Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. I really enjoy playing with round wire.
Double Swirl Earrings
by Albina Manning
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
I really enjoy playing with round wire. This design just kind of happened while I was working out some large spirals. You do not have to use a chasing hammer to flatten or texture it, but forging does give round wire a different personality. Taught here as earrings, this Double Swirl design can easily be altered to make focal bead pendants or link several together to make a bracelet!

Materials

22 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-22D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.39
  • Gold Club Price: $1.04
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African Turquoise 10x14mm Oval Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-739
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.07
  • Gold Club Price: $8.30
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Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Steel and Rubber Bench Block 4x4 Inches
G17-44
  • G17-44
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
  • G3-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut a piece of 22-gauge wire 6" (15cm) long, and fold it in half.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 2
Grab the very end of the folded edge firmly, and with your chain nose pliers begin curling the wires. The wires do not have to overlap each other! Continue spiraling the wires until you make a full "circle".
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 3
Now, change the pliers: grab the wires with flat nose pliers as shown. While firmly holding the spiral, continue coiling, but only with one inside wire. Make only half of a coil with the inside wire, so the wire ends are heading in opposite directions.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 4
Check the size of the spiral against the size of your chosen bead and make the spiral larger if desired. On the wire on each side of the spiral, make a mark that corresponds with the diameter of the bead.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 5
Place the spiral on a steel bench block and use a chasing hammer to flatten both the spiral and the wire between the marks.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 6
Slide a headpin into the bead and place the hammered spiral in the center.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 7
Hold the spiral on the bead with your fingers, and start wrapping one wire end around the head pin. Make 2 wraps to show and then repeat steps 11-12 with another end. Trim the wire ends and push the bead towards the headpin's "head"-end.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 8
On the plain end of the headpin, make a simple loop and trim the wire. Make the second spiraled bead, remembering to mirror the image (meaning, place the spiral on the second bead in the opposite direction). Attach the ear wires.
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Double Swirl Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,