Wire jewelry instructions show how to make jewelry connectors using wire jewelry making techniques to make a wire spiral and more!
To make the lanyard ID holder, before you start this jewelry lesson, complete Part 1 of this wire jewelry tutorial: Coiling Wire.
If you simply want to learn how to make wire spirals, you'll need a few inches (or centimeters) jewelry making wire.
It's easy to make a lanyard ID holder jewelry component with jewelry making wire.
We will take a length of coiled wire and make a wire spiral on each end, making a jewelry component.
You can then connect it to any jewelry you decide to make.
In our case we will attach this jewelry component to a beaded lanyard. The link to the lanyard making instructions are provided at the end of this wire jewelry tutorial.
Making a wire spiral is one wire jewelry making skill known as wire working, which is the essence of wire jewelry making.
If you need it, here's a review of jewelry pliers used in wire and bead jewelry projects.
Note: For these jewelry making instructions...
Work with the pliers in your dominant hand. Hold the wire in your non-dominant hand.
1. Using the round nose pliers, grasp one end of the coiled wire with the tip of the round nose pliers,
ensuring that the wire is flush with the jaws of the pliers.
Rotate the pliers towards you to begin making a wire loop.
2. Continue to rotate the pliers towards you until you make a wire loop that looks similar to the letter 'P'.
3. Using flat nose or chain nose pliers, grasp the head of the 'P' with a firm grip on the pliers. (Here, I'm using flat nose pliers.)
4. Continue this process until the spiral reaches just over the first of
the wire coils.
Repeat Steps 1 - 3 on the second end of the coiled wire length.
5. When you're done making the wire spirals, your coiled wire length should have a spiral on each and look similar to the wire jewelry component pictured below.
Wirework turns simple wire into jewelry components!
6. In your dominant hand, hold the marker pen with the non-writing
end between your thumb and index finger.
Place the coiled wire length, at its middle, perpendicular to the marker pen, between your thumb and the marker.
Spread apart the index finger and thumb of your non-dominant hand.
Place your index finger at the top end of the coiled length. Place your thumb at the bottom end of the coiled length.
7. Now, push the coiled wire length away from you and back over the marker until the two ends of the coiled wire length meet one another.
8. Another view of the two ends of the coiled wire length meeting
one another to shape the wire coil like a fat letter 'U'.
You may need to glide the ends past one another and squeeze, bending the coiled wire over the marker to help the component keep it's 'U' shape better.
9. Remove the coiled wire from the marker. Yours should resemble the 'U' shaped jewelry component pictured below.
10. Further shape the 'U' shaped jewelry component and bring the two wire spiral ends together by manipulating the piece using both hands as pictured below.
You're done! You've completed this wire jewelry tutorial on making a wire jewelry connector. Use it as a lanyard ID holder or to clip jewelry pendants onto.
Jewelry Component Ready for Use as a Lanyard ID Holder
Now make a beaded lanyard to attach to your jewelry connector, or lanyard ID holder.
Wire spirals can give your wire jewelry a unique look.
Learning how to make a spiral is a good wire working technique to know for making wire jewelry that has artistic flair!