Saturday, February 17, 2018

2 Styles of Easy Open Spiral Wire Earrings Tutorials

By on Saturday, February 17, 2018 4 Comments

Here is an easy peasy idea for beginner wire workers!   Shelly Owen of Radziela Designs shared her tutorial on her blog, Coffee, Beads and Blogging.   You can make it any size you want depending on what you use as the mandrel.  Using bail forming pliers as in the tutorial makes it a breeze!


You can also texture the earrings by hammering with the round part of a ball peen hammer.  But don't hammer the ends that go through the ear holes!

Check out her other brief tutorial which shows how to wire wrap some beads for added color.

I agree with the designer. You must wear these earrings with the little rubber or plastic stoppers at the back of the ear lobs so you don't lose the earrings.

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  1. Did you notice the guage of wire recommended for that tutorial? 18 guage is incredibly thick and most people will not be able to insert this size through their ear piercings. The most common guage for ear wires is 21 guage, but be aware that at this thickness, it may be slightly bendable. Some 21 guage wire can be work hardened after forming the earring.

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    1. You are absolutely right. I should have mentioned it that 18 G is too big. 20 or 21 G is fine. As you mentioned work hardening by hammering will stiffen the wire. I also recommend using half hard wire.

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  2. When we were in New Zealand my husband and I both picked up this style of earring because it represents The Koru.

    Koru. The Koru (Māori for "loop") is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos.

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    1. That is so cool. Thanks for sharing that information.

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