How to Make Square Spirals

By on June 11, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,

Jewelry Tip for June 11, 2014

How to Make Square Spirals

I came across this great little tutorial by Pearl over at The Beading Gems’s Journal, and thought I’d share. I’m sure if you’ve made spirals before you’ve probably had some of the same questions that this addresses. Enjoy!

How to Make Square Spirals


With square versions, you need just your broad nose or chain nose pliers to make 90 degree bends along a length of wire. If this is new to you, don’t try any thicker than 20 gauge wire to start with.


First make a bend not far from the wire end. It might help to use a small broad nose pliers at the first attempt to get the distances right for the first few bends.


Then another the same distance along. The next bend will be a tad longer as it has to clear the wire end.



Keep going! Make the distance longer if you want an open spiral. Open informal spirals are easier to make than trying to get them absolutely dead square.


Tip 1 Use your nylon jawed pliers to straighten out the wire before making a bend.


Tip 2 Work harden the component by hammering with a pvc or rubber mallet.  If you want to flatten it, then bang away with a metal hammer.

Tip 3 Using a chain nose pliers at the beginning will get you a tighter look. You can also offset the angles for a different look. There are no hard and fast rules in making this. So experiment!


And there you have it. The basic square spiral component. What you do after to make it your jewelry design is up to your creativity.

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Pick up your wire and tools and get started today!

P.S. Thanks Pearl!

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    June 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you! You gave me one of my “du” moments. That is a great and versatile suggestion. I appreciate all the wonderful advice and creative information!
    Thanks again,
    Teresa, from UT

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    Erlene E C Flowers

    June 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks so much for this great simple lesson. I have a great idea on how to use it.

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    Jorgeanna pahlow

    June 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I made the round coins into a bracelett around around 1947 while I was at a Girl Scout camp in the Pocono mountains I still have it and it is still beautiful We used copper wire to make it. But as an old dog I am still learning and the square spiral will be my next jewelry project. I enjoyed the history lesson also Thank you for all the information and advice