ECT TV Episode 47: Dangle Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 47

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I continue on in my “Spirals Phase” and show you how to make Dangle Spiral Earrings.

These earrings go great with either ECT TV 46’s Wire Spiral Pendant or the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.

Watch the episode here:

Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 47

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire *
  • 2 earring wires **
  • 2 4mm jump rings
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block or anvil

* You can use any metal you like.  If you’re just starting, start out with less expensive wire such as silver plated copper, copper or brass until you get the hang of it.

** You can use store bought earring wires or make your own.  I show you how to make your own earring wires here.

Step #1

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Cut the 20 gauge wire in 6 pieces:

  • 2 pieces at 3 1/2″
  • 2 pieces at 3 1/4″
  • 2 pieces at 3″

Note:  It’s more important that you cut the wire in pairs than the actual size.  You can experiment with different lengths if you want your earrings longer or shorter.

Step #2

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Flush cut each end of each wire.  To make a flush cut, use the back, flat end toward what you’re cutting.

Step #3

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I’ll show you on one wire and then repeat this on each wire.

First make a loop on the end of the wire.  Hold the wire in round nose pliers as close to the tip of the round nose pliers as you can.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  (You should be able to run your finger over it.)

Twist the wrist holding the pliers away from you while using your other thumb to wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Twist as far as your wrist will go, readjust your wrist and the pliers and wire and then complete the loop.  It should look like a “P.”

Step #4

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Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

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Push the wire up.  Then readjust the loop in chain nose pliers so it’s to the side again and repeat.  Continue to do this to spiral around.

I spiraled 3 1/2 times for my spiral.  You do not have to go around the same number of times as I did, but keep all your spirals consistent for all of your wires.

Step #6

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The spiral is off to the side and we want the wire straight up the middle.  Use chain nose pliers to bend the wire straight up.

Step #7

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Repeat for all 6 wires.

Step #8

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Make a loop at the other end of each wire just like you did at the beginning.

Step #9

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Center the loop on the top of the wire.  Just place your round nose pliers back in the loop and kind of roll it back into place.

Step #10

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Use chain nose pliers to bend the loop so it’s perpendicular to the spiral.  Pay attention to do this the same way for all your spiral dangles.

Step #11

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This part is more optional, but if you want a hammered look, hammer the spiral.  I only hammered the spiral.  If you do not want a hammered look you can use a rawhide or nylon hammer to harden your spiral without flattening the wire.

Step #12

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Open a jump ring.  For a quick video on opening and closing jump rings, click here.

Add the spiral dangles to the jump ring starting with the largest, then the medium size and finally the shortest.

Close the jump ring.

Step #13

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Open an earring wire (it’s similar to opening a jump ring.)

Step #14

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Add the jump ring and close the earring wire.  Repeat for the second earring!

I hope you like these earrings as much as I do (and that you’re not sick of spirals yet!)  I’m calling it my “Spiral Phase.”

If you can’t get enough spirals here are some more things you can check out:

Plus I’ll have a brand new Hammered Spiral Bracelet eWorkshop ready very soon!!

Additional resources:

New to working with wire and maybe found this challenging?  Check out my free Wire Workshop and make sure you sign up for my free 14 Day Intro to Jewelry Making eCourse (which also signs you up for my weekly newsletter!)

You may also love my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eBook or print book if you’re just starting.

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5 Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials

5 Spiral WIre Jewelry Tutorials
I love making spirals.  I feel like it’s kind of becoming a signature look of mine in my jewelry pieces.

Spirals even show up in my paintings:

BraveSo what is it about spirals that I love?

I love how they just continuously keep going.

I think they look cool.

They fit into my simple, clean style of jewelry making very well, while adding a bit of a twist.

They are so much fun to make!

Now, it’s your turn to try making spiral jewelry!  What will you make first?

Spiral Charm Necklace

1.  Spiral Charm Necklace

Click on the link for the free tutorial.  You’ll learn how to make a spiral charm and then make a fun charm necklace.

Spiral earrings tutorial

2.  Spiral Earrings

Super cute and quick!  Use the beads I mention or try different beads.  Just be careful that the weigh of the beads isn’t too heavy for your ears.

Adjustable Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

3.  Adjustable Spiral Wire Ring

So cute as a midi ring or a regular ring.  It also can make a great gift because it’s adjustable and you don’t need the exact size!  Click on the link for a video and photographic tutorial and learn how to make this cute ring!

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

4.  Spiral Wire Ring

I am obsessed with these rings.  I actually designed it years ago and had just the one ring for myself.  Then recently I decided to release a tutorial on how to make it.  It’s the first in a series of new individual jewelry patterns I will be releasing (because you asked for that in my survey!)

Click here to learn more and purchase the Spiral Wire Ring Pattern/Tutorial at a great price!

Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials

5.  Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials eBook

Well, it’s really a bunch of tutorials in one.  As you can see, two of the tutorials I mentioned above are in this eBook (in easy to download and/or print and take your worktable format), plus I love that bangle bracelet tutorial.

