Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earring Tutorial

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone EarringsI have been hoarding two strands of these gemstone chip beads for a while.  I love the color and I had an idea of what I was going to make, but I just never quite got inspired to make that big design.  I really wanted to use these beads, though, so I created these earrings.  They take just 6 chips each and have fun spirals.  Plus, I also designed a pendant to match!

Here’s how to make the Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings:

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone EarringsMaterials and Tools:

  • Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads (you’ll just need 12 total, so you’ll have plenty left over for other projects!) – the link takes you to these beads on Happy Mango Beads, my favorite bead store.
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own using my tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers
  • Nylon or Rawhide hammer and metal block or anvil

Step #1

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsCut a piece of 20 gauge wire about 6 inches long.  (You’ll need 2 for the pair of earrings).

Step #2

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the wire in the round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top, but not poking through the top.

Step #3

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsTwist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the barrel of the round nose pliers.  Go as far as you can and then readjust the wire and complete the loop.  It should look like a P.

Step #4

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Start the spiral by pushing the wire up.  Continue readjusting the wire/loop and continuing in the same way.

Step #5

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsYou can make your spiral as large as you want just as long as you make both the earrings the same.

Step #6

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsUse your chain nose pliers to bend the wire so it’s straight.

Step #7

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsGently hammer the spiral with a nylon or rawhide hammer.

Step #8

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsSlide about 6 gemstone chips onto the wire.  (You can use more or less.)

HINT:  All chips are not created equally.  When I made my second earring I slide 6 chips on and finished the earrings to realize that the the earrings were not equal lengths.  So measure the 2 earrings next to each other before completing the earrings.

Step #9

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the wire above the beads with your round nose pliers.

Step #10

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsWrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers.

Step #11

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsStraighten out the loop so it’s straight on top of the beads.

Step #12

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers and use the other pliers to continue and finish wrapping.

Step #13

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsTrim the excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsEither make your own earrings or open a pair of earring wires.

Step #15

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsClose the earring wire.

Step #16

Repeat for the second earring.  (It is easier to just do each step for both earrings as you go along.)

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsEnjoy your pretty new earrings.

Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials

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