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Spiral Link Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

This project is making an earring using a modified spiral link wire component.  This will essentially be 1/2 of the spiral link wire component that we made in the prior pages.  One of our goals in making this wire component is to make a spiral shaped component that won't pull apart.  The test we like to apply is -- if a baby were to grab the earrings, would they pull apart.  With this as a goal, a simple spiral won't make acceptable earrings, the design for a simple spiral needs to be modified so that it will be permanent.  In the below jewelry making instructions we will show to make a permanent spiral dangle wire component. 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:  16 inches of 18 gauge soft wire.  10 inches of 20 gauge soft wire.  Two commercial head pins.  Four 6mm or 8mm beads.  One pair of commercial ear wire or 6 inches of 20 gauge wire to make an ear wire. 

Jewelry Tools Required:  WigJig Spiral Maker and matching WigJig jewelry making jig; one flush cutter, one round nose pliers, two bent chain nose pliers, one nylon jaw pliers and one ruler

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

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

Spiral Made Using WigJig Jewelry Making Jig and Spiral MakerStep 3A:  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 4A:  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 on page 2.  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 at right. 

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