ECT TV Episode 46: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

I love spirals and today we’re making a really cool but simple wire spiral pendant on ECT TV episode 46!

Watch the video tutorial here:

Symbolism in Spirals

I have been drawn to spirals for quite a while.  I use them quite often in jewelry designs.  In fact, I have done 10 free jewelry tutorials involving spirals on my blog.  (I linked them all below!)  They look cool, but they have a lot of meaning, too.

I always have thought about the meaning of spiral being that in your life you’ll come around to the same spot again (same situation, etc.) in your life, but the next time you have more understanding and be able to deal with that situation or use past information to handle the situation much better this time.

I did some research and found more symbolism for spirals.  Maybe you’ll find something that resonates with you in this list:

  • In spirituality, spirals symbolize the path leading from outer consciousness to inner.  (Ego to enlightenment.)
  • Spirals can represent the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and expanding out.
  • Spirals symbolize growth, evolution, coming back to the same point in your life but with new understanding.
  • Female energy and the womb.
  • Constant change.
  • Harmony, beginning, concentration and focus.
  • Journey, direction and progress.
  • Infinity.
  • In Celtic symbolism spirals play a huge role.  It usually symbolizes birth, development and expansion.

Whether you find symbolic meaning in spirals or if you just think they are a cool shape, you’re going to love this simple and fun tutorial!

Wire Spiral Pendant Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • 16 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you can try larger and smaller gauge wire.  The larger the gauge the larger the pendant will be.  I wouldn’t recommend using smaller than 18 gauge wire though.

Hammers:  I used a chasing hammer (pictured above) to flatten the pendant.  If you would like the wire to keep it’s round shape, use a rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer to harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

For this pendant we’ll work from the coil, meaning do not cut the wire off the coil.

To start make sure you have a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop at the end of the wire.

Hold the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  You should be able to run your finger over the top of the pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you and wrap the wire around the pliers.  Once you’ve gone as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the pliers, your wrist and the wire and complete the loop.

It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

We’re going to spiral around that original loop.  To do that hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.  Then readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers and do it again.

Hint:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

As you’re spiraling and moving the pliers, keep the pliers positioned close to the loose wire and just do the spiral a tiny bit at a time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral until it’s the size you would like.  I made mine about the size of a quarter.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut the wire making sure you make a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop just like you did to start the spiral.  Make sure you make it large enough to fit a chain or cord through.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the spiral (so it will hang correctly when you place it on a cord or chain.)

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the pendant with the loop off the side of the steel block and hammer the pendant.  See note above about hammers.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

If you want, you can also hammer the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Add your favorite chain or cord and wear your new pendant!

More Spiral Tutorials:

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

My new Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.  These pendants are so pretty and fun to make that I’ve made several!  If you like today’s tutorial, you’ll love this eWorkshop.  Learn more about it here.

ECT TV Episode 41: Spiral and Bead Link Earrings

Adjustable Spiral and Bead Ring Video Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 34: Open Spiral Headpin

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Individual Jewelry Pattern

ECT TV Episode 21: Adjustable Spiral Ring

ECT TV Episode 12: Spiral Charm Pendant

Spiral and Dangle Earrings Tutorial

Spiral Earring Wires

Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

Another pair of Spiral Earrings

Hopefully you’ll find something in that list you like!

Remember if you make this project, I’d love to see it!  Use the hashtag #ECTTV on Instagram.  (Follow me @KimberlieKohler) or post it on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page

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Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop for you!

I am so excited about this eWorkshop because I’ve been obsessed with making these spiral pendants!  I have them in several color combinations and different sizes.

I made the first one, posted it to Instagram (so I know I didn’t imagine making it!) and promptly lost it.  And it’s still lost.  It’s okay, though, because I’ve had so much fun making more and more of them.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I love spirals and they keep showing up in different forms in my life, too.  To me, life is a spiral.  You start out and you just keep coming around around to the same things.  It’s great because you can use what you learned the first time around to help you the next time around.  It’s not a circle, so there’s space between the first time you experienced it and the next time.  It’s a learning journey.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what an eWorkshop is….

It’s a virtual workshop that’s held online.  It’s kind of like going to an in person workshop except you can do it in your PJs!  Plus, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can take it any time and it’s much less expensive.

