Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling. This easy-to-make hook is made with no soldering and can be used on many different jewelry items.
Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Coiling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This easy-to-make hook is made with no soldering and can be used on many different jewelry items.

This finished hook, made with 18 gauge round wire, is 7/8" long The spiral coil is 3/8" wide. The full width from the right side of the coil to the outer end of the hook on the left is a bit over 5/8".

Change the wire length and the type, style, and gauge of wire to make a hook with a different look to fit your jewelry creatin.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.72
  • Gold Club Price: $2.79
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Pliers
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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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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4oz Ball Peen Hammer with Wooden Handle
G3-36
  • G3-36
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.25
  • Gold Club Price: $3.94
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Instructions
Step 1
Straighten a piece of 18 gauge round wire. Flush cut both ends of the wire to make it 4½" long.
Step 2
On one end of the wire, make a slightly more than full circle with the tip of a round nose pliers. Hint: It may be easier to use a chain nose pliers to start the center of the spiral.
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Step 3
Using soft jaw pliers, tightly scroll the wire until the scroll is 2" from the end of the wire.
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Step 4
Place the tips of the round nose pliers as close to the scroll as possible-first photo. Bend the wire over the plier tips and up the side of the scroll-second photo.
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Step 5
Switch back to the soft jaw pliers and finish bending the wire up over the top of the scroll as shown.
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Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Step 6
Bend the wire tail around the ¼" mandrel to form the hook.
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Step 7
Use the tip of round or chain nose pliers and make half a curl at the end of the hook-first and second photos. Use flat nose pliers to press the curl flat down to the wire-third photo.
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Judy Larson's Wire Basics - Simple Swan Hook - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coiled wire swan hook
Step 8
Optional: Work harden the hook. Place the hook on a bench block. Hammer the upper curve of the hook and lower "V" portion to strengthen it.
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Step 9
Slide the hook onto a jewelry item.
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