Kristal Wick's Whirly Twirly Bling Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. I love the meaning of spirals.
Whirly Twirly Bling Necklace
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I love the meaning of spirals. I've been fortunate to see spiral petroglyphs on ancient cave walls in the southwest. They symbolize evolution, life, consciousness and creativity. Spirals were frequently used in Celtic symbology. Even as a kid, I would doodle spirals in my notebook while trying to pay attention to geometry! As an adult I love to find ways to incorporate them into my jewelry and here's one of my fave designs.

Materials

4mm Blue Zircon Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 12
A13-17A
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6mm Aquamarine 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56B
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6mm Light Sapphire 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-129B
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8mm Sapphire 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-63C
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20 Gauge Round Antique Copper Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-Q20-30FT
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Soft Flex Beading Wire--Medium--.019
BDC-419.00
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Sterling Silver Chain Cable chain oxidized 3mm - 10 Feet
C8-150U
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Gold Filled Crimps 2x1mm - Pack of 20
J10-21
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Sterling Silver Oval Lobster Clasp (Gun Metal) 9 mm - Pack of 1
K3-140
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Gold Filled Jump Rings Open (.020) 24ga. (OD) 3mm (ID) 1.98mm - Pack of 25
J11-188
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Tools

3 Step Wire Looping Plier for Wire Wrappers
G2-153
  • G2-153
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WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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Original Bead Crimper
PLR-585.00
  • PLR-585.00
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Instructions
Step 1
Straighten wire using the nylon flat jaw pliers and cut a 4.5" piece of wire. Make a slight bend in the middle so you can keep track of where the middle is once you start spiraling.
Step 2
Make a small loop at the end of the wire using the round-nose pliers.
Using the flat chain nose pliers, grasp the middle of the loop and push the wire around the loop with your fingers to form a spiral. Stop ¬Ĺ" from the middle bend.
Kristal Wick's Whirly Twirly Bling Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, make a small loop
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Step 3
Straighten out the bend in the wire and slide on a 4m crystal, 6m crystal, 8m crystal, 6m crystal, 4m crystal and repeat the steps to make a spiral on the other end of the wire at a 90-degree angle. This is the middle dangle and the longest in the necklace.
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Step 4
Create the following dangles with the spiral facing the same direction (right side of the necklace):

A. 4m (2.5" wire)

B. 6m (3" wire)

C. 8m (4" wire)

D. 4m, 8m, 4m (4" wire)

E. 6m, 8m, 6m (4" wire)
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Step 5
Create the same 5 dangles with the spiral facing the opposite direction as the dangles you previously made. You will have a total of 11 dangles.
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Step 6:
Crimping steps
Cut an 8" piece of Soft Flex wire and crimp one end. Using a crimp tube, make a small loop by slipping the beading wire through the crimp and back through. Be sure the wires don't crisscross over themselves.
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Step 7
Place the crimp into the front section and squeeze just a tiny bit. This turns the round crimp tube into an oval shape.
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Step 8
Put the crimp in the back section and squeeze tightly making a little taco.
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Step 9
Place the little taco into the front section sideways and squeeze tightly flattening the taco.
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Step 10
Viola' Here's an example of a finished crimp.
Pro Tip: You can also use crimp covers to cover the crimp for decorative purposes.
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Step 11
Slide the following components onto the wire and crimp the other end:

6m, 4m, 6m, 4m, 6m, (left side) A. B. C. D. E. longest dangle, (right side) A. B. C. D. E. 6m, 4m, 6m, 4m, 6m

Be sure to pull the wire tightly so there are no gaps. Pull the wire through the end crystal, crimp and trim off excess wire.
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Step 12
Determine your desired wire length and cut the chain in half. Attach one end of the chain to the crimped loop using a jump ring. Repeat for the other side.
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Step 13
Attach a lobster clasp to one end of the chain using a jump ring.
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