I actually have made myself several of the spiral bangle bracelets and I wear them constantly.  I love to pile on the bracelets, wearing a whole bunch of bracelets stacked at one time and that bracelet goes perfectly with almost everything.  (And once you get the base made and get the technique down, it goes pretty quickly!)

So have a convinced you to try to make wire spirals? 

3 Basic Tools You Need to Start Wire Wrapping

3 Basic Wire Wrapping ToolsTo get started wire wrapping, you need 3 basic tools.  These are the tools you’ll always use and that you probably can’t get too far without.

Calling it 3 tools is probably not exactly correct.  You’ll need 4, but only 3 different types of tools.  You’ll need 2 chain nose pliers.  (You can use other types of pliers – either bent nose or square nose pliers in place of your second pair of chain nose, depending on your preferences.)

3 Basic Wire Wrapping ToolsWire Cutters

You use wire cutters to cut wire!  You can actually get started with a basic pair that you have around or in your toolbox; however, you’ll quickly want to get a better pair.  The pair I have pictured above are a pretty big investment, but they are so worth it.  Once I started using them I couldn’t believe I used my other ones for so long.

How to use wire cutters:

You use wire cutters to make 2 different types of cuts:  a flush cut and a pinch cut.  Depending what side of the cutters you use is the kind of cut you’ll make.

how to use wire cuttersThe flat side will make a flush cut.  In all of the tutorials I share you want to start with making sure each side has a flush cut.

how to use wire cuttersThat’s what the flush cut looks like.  It’s cut straight.

how to use wire cuttersWhen you use the other side you make a pinch cut.

(And actually, every time you cut wire off to use, one piece will have a flush cut and one will have a pinch cut.)

how to use wire cuttersThat’s what a pinch cut looks like.

How to use round nose pliersRound Nose Pliers:

Round nose pliers are used for making loops and spirals.  I use them in most, if not all, of my designs involving wire wrapping.

How to use Round Nose Pliers:

You’ll see 2 marks on my round nose pliers.  Click here for a quick tip for wire wrapping that explains those 2 marks and how I use them to make uniform loops.

How to Use Round Nose Pliers

How to use round nose pliersOne thing that I use round nose pliers for is to make spirals.  You can make spiral headpins or just incorporate spirals into your designs.

Click here for a tutorial on making spiral headpins.

Click here for the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop, or here for the Wire Wrapped Charm Pendant.

How to use round nose pliersRound nose pliers are also use to make loops.  Here I’m starting a wire wrapped loop to make a bead dangle.

How to use round nose pliersHow to Use Chain Nose PliersChain Nose Pliers:

Chain nose pliers are basically used for everything.  It’s like an extension of your hands when you’re wire wrapping, which is while you’ll want to have 2 pair.  (Or like I said, you may opt to get a second pair of pliers that are not chain nose.)

How to use chain nose pliers:

Use chain nose pliers to hold wire, wrap wire and bend and twist wire.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersHold a loop wire wrapping it.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersWhile holding the loop with one pair of pliers, wrap the wire around with another pair of pliers.  (2 things about this photo:  1) I’m holding the loop with bent nose pliers.  I’ll usually either hold the loop with the bent nose or actually do the wrapping with the bent nose while holding the loop with chain nose.  2) For the photo I was holding the chain nose pliers with my left hand, so this photo is backwards if you’re right handed.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersHere I’m making a spiral.  Once you make the original loop, you use chain nose pliers to continue the spiral.

You’ll use chain nose pliers for everything you make when wire wrapping.

Like I mentioned, you’ll actually want another pair of pliers, too.

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Ready to learn the basics of wire wrapping like making loops, making bead dangles and making wire wrapped bead links, plus how to wire wrap anything to make charms and pendants?  Check out my Wire Wrapping For Beginners book, available both as an eBook or a print book.  Click here for more information.

How to Make A Beaded Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThis is another simple, but elegant design using spirals.  I didn’t actually mean to include spirals when I first started, but as I made this pendant, I added them.  You can certainly skip the spiral at the top as well as the spiral headpins if you prefer to leave them out.

The original idea is from Crafty Jewelry.  I added the spirals and I also teach you to make your own hoop.

The pendant I made is relatively large.  You can make as small of a pendant as you want.

The other way you could customize this is to make it beaded all the way around instead of just one side.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesMaterials and Tools:

Step #1

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesCut a piece of wire about 13″ long.

Step #2

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the wire in the middle with round nose pliers at the largest part of the barrel of the pliers.  Then make a loop by crossing the ends.

Step #3

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTwist the wire to secure the loop.

Step #4

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesWrap the wire around something round as large as you would like to make your pendant.  I used a hand lotion bottle that was about 1 1/2″- 1 3/4″ across the lid.  (If you’re using something larger or smaller, you’ll need more or less wire to start with.)

You’ll have to push the wire especially where the loop you formed because it will be more in a triangle form.

Cross the wires and make one twist right across from where your loop is.

Step #5

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off and then untwist it.  (We did this so we’d know how far to bead.)

Straighten one of the sides out just enough to get the beads on.

