Judy Freyer Thompson's Spinner Beads, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, Jump Rings, Jump Ring, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Spinner Rings are have been quite popular for a while, and now, there are new tools to make spinner bracelets.
Spinner Beads
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Dapping, Filing / Finishing, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Spinner Rings are have been quite popular for a while, and now, there are new tools to make spinner bracelets. But let's scale down the trend and take the concept of the Spinner Rings to make Spinner Beads. Grab some copper tubing, wire and a few tools and you can be on your way to creating your own Spinner Beads!

Materials

3/8" copper tubing
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.71
  • Gold Club Price: $0.53
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Tools

Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $34.95
  • Gold Club Price: $26.21
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Xuron Double Flush Wire Cutters - 4-3/4 Inches
PLR-469.10
  • PLR-469.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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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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Blazer Stingray Torch, Black
TRCH-4001
  • TRCH-4001
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.95
  • Gold Club Price: $37.46
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.96
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
  • SOL-824.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.95
  • Gold Club Price: $7.46
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Diamond Files--10 PC
FIL-972.00
  • FIL-972.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.47
  • Gold Club Price: $18.35
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Wood Handle Metal Brush, Brass
BRS-968.00
  • BRS-968.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.57
  • Gold Club Price: $7.18
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8 Punch Dapping Set
DAP-708.00
  • DAP-708.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $48.97
  • Gold Club Price: $36.73
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Tube Cutting Jig
HOL-108.00
  • HOL-108.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $47.95
  • Gold Club Price: $35.96
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the 400 grit sandpaper, clean the wire and the tubing. Wrap the wire around the 9.1 mm dapping punch mandrel four times and remove. Using flush cutters, cut the coil to make 3 jump rings.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Spinner Beads - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, Jump Rings, Jump Ring, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, Wrap the wire around the dap punch
Judy Freyer Thompson's Spinner Beads - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, Jump Rings, Jump Ring, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, Cut the coil into jump rings
Step 2
Condition the rings by pushing the ends away from one another. Make sure the ends fit together perfectly; file as necessary using a flat file from the needle file set.
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Step 3
Measure 3/8” on the copper tubing; cut using the jewelers saw with a metal blade or a tubing cutter. If you are using a jewelers saw, rest the tubing on a bench pin for support while sawing.
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Step 4
Lay the jump rings and copper tubing on the soldering brick. Solder the rings closed using the butane torch and copper wire solder. Anneal the piece of copper tubing.
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Step 5
When the pieces are cool, place them in the pickle solution to remove the fire scale. Remove and wash with soap and water using a brass brush to remove the residual fire scale.
Pro Tip: Sliding the beads onto a piece of scrap wire works great for holding them while brass brushing.
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Step 6
Position the 9.1 mm dapping punch in the bench vise. Use a piece of electrical or painters tape to hold the tubing and three jump rings in place on the dapping punch. Place the 8.3 mm dapping punch on the tubing, and tap lightly using the chasing hammer until the tubing begins to flare.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Spinner Beads - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, Jump Rings, Jump Ring, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, tape the bead and rings to the dapping punch
Judy Freyer Thompson's Spinner Beads - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, Jump Rings, Jump Ring, Making Jump Rings, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, place the dapping punch into the tube and tap lightly
Step 7
Remove the tape and flip the tubing over, repeat flaring using the 9.9 mm dapping punch.Flip over again as needed to complete the flare. Sand the cut ends with the 400 grit sandpaper to remove any sharp edges.
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Step 8
Now that you have made your first Spinner Bead, you can simply suspend it from a leather cord for single display. I decided to make a few and intersperse
them with sand cast glass beads and thread them on a piece of 12-gauge copper wire.
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