Kristal Wick's Dale Chihuly Color Inspiration Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. These earrings were inspired by Dale Chihuly's beautiful gilded frost and obsidian chandelier and I loved the color pallet.
Dale Chihuly Color Inspiration Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These earrings were inspired by Dale Chihuly's beautiful gilded frost and obsidian chandelier and I loved the color pallet. They are a fun project to make up in a variety of colored wire. Create a matching necklace using a length of the beaded chain. When you first start out, it may take a few practice runs to get 2 earrings to match. No worries, you'll be whipping them out in no time!

Materials

Sterling Silver Chain w/ Pearls 3-4mm - 5 Feet
C8-193U
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $46.87
  • Gold Club Price: $35.15
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Sterling Silver Oxidized Chain w/ Pearls 3-4mm - 5 Feet
C8-331U
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.70
  • Gold Club Price: $37.28
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Sterling Silver Chain with Pearls 1.5-2mm - 5 Feet
C8-213U
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.30
  • Gold Club Price: $36.98
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20 Gauge Round Antique Copper Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-Q20-30FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 16.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.80
  • Gold Club Price: $5.10
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Gold Filled Head Pin (016) 26GA 1.5 inch - Pack of 10
J8-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.18
  • Gold Club Price: $2.39
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4mm Light Topaz 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-21A
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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Gold Filled Cable Chain 1.0mm - 10 Feet
C4-119U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.20
  • Gold Club Price: $29.40
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Wubbers Small Bail Making Pliers
G2-1301
  • G2-1301
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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Classic Wubbers Medium Flat Nose Pliers
G2-1237
  • G2-1237
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $27.97
  • Gold Club Price: $20.98
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Instructions
Step 1
Be sure to lay out your mat when cutting wire so you don't scratch up your work surface. Cut an 8" piece of wire and make a tiny loop at one end.
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Step 2
Make 3 tightly wound rotations around the loop creating a tight spiral.
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Step 3
Grip the wire with the flat nose pliers touching the edge of the spiral. Push the wire up against the pliers.
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Step 4
Grip the spiral using your chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around the top of the spiral and down the side butting up against the wire.
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Step 5
Grip the wire with the flat nose pliers touching the edge of the spiral. Push the wire up against the pliers.
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Step 6
Push the wire up against the pliers.
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Step 7
Push the wire around the top of the spiral wrap around the Wubbers pliers making a loop.
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Step 8
Cut the wire where the loop end meets the wire and flatten using the flat nose pliers.
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Step 9
Work harden and texture the earring form by hammering it on a bench block.
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Step 10
Create crystal bead dangles by sliding a seed bead, crystal and seed bead onto a head pin and make a small loop at the top.
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Step 11
Cut a 1" piece of chain and attach it to the crystal dangle.
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Step 12
Detach 2 links (or as many as you wish) from the beaded chain and slip the chain dangle and earring base into the beaded chain open loop. Close the loop.
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Step 13
Attach the top loop to an ear wire and repeat for the other earring.
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