Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. This necklace was inspired by a sunset on Grand Lake, Oklahoma.

Swirly Sunset Necklace

by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This necklace was inspired by a sunset on Grand Lake, Oklahoma. I chose 5 different wire colors matching the color pallet but you could use less if desired. I also created the resin focal to match. These links would make a great chain with or without a focal, it's up to you!

Materials

Silver Filled Jump Rings Open (.025) 22ga 5mm - Pack of 25
S11-16
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20 Gauge Round Amber Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-M20-30FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $5.80
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20 Gauge Round Magenta Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-G20-30FT
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20 Gauge Round Silver Plated Amethyst Copper Craft Wire - 25 ft
H17-H20-25FT
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20 Gauge Round Silver Plated Orange Copper Craft Wire - 18 ft
H17-C20-18FT
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20 Gauge Round Red Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-A20-30FT
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Tools

Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
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Wubbers Small Bail Making Pliers
G2-1301
  • G2-1301
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Economy Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-25
  • G2-25
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Steel Block--Deluxe Hardened Steel
DAP-525.50
  • DAP-525.50
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
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WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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Instructions
Step 1
The size of your swirl links can vary depending on what length you cut the 20 gauge wire pieces. Here is an image of 3 different lengths. 12" 8" and 6" (I used 6" lengths of wire for this project).
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 2
I used 5 different colored wires that coordinated with my focal piece. I created 21 spiral links total. Cut a 6" piece of wire and bend at the middle using nylon jaw pliers.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 3
Curl up the tip until you start forming a spiral.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 4
Keep spiraling the wire until you cannot go any further.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 5
Using the Wubbers pliers, form a loop across from each other at both ends.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 6
Using your hammer and block, pound the spiral links to work harden the wire. Hammer gently so you don't mar the color on the wire. Alternatively, you can use a nylon or rubber mallet. Those won't flatten the wire.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 7
Connect one link to another using 2 jump rings.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace
Step 8
Connect the focal piece to both necklace end links using 2 jump rings. You can also leave off the focal piece and just create a spiral linked chain.
I made my necklace long enough to fit over my head so I don't need to attach a clasp.
Kristal Wick's Swirly Sunset Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, color inspiration swirly sunset necklace