Spiral Link Earrings
Designer WigJig

Skill Level Advanced Beginner

Materials

18 gauge Soft Flex craft wire - 16 inches
20 gauge Soft Flex craft wire - 10 inches
Head pins - 2 pcs
6mm or 8mm beads - 4 pcs
One pair of ear wire or 6 inches of 20 gauge wire to make an ear wire

Tools

WigJig Spiral Maker
WigJig jewelry making jig
Flush cutter
Round nose pliers
Bent chain nose pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Ruler

Instructions

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

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

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



Step 5: Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the 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 below. 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.



Step 6: Grasp the spiral with your bent chain nose pliers and hold it firmly. Rest your pliers adjacent to the vertical wire segment shown in Step 5. While holding the spiral, bend the vertical wire segment so that it is parallel to the top wire segment as shown below.



Step 7: 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 below. 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 8: 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 below.



Step 9: 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 10: 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 of bent 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 wire. Start by straightening a 5" segment of wire before cutting it from the spool, then cut the wire. Grasp the wire 3 inches from one end and bend the wire 90 degrees. Following the instructions here, 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 15: 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. You can find instructions for how to make an open loop here. Cut the excess wire after you have completed the loop.

Step 16: To complete the dangle wire component, you first need to insert the straight, 2" segment of 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.

Step 17: Grasp the 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.

Step 18: 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 jewelry making technique for making a bead dangle is described here. The bead dangles are attached to the open loops by opening and closing the loops as described here.

Step 19: 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 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.



Step 20: 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.


Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.