around the top wire segment, you will need to use two pair of bent chain nose pliers, or one pair of bent chain nose and one pair ofbent closing pliers.  Grasp the spiral with one pair of bent chain nose pliers and use your second pair or the bent closing pliers to squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire flat.  When you are done you should have a spiral like the one shown at left with a single loop around the top wire segment.

 Step 11A to instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 11A:  Now we are ready to make the loop at the top of the spiral.  Our instructions will show how to make a wrapped loop, but you could choose to make this an open loop.  Begin by grasping the top wire segment immediately above the spiral with your bent chain nose pliers and make a 80 degree bend as shown at right.  (Use the tips of your bent chain nose pliers to grasp the wire so that the wire between the 80 degree bend and the top of the wrap at the spiral is about 1/16 inch long.

 Step 12A to instructions for making Spiral Link Earrings using jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 12A:  Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire as near the 80 degree bend, but on the side of the end of the wire (shown horizontal in the picture above-right).  Make a loop at that point.  This is a two step process as your pliers will not allow you to finish the loop in one movement, you will need to re-position your grip with your pliers so that you can make the complete loop shown at left.  Adjust the loop by eye so that it is centered above the spiral.

Step 13A to instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings using common jewelry supplies.

Step 13A:  At this point you could cut the excess wire and you would have a spiral dangle with an open loop at the top, or you can grasp the loop that you just made with your bent chain nose pliers and wrap the end of the wire around the short wire segment between the loop and the spiral two times.  After you have completed the wrap, cut the excess wire.  Because this is soft wire, it won't want to wrap tightly and so you will need to use a second pair of bent chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the wire until you have a tight wrap.  See the picture at right.

 

 Step 14A to instructions for making Spiral Link Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 14A:  The next step in making these earrings is to make the wire component that holds the beads.  This component is supported by the center of the spiral dangle.  We will call this wire component the dangle component.  It is made of 5 inches of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire.  Start by straightening a 5" segment of jewelry wire before cutting it from the spool, then cut the jewelry wire.  Grasp the jewelry wire 3 inches from one end and bend the wire 90 degrees.   Following the instructions for the Spiral Link 1 Earrings, make a small spiral with about 2 1/2 to 3 rotations of wire.  This spiral goes on the front side of the spiral dangle that we completed in step 13A.  The front side is the side shown above-right.  This is the side that will be worn facing away from the human body. 

Step 15A:  From the spiral that you just completed, measure down 1 1/2 inch.  At that point, you will need to grip the wire in your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire 90 degrees.  On the short end of the wire, after the 90 degree bend, use your round nose pliers to make an open loop.  Cut the excess wire after you have completed the loop. 

Step 16A:  To complete the dangle wire component, you first need to insert the straight, 2" segment of jewelry wire into the hole in the center of your spiral dangle, then, once the spiral is flush with the front of the spiral dangle, bend the straight 2" segment of wire down, flat against the back of the spiral dangle.  In essence this forms a "U" shaped bend through the center of the spiral dangle and allows the dangle wire component to hang from the spiral dangle wire component.

Completed Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made out of gold jewelry wire, red beads and common jewelry supplies.

Step 17A:  Grasp the jewelry wire segment that you just bent down with your bent chain nose pliers, 1 inch from the center of the spiral dangle and make a 90 degree bend.  Using your round nose pliers, make an open loop at this point just as you did in step 15A.  Cut the excess wire.

Step18A:  Using a 6 or 8mm bead and a head pin, make two bead dangles  and hang the bead dangles one from each of the open loops you just completed.  The bead dangles are attached to the open loops by opening and closing the loops

Step 19A:  The final step in making these earrings is to attach your ear wire to the top of the earring.  For the earrings at right, we made our ear wire out of the same brass 20 gauge jewelry wire that we used the make the earring body.  The technique used to attach the ear wire is the same technique used to open and close the loops when adding the bead dangle. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This completes your modified Spiral Link Earrings.  We don't think you will find any like them in a store, furthermore, because of the way we made the spiral dangle, we believe that these earrings will withstand the baby test -- if a baby were to accidentally grab the earring, it wouldn't pull apart.

 

 



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