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Best Ever Spirals

Best Ever Spirals

Designed by Karen Roberts

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: Spirals

Tip: I used nylon covered, flat-nose pliers to demonstrate this technique because I used color coated wire for photography purposes. You can use regular flat-nose pliers to perform the same method on most wire materials.

Materials

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Instructions

  1. Clean, straighten and then cut the desired wire. Measure and mark 5/16 of an inch from one end. On the unmarked end, use round nose pliers to grasp the wire as close to its end as possible and then tightly roll the wire around the pliers jaw, forming a C shape.
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  2. Release your hold, turn the pliers, and grasp the base of the C shape. Turn the C shape over onto itself gently, forming a tiny loop. (The resulting shape will not be completely round.)
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  3. Using flat-nose pliers, hold this small loop, and use your fingers to bend and wind the remaining wire around the circle in small steps, to form the spiral.
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  4. When you have rolled the spiral around to the mark made at the opposite end, place chain-nose pliers on the mark and bend the wire end at a 90° angle away from the spiral, toward the backside. Use round-nose pliers to roll this end under and toward the spiral, forming a connection loop. Or form the connection loop at the top of the spiral! Attach or connect the spirals to your chosen design or to a pair of ear wires.
    Note: Make sure to turn one loop behind one spiral and one in front of the other so the result is a symmetrical pair rather than two exactly the same.
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