|Wire spirals are easy to make and are one of the oldest symbols known to humans.|
I can still remember my first wire jewelry-making project. I had bought a kit that included a complete set of tools (which I still have and love dearly!), a book about making simple wire jewelry, and three spools of heavy gauge craft wire in gold, copper and bronze. I sat with my friends on a rainy Sunday afternoon as we cooked and taught ourselves how to make wire earrings, bracelets and pendants, and I remember being totally fascinated by the ancient techniques used to make wire spirals.
My first wire jewelry-making project was a bracelet of linked wire spirals made with copper colored wire. It was beautiful and light to wear and dramatic – and of course, I gave it away to one of my friends that rainy afternoon! But the more I practiced making my wire spirals, the more I found out about them. It turned out that this wire jewelry-making technique had been discovered in the jewelry of the ancient Egyptians, and that the basic spiral as a symbol dates back to the earliest humans.
|If you're a wire jewelry making beginner, you can save yourself time and frustration by using pre-twisted precious metal wire!|
So as part of my Earring-a-Day challenge for January, I thought that I would include a couple of wire earring projects, and the first project that I found was this pair of beautiful wire Dancing Spiral Earrings from a past issue of Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine! They reminded me of that rainy afternoon where I first started to play with wire, and I thought they would make a nice addition to my earring collection.
Of course, I didn't follow my own advice and made my first pair with my expensive sterling silver wire. (Yikes!) They didn't turn out like I had hoped, and I lost a couple of spirals when the wire snapped while I was making the spirals. I decided to make the second pair with my colored craft wire and was very happy with the results! Lesson learned: save the precious metal wire for when you've made a few "practice" wire jewelry projects!
Since I'm not really skilled at making nice, even twists in my wire, I decided to use some wire that I had with the twists already in it. It saved me a lot of time and frustration, and the twisted wire spirals came out looking just as good as the smooth wire spirals!
|If you can make wire spirals, you can make this lovely copper heart necklace by Christine Dunbar!|
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