Beaded Spiral eWorkshop

For my eWorkshops, they include a private video tutorial plus a PDF eBook (with step-by-step photos.)  (Some of my eWorkshops contain several videos and PDFs.  This particular one is for just one project.)

I’ll teach you how to use any beads and customize this pendant to work with them!

You can learn all about the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop here.  Right now (if you’re reading this shortly after I post it) it’s priced at a low introductory rate that’s half off what it’s going to be!

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

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

Want to make more spiral jewelry?  Check out my Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials eBook!

Adjustable Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Spiral Wire Ring TutorialThis fun ring uses spirals to create interest.  This ring is a great gift because it’s adjustable – you don’t have to guess or ask the recipient’s ring size!

This ring also makes a super cute midi ring.

If you love making this, I have another ring you’re going to love making in my shop. Click here for the Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial.

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • 18 gauge wire (approximately 5″)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialCut a piece of 18 gauge wire to 5 inches.

Step #2

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialAdjustable Spiral Ring TutorialWrap the wire around the mandrel to make a circle.  If you’re making it for yourself, make it slightly smaller than the ring size of finger that you’ll wear it on.  For others, chose an average size like size 7.

Step #3

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialNow we’re going to make spirals on each side of the ring.  Hold one of the loose ends in the middle of the barrels of round nose pliers.  The end should be at the top, but not poking through.

Step #4 Adjustable Spiral Ring

Twist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the barrel.  Twist as far as your wrist will go and then readjust and complete the loop.  It should look like a P.

Step #5

Adjustable Spiral RingHold the loop you just made in your chain nose pliers.

Step #6

Adjustable Spiral RingPush the wire up.  Readjust your pliers and continue making a spiral until you get to where the wires cross.

Adjustable Spiral RingStep #7

Adjustable Spiral RingRepeat for the other end, making the spiral in the opposite direction.

Step #8

Adjustable Spiral RingPlace the ring back on the ring mandrel and make sure it’s in the shape you want.

Step #9

Adjustable Spiral RingHammer with a nylon or rawhide hammer so that the ring takes shape and hardens.

Step #10

Adjustable Spiral RingEnjoy your new ring!

Wear it as a regular ring:

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialOr as a cute midi:

Adjustable Spiral Ring TutorialLike this tutorial?  You’re going to love the Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial!

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

How to Make Interchangable Wire Wrapped Earrings

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsThese versatile earrings are so much fun because you can change the dangles to suite your mood and outfit.  Or if you prefer, just use some 24 gauge wire between the loops and wrap them together so that the dangles are not removable.

Some things to note:  When you wear these earrings the dangles are relatively secure, however any vigorous movements or exercise can make you lose the dangles.  I was wearing these while doing some quick and vigorous cleaning and one of the dangles fell off.  Otherwise, they will be just fine.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsMaterials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge wire
  • Carved Bone Skull Beads (B7517) from Happy Mango Beads
  • Earring wires (or you can make your own)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or highlighter pen
  • Paintbrush or pen
  • Hammer and Steel block or anvil

Step #1

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsCut off 2 pieces of 8 inch wire.

Step #2

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialWrap the wire around a ring mandrel or highlighter pen so that the ends of the wire are equal.

Step #3

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialThen twist the wire.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialStep #4

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialHold one end of the wire with round nose pliers and start to make a bend going in towards the middle.

Step #5

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialThen use a paintbrush or pen and start to make a large spiral.

Step #6

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialUsing your round nose pliers, continue to make the spiral until you end up with how you want it to look.  Then repeat for the other side and the other wire as well.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialInterchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialStep #7

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialUsing a nylon hammer on a steel block or anvil, lightly hammer the wire to harden and strengthen it.

Step #8

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialMake 4 spiral headpins.  Or alternatively you can use purchased headpins.

Here’s video on how to make the headpins:

Step #9

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialUsing the skull beads and the spiral headpins, make bead dangles.

For more on how to make a bead dangle, see this video:

Step #10

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialSlide the beads around the spiral and onto the earrings.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialStep #11

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialAdd pre-made earring wires or make your own.

How to make your own earring wires:

How to Make interchangeable wire wrapped earringsThen you can make other dangles so you can change out the beads OR make them permanent by wrapping the loops on each earring together!

Enjoy!


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