Sunshine Spiral Beaded Earrings – DIY Jewelry Wire Wrapping Tutorials.
This sunny earring design is sure to brighten your day! This tutorial brings wire wrapping and beading together in perfect harmony for a stunning effect. Funky yet elegant, these earrings are the best of both worlds.
10 inches of 18 gauge soft, round wire
3 feet of 24-26 gauge round wire
14 5mm beads
one set of ear wires
round nose pliers
flat nose or chain nose pliers
1.) Cut the 18 gauge wire in half so that each piece is 5 inches long.
2.) Form an open spiral leaving a ½-inch 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 inches of the 24-26 gauge wire and attach it to the top of the spiral near the loop. Leave a 1inch tail to
hold onto. This is the weaving wire.
5.) Holding the spiral frame in your non dominant hand, coil the fine wire around the frame approximately ¾ inches.
6.) Add a bead to the weaving wire. Push the bead down snugly against the spiral frame.
7.) Continue to coil the weaving wire around the frame in the same direction for three 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 seven beads.
9.) The seventh bead should be directly opposite the first 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 from the first earring before adding the ear wire. You will have a left and right earring.