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Spiral Ear Wire

Instructions for making a Spiral Ear Wire out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies, using WigJig jewelry tools.

Spiral Ear Wire Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire and beads.This jewelry making technique is the technique for making the spiral, post-style ear wire show here.  This ear wire must be made with soft jewelry wire, either gold, gold-filled, sterling silver or anti-tarnish sterling silver.  Silver and gold-plated wire are not recommended.  Artistic Wire is not appropriate because of the presence of dyes in this wire. 

This is a very easy earring to make and is a project that is suitable for beginners.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 8 inches of 20G soft jewelry wire . 
  • Two 6 mm beads.
  • Two head-pin findings. 
  • Two ear clutch findings.
  • Other beads as desired


  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Bent Closing Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelrytool
  • WigJig Spiral Maker for the jewelry making jig used.
  • 20 minutes of free time


Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using flush cutter jewelry tool.
  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers jewelry tool.
  • How to use a WigJig jewelry making tool and Spiral Maker tool to make spirals out of soft jewelry wire.
  • How to make a bead dangle with beads and a head-pin finding using common jewelry tools. 

Spiral Ear Wire Earrings made out of common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.Step-by-step instructions for making a Spiral Ear Wire using jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  To begin making the Spiral Ear wire cut two 4 inch lengths of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire.  Artistic Wire is suitable for using to practice making this ear wire, but as we indicated earlier, is not suitable for wearing.  The earring shown at right was made with 20 gauge Argentium anti-tarnish sterling silver wire. 

Step 2:  Straighten the two jewelry wire segments.  If you are using silver, polish the silver before you move to step 3.

Step 3 to instructions for making Spiral Ear Wire Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.Step 3:  Using the WigJig Spiral Maker tool and one of our WigJig jewelry tools, make a spiral with the 4 inches of jewelry wire.  Continue wrapping the wire until all of the wire has been used.  When completed the spiral will appear as shown at right.  The technique for using the WigJig Spiral Maker tool is described here.  Please note that there is a segment of straight jewelry wire at the end that could not be wrapped into the spiral and that this segment is about 1/2 inch long.

Step 4 to Spiral Ear Wire Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped by common jewelry tools.Step 4:  Using your round nose pliers, grasp the end of the 1/2 inch segment of straight jewelry wire and make a loop by twisting the pliers back toward the spiral.  When completed the piece should appear as shown here. 

Step 5:  The center post of the spiral is about 3/4" long.  Cut this post down to about 5/8 inch or 1/2 inch long using your flush cutters. 

SFinished Spiral Ear Wire Earrings made from jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.tep 6:  If you have a nylon hammer or rawhide mallet and a jeweler's anvil, place the center post from the spiral in the hole in the anvil and harden the ear wire by lightly hammering the spiral with your hammer. 

Step 7:  To finish this ear wire you need to round the cut end of jewelry wire in the center post.  This is done with the Cup Bur tool as shown here. 

Step 8:  To turn this ear wire into a pair of earrings add bead dangles using a combination of beads and a head-pin.  The technique for making a bead dangle is discussed here. 



Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Making a spiral out of jewelry wire is relatively easy using our WigJig jewelry tools and Spiral Maker accessory.  Making these spiral ear wire earrings is just a simple matter of making a spiral.  These earrings are simple and could be used for everyday wear.



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