How to Make Square Spirals
by Judy Ellis
I came across this great little tutorial by Pearl over at The Beading Gems's Journal, and thought I'd share. I'm sure if you've made spirals before you've probably had some of the same questions that this addresses. Enjoy!
Instructions
How to Make Square Spirals
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With square versions, you need just your broad nose or chain nose pliers to make 90 degree bends along a length of wire. If this is new to you, don't try any thicker than 20 gauge wire to start with.




First make a bend not far from the wire end. It might help to use a small broad nose pliers at the first attempt to get the distances right for the first few bends.
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Then another the same distance along. The next bend will be a tad longer as it has to clear the wire end.

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Keep going! Make the distance longer if you want an open spiral. Open informal spirals are easier to make than trying to get them absolutely dead square.

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Tip 1 Use your nylon jawed pliers to straighten out the wire before making a bend.

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Tip 2 Work harden the component by hammering with a pvc or rubber mallet. If you want to flatten it, then bang away with a metal hammer.

Tip 3 Using a chain nose pliers at the beginning will get you a tighter look. You can also offset the angles for a different look. There are no hard and fast rules in making this. So experiment!
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And there you have it. The basic square spiral component. What you do after to make it your jewelry design is up to your creativity.
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Materials

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  • Technique(s): Making Spirals