Step #6

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide the beads on.  If you’re following my exact instructions, you’ll need 17 of the 6mm Turquoise White Heart Trade Beads.

Step #7

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPut the wire back on the circle thing you used to begin with and reform the circle.  Twist the wire twice and make sure it’s secure.

Step #8

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off.

Step #9

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold one wire with your round nose pliers and wrap around one barrel.

Step #10

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the loop off the round nose pliers and hold in chain nose pliers. Straighten the loop.

Continue wrapping that one wire in the same direction, but do not wrap the other wire.

Make sure your loop is secure.  I left a little extra wire at the end that I didn’t cut off until later.

Step #11

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a spiral with the other wire.

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.

Hold the end of the wire between your round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the end but not poking through the pliers.

Twist the pliers away from you, using your wrist.  Once you go as far as you can, leave your pliers inside the loop but readjust the pliers and then finish the loop.

Step #12

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThe loop will look like a “p”.

Step #13

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the loop you made in chain nose pliers.

Step #14

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBend the wire around the original loop to make a spiral.

Step #15

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPush down the spiral like shown.

Step #16

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a few spiral headpins to make dangles.

Here’s a video of how to make geometric headpins (including spiral headpins) if you prefer to learn via video.

Cut 3 pieces of wire 3″ long each.

Step #17

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesFollow steps #11 – #14 to create the spiral.  Go around 2 times.  Then bend back the wire to make it straight above the spiral.

Step #18

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide beads onto the headpins.  I made a total of 3:  2 with 2 beads and 1 with 3 beads.

Step #19

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’ll make a bead dangle.  For a video on how to make a bead dangle, click here.

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.  Bend the wire down and around the barrel of round nose pliers.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesDo not complete the wrap!

Step #20

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPlace the dangle on the loop you made on the bottom of the pendant.

Step #21

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesComplete the wrapped loop.

Step #22

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesRepeat for the other dangles.

Step #23

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide on a chain and wear your unique new pendant!


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How to Make Spiral Earrings

Spiral Earrings TutorialI’ve been on a spirals kick lately.  Originally I was just going to make these plain spirals, but making jewelry is more fun with beads!

These beads are from Happy Mango Beads, my new favorite bead store!

Spiral Earrings TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Wire *
  • 2 Beads; I used 8mm round gemstones from Happy Mango Beads.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Hammer (I used my nylon/rubber hammer)
  • Steel block or anvil
  • Optional:  Nylon covered pliers

*A note on wire.  I used 22 gauge wire because when I made my sample earring with 20 gauge I was having some troubles with it.  However, 20 gauge is the standard for earring wires.  If you are using 22 gauge wire, you will definitely not want to skip the hammering part to make your earrings stronger.

Step #1

Spiral Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of wire to 6″.  Make sure they’re even.

Also, make sure to flush cut each side with your wire cutters.  (Use the flat side of the cutters.)

Step #2

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If it is easier for you to learn by video, I did a video on how to make a spiral headpin.  You’ll go around a could more times for this project, but you can get the general idea how to do it there.

Using round nose pliers, hold the wire.  The wire should be near the top, but not poking out through the pliers on top.  You should be able to run your figures over it.

Step #3

Spiral Earrings TutorialTwist your wrist away from yourself, forming a loop around the barrel of the pliers using your other hand.  When you’ve twisted as far as you can, open the pliers and readjust, leaving the pliers in the loop.  Complete the loop.

Spiral Earrings TutorialStep #4

Spiral Earrings TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Spiral Earrings TutorialPush the wire up and around the original loop.  Keep moving the loop in the chain nose pliers and wrapping the wire around the original loop.

Spiral Earrings TutorialSpiral Earrings TutorialI went around 4 times.

Spiral Earrings TutorialStep #6

Spiral Earrings TutorialSpiral Earrings TutorialUsing your chain nose pliers and bend the end of the wire so it’s straight.

Step #7

Spiral Earrings TutorialHammer just the spiral to harden it.  Do not hammer the extra wire at this time.

Step #8

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Spiral Earrings TutorialSlide on a bead.

Just above the bead make a slight bend and then bend it back.  This will hold the bead on.

Step #9

Spiral Earrings TutorialSpiral Earrings TutorialAbout 1 1/2″ up from the bottom of the spiral, make a bend.  I bent it around my ring mandrel, but you can use anything like a pen, paintbrush, etc.

Step #10

Spiral Earrings TutorialMake a bend in the wire.  I made mine near where the bead is located.

Step #11

Spiral Earrings TutorialCut off any excess wire you may have.

Step #12

Carefully hammer the top part of the wire now to strengthen it.

Step #13

Spiral Earrings TutorialFile the end and round it out so it doesn’t snag your ears.

Step #14

Spiral Earrings TutorialEnjoy your new earrings!!

Spiral Earrings TutorialWays to Customize:

  • Use different beads.
  • Use more than just one bead (make sure to make your wire longer when starting.)
  • Make the spirals bigger or smaller.

Are you going to make them?  Let me know in the comments below!


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