Making Memory Wire Earrings

by Robin

Thank you for your response and


instructions on coiling memory wire for making memory wire earrings.

However, I was not clear regarding the spiral I would like to make with memory wire.

I want to make earrings created by a spiral (from the center moving outwards) like a nautilus sea shell. How do I do this?

Thanks,
Robin

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Working with Memory Wire
by: Wanda

Robin,

Making a nautilus spiral with memory wire is not possible. At least, I could not get the memory wire to bend and stay in a spiral.

This is due to the very nature of how memory wire is made - it is coiled. So making a spiral in the strictest sense would not be easily achieved if at all possible, though I will remain open to the possibility.

Also, memory wire is very stiff and difficult to bend. You will want to make smooth spirals.

May I suggest trying to make your spiral earrings with regular wire. Try 20 gauge in copper or brass first. When you are confident, try making the nautilus earrings with sterling silver wire.

Here is a

Tutorial for Making Wire Spirals

First, use the above jewelry making instructions to make your spirals. Just make the spirals as large as you need to. (Also, there is a link at the bottom of that page for a video on making different types of spirals.)

To add beads, spread the spirals apart so that the beads can slide in between them.

Then make sure that the hole in the bead will fit onto the wire and over the curves of the spirals.

I do hope this helps because making memory wire earrings can be fun and creative. As an example, check out this

Shell Flower Beads Jewelry Set Design Idea.

The earrings are made using memory wire. You will find the jewelry making instructions there as well.

Happy Beading!

Wanda
making-beaded-jewelry.com


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