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Spiral Link Wire Bracelet

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

Spiral Link Bracelet Jewelry Making Design Made with Amethyst Swarovski Beads


A spiral is one of the oldest shapes made out of jewelry wire and used as a jewelry component.  About a year ago, we heard of a lawsuit in Great Britain where one British jewelry designer was suing another because the second designer used a spiral in a jewelry item and the first designer believe that he or she had the copyright on the spiral.  We were asked to comment in the lawsuit and we responded by sending pictures of jewelry from the collection in the British Museum of spirals as jewelry components in jewelry that was about 8,000 years old.  We weren't asked to testify and somehow we believe that this lawsuit was dropped as being frivolous.  We haven't obtained permission to use a spiral in these designs, but we do believe that the Spiral Link Bracelet Jewelry Making Design Made with Pearl Swarovski Beadsoriginal 8,000 year old copyright does not currently apply in the US.  ;-)

One of the more difficult things to do with a spiral wire component is to use it as a link in a chain or as the middle component in an earring body.  Here is a design that modifies a spiral so that it can be used as a link in a chain or as the body of an earring.  THis is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Please select here to view our advanced video on making spirals out of jewelry wire using the WigJig Spiral Maker tool.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • 9 inches of 18 or 20 gauge soft round jewelry wire per spiral (2 spirals for earrings)
  • Two 8mm beads (earrings)
  • Eight or ten 6mm beads (bracelet)
  • Commercial Ear Wire Findings (one pair)
  • Commercial clasp
  • 20 inches of 21 or 22 gauge round jewelry wire (bracelet)
  • Two head pins (earrings)
  • Four inches of commercial chain (bracelet)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • Spiral Maker tool for your jewelry making jig
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • 30 minutes of free time

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

Step 1:  Cut a segment of soft jewelry wire 9 inches long.  It is slightly easier to use 20 gauge jewelry wire than 18 gauge wire so practice this technique in 20 gauge wire.  For the earrings use 20 gauge jewelry wire for your finished piece.  For the bracelet, 18 gauge jewelry wire may be better.

Step 2:  Using your nylon jaw pliers straighten this segment of jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Grasp the jewelry wire 2 inches from one end with your bent chain nose Instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet using jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies -- Step 4pliers.  Bend the wire 90 degrees. 

Step 4:  Grip the jewelry wire with your round nose pliers on the 7" long wire segment but as close to the bend as possible and wrap the wire about 1/4 of the way around the jaw of your pliers. 

Step 5:  Insert the 2" wire segment into one of the holes on your Step 5 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig Jewelry Tool with WigJig Spiral Maker Tool.Spiral Maker and then insert the metal peg in the Spiral Maker tool into one of the holes on your WigJig jewelry tool.   See the picture at right.

Step 6:  Turn your WigJig jewelry tool over while holding the Spiral Maker tool in position with one finger.  While looking through your jig, begin pulling the wire around the center peg in your Spiral Step 7 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet showing jewelry wire spiral made using WigJig jewelry tool and Spiral Maker tool.Maker tool about 45 degrees at a time. 

Step 7:  Continue wrapping the jewelry wire around the center peg, adjusting the pressure so that you get a tight spiral but not so tight that the next loop of jewelry wire will over-ride the prior loop.  Wrap the jewelry wire until you have about 2 inches of wire remaining. Step 8 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from your Spiral Maker tool.  Ideally, with the vertical wire at the 12 o'clock position on the center circle, the unused wire tail should separate from the spiral at the 3 o'clock position. 

 
Instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools Step 9Step 9:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the spiral at the edge where the jewelry wire separates from the spiral.  While holding the spiral tightly in youStep 10 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire with common jewelry tools.r pliers, bend the wire tail so that it is vertical just like the center wire.
 

Step 10:  Continue holding the wire in your pliers and bend the wire down so that it is parallel to the top of the spiral.  See the picture at left.

