Spiral Wire Measurement Chart
by Mint Spring
This week we are going to feature a handy tip shared with us by one of our wire-jewelry artists; Mint Spring.

This a simple little thing that she made ages ago and has found it to be helpful when trying to gauge how short to cut ending wires or what size a spiral will end up being based on the length of wire that is left.

You can make one for 22 gauge square wire and one for 18 gauge square wire or any other gauge that you desire!
Instructions
Materials:

About 8 inches of wire (whatever gauge you want the spirals to be). Mint suggests making these out of 22 gauge, as that is the most common gauge to work with.

Tools:

  • Wire Cutters
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers or Needle Nose Pliers
  • Thin Sharpie Marking Pen
  • Ruler
  • Step by Step Instructions:

    Step 1: Straighten the wire.

    Step 2: Lay it next to a ruler.

    Step 3: Mark at: ½", 7/8", ½", 1", ½", 1 ¼", 1/2", 1 ½", ½", 1 ¾", ½", 2".

    Step 4: Cut at the 7/8", 1", 1 ¼", 1 ½", 1 3/4", and 2" marks. This will give you 5 pieces of wire each ¼" longer than the next shorter piece, and 1 piece 1/8" difference in length. (Mint uses both the 3/8" & ½" sizes in smaller pieces of jewelry thus the 1/8" difference in length for these 2 pieces.) By keeping the tail pieces all the same length the size of the spiral is in better proportion to the next one.

    Step 5: Line them up in order of length with all of the ½" spaces at the bottom. (Ignore the extra in between sizes in the picture, there was not enough difference to use all 1/8" progressions.)
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    Step 6: At the ½" mark, bend each piece to the right (or left if easier) at about a 45 degree angle. This is just approximate. Having the bend gives you a consistent starting point for each spiral.

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    Step 7: Using the chain nose or needle nose pliers, make a tight spiral starting at the end OPPOSITE the ½" end. Curl it up until you reach the bend. Do this on each piece.

    Step 8: Line them up in order on a business card or other stiff piece of paper. Label each size swirl and tape securely and in order to the card.
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    Ready to use!

    Materials

    Wire
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    Tools

    C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
    PLR-487.00
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    • Category: Design
    • Technique(s): Coiling, Making Spirals, Design