How to make wire spiral and bead earrings

These pretty wire & bead spiral earrings are easy to make, even for a beginning wirework artist.

Supplies

10” of 18 gauge, soft, round wire

3’ of 24-26gauge round wire

14 –  5mm beads

1 set of ear wires

Round nose pliers

Flat nose or chain nose pliers

Wire cutter

Instructions
1.  Cut the 18 gauge wire in half so that each piece is 5” long.
2.  Form an open spiral leaving a ½ tail at the top
3.  Form a small loop out of the tail facing the opposite direction and center it on top
of the spiral.  This is the frame.
4.  Cut 18” of the 24-26 gauge wire and attached it to the top of the spiral near the
loop.  Leave a 1” tail to hold on to.  This is the weaving wire.
5.  Holding the spiral frame in your non dominant hand, coil the fine wire around the        frame approximately 3/4″.

6.  Add a bead to the weaving wire.  Push the bead down snuggly against the spiral frame.
7.  Continue to coil the weaving wire around the frame in the same direction for 3
turns.  Hold the bead firmly in place with the non dominant hand while you coil.

8.  Add another bead and repeat step 6 until you’ve added 7 beads.
9.  The 7th bead should be directly opposite the 1st bead on the frame.  If not, gently adjust the beads  so they appear symmetrical.

10.   Continue to coil around the frame until you reach the top of the frame near the loop

11.   With the same weaving wire, connect the top of the frame to the body of the spiral near the top loop.  Wrap the wire 2-3 times around this section.

12.   Cut the weaving wire close to the frame and tuck it in with the flat or chain nose pliers.

13.  Cut the tail at the top of the spiral where the coiling started and tuck it in as in step 12.

14.  Attach an ear wire to the loop at top of the frame.

15.  Make another earring but remember to face the spiral in the opposite direction to the first earring before adding the ear wire.  You will have a left and right earring.

Tips & Variations

Although 18 gauge, soft wire is strong, your spiral can open up a bit if you pull it too hard.  A little adjustment with flat nose pliers will fix it.  A light hammering will also harden it and give it a different look.  A heavier 16 gauge wire can be used but may make the earrings a bit heavy.

This earring design can also be varied by using more or smaller beads.
The beads can also be added at the bottom only or you can add a bead to
the center of the spiral.    I’m sure you can come up with a number of variations.

 

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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26 Responses to How to make wire spiral and bead earrings

  1. Thanks… I will try these. They look like fun!

  2. Zoraida! I love your writing! great Tutorial:)

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Nancy! I thought this earring design was easy enough for beginners but could be expanded on for more experienced wirework artists. I’ve made many variations. Thanks for reading.

  3. This is great, Zoraida! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Phyl says:

    I’ve just recently become thrilled with the world of “wire work” and blown away with the generosity of designers like yourself, in sharing instructions and patterns with newbies. Thanks you! pmartin756@yahoo.com

  5. Phyl says:

    I’ve just recently become thrilled with the world of “wire work” and blown away with the generosity of designers like yourself, in sharing instructions and patterns with newbies. Thank you!

  6. Jane says:

    Hi Zoraida :)

    I found your earring design so cute! I’ve featured it at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/2012/03/featured-tutorial-how-to-make-wire.html

    Cheers!
    Jane

  7. zoraidabros says:

    I know. I’m always looking for good tutorials, especially free ones!

  8. Andi says:

    Very nice, although I’ve seen this wrap with smaller stones, you managed to make it work & look great with the larger beads! This project will definitely be on my next wire wrapping ” To-do” list! Thanks for sharing, I think its so awesome when another jewelry artisan shares their ideas and techniques…..it always makes me smile (now, of I could only figure out how to make my own blog, I’d be right along with the rest of you kind artisans who aren’t so selfish they have to charge $$ for a tutorial) so, double kudos to you, thanks a bunch!!:-)

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Andi! Smaller beads do give this design an entirely different look. It also works with rondelles – my favorite shape bead. I hope to write more tutorials but want to keep them simple enough for beginning jewelry artists. Let me know when you set up a blog. I put it off for years and now I wonder why.

  9. Kathy Knight says:

    Beautiful earrings, I would name them Sunburst. :)

  10. joan says:

    Moonstone swirl earrings. That is what came to mind on those styliish pair.

  11. rhonda says:

    I would call them dream maker earrings

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  13. Carla says:

    Absolutely loved the tutorial for these earrings. It has definitely re-sparked my interest in wire work. Thanks much!

  14. Priya Venkatesan says:

    I just got the pleasure to check out your earriings now. It is simply beautiful and the instructions are very clear and precise. I simply adore your work and cannot wait to try it out! Thank you!

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