 

 

Step 11 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet out of beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
Step 11:  Now grip the that wire with the tips of your bent chain nose pliers so that you can bend the wire 90 degrees as shown at right.  It isn't easy to see this in the picture at right, but the center wire in the Spiral is vertical.  The wire tail is parallel to the spiral but pointing away from Step 12 to instructions for making the Spiral Link Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.the camera. 

 

 

Step 12:  Now grip the spiral in your bent chain nose pliers in the same manner as you did for step 10 and 11.  While holding the spiral tightly, bStep 13 to instructions for making the Spiral Link Bracelet out of jewelry supplies including beads and jewelry wire.end the center wire down, away from the other wire tail.  See the picture at right.

 


Step 13:  At this point we are ready to make wrapped loops at the top and bottom of the spiral.  Grasp the vertical wire tails at top and bottom with your bent chain nose pliers and Step 14 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet using jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.bend the jewelry wire over at 90 degrees. 

 

Step 14:  Grasp the each jewelry wire tail near the 90 degree bend with your round nose pliers and wrap the wire around your round nose pliers.  This is a two step process.  You will first need to make a "U" shaped bend in the wire and then reposition the wire in the jaws of your round nose pliers so that you can complete Step 15 to instructions for making Spiral Link Bracelet showing completed jewelry wire spiral link.the loops as shown. 

Step 15:  Depending on the design you intend to make, you might need to wrap both loops closed.  Grasp the loops in turn using your bent chain nose pliers and hold the loops while you push the wire around itself to complete the wrap.  Cut the excess wire and squeeze the cut end of the jewelry wire flat with your bent chain nose pliers.  If you are making a chain of spirals like the one shown below, connect the loops to the prior spiral before wrapping the loops closed. 

Three Spiral Links in a chain as a component of a bracelet making project.

Spiral Link Bracelet Jewelry Making Design Made with Amethyst Swarovski BeadsStep 16:  Using a spiral link as the center piece in your bracelet, you cSpiral Link Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl Beadsan make the bracelet using either a combination of wrapped bead links made from jewelry wire and beads and/or segments of commercial chain, or you can make a bracelet made of a series of wrapped bead links.  Each of the bracelets shown here was made using 20 or 21 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire to make the wrapped bead links with 6mm beads.  Dual Spiral Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Made with Amethyst Beads

You can also make a bracelet using two spirals connected by a wrapped bead link as the center of your bracelet.  To complete this bracelet you build out from the center of the bracelet by adding combinations of wrapped bead links and segments of commercial chain.  The total length of your bracelet should be about 7.5 inches.

Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Triple Spiral Link as a component in a bracelet making project.The final approach for using the spiral to make a bracelet would be to connect three spirals in a chain and add wrapped bead links on either side to complete the bracelet.  This approach can also be used to make the center-piece in a necklace. 

Hopefully we will be able to make these spiral link wire components without being told that we have violated an 8,000 year old copyright. 

 

 

 

Making matching Spiral Link Earrings:

Spiral Link Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 17:  Making Earrings: Using a head pin and an 8mm bead, connect a bead dangle to the bottom of the spiral.  The jewelry making technique for making a bead dangle is described here.  (In the earring shown at right, a 2.5mm round gold-filled bead was used in addition to the 8mm bead because the extra thin head pin used did not have a large enough head to hold the 8mm without the smaller bead.  If you use thin head pins, you will not experience this problem.) 

Step 18:  Add your ear wire finding to the top of the earring.  This is accomplished by opening the loop in the ear wire finding with your bent chain nose pliers then connecting the loops and finally closing the loop in your ear wire finding again with your bent chain nose pliers.  The technique for opening and closing loops is described here.  This completes your earring.  Make a second earring using the same technique. 

Please select either earring picture to navigate to our detailed instructions for making those earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Being able to use a spiral as a link in a chain wasn't something that was done before we invented our WigJig jewelry tools and our Spiral Maker accessory.  The reason for that is simple, a normal spiral will pul apart with any force on the wire.  Our instructions for this project modify the design of a jewelry wire spiral so that it will be permanent and won't pull apart.  Once you learn the skill of making a permanent spiral link as we have here, you may never make a jewelry wire spiral the "normal" way again!

 

 

 

 

 



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