Making Jewelry from Spiral Wire Work

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Wire spirals can definitely add style to a piece of beaded jewelry. Fortunately, these spirals are easy to make and are versatile. Aside from functioning as design elements, wire spirals can also be used to finish beaded bracelets and necklaces. Instead of cutting off excess wire, you can shape the piece of wire into a spiral to give the bracelet or necklace more style.

Spirals can also be used as alternatives to jump rings or clasps. Wire spirals can even link other metal components to form earrings or other dangling ornaments. If you're interested in learning how to form spirals from beading wire, here is a quick tutorial on spiral wire work.

Process of making jewelry spirals

You can begin making a wire spiral by making a small loop at the tip of a piece of wire. Use round-nosed pliers to make a perfect loop. After making the first loop, use chain-nosed pliers to make the succeeding spirals. While holding the loop with chain-nosed pliers, turn the opposite end of the piece of wire to make another oop. Repeat the process until you achieve the desired number of loops for the spiral. This process of making spirals is easy once the technique is mastered.

Semi-hard wire is best for making spirals for earrings. To make traditional wire spiral earrings, prepare two pieces of wire, around three to four inches in length. Make a small loop at each end of one wire piece. Bend the wire piece just below the loop to form a ninety-degree angle. Use a large, round item as a guide when wrapping wire for larger loops. Once the spiral is complete , the large loops can be hammered to harden. The spiral can also be filed to remove any rough spots on it.

The great thing about using wire spirals for beaded jewelry is that these spirals make the jewelry's design more interesting. Wire spirals work great with beaded jewelry made with metallic beads and shiny lengths of wire.

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