Curl Up with Some Coils

Coils add an element of fun in your jewelry designs. Look at the bottom of the Carribean Breeze Earrings (at left) as an example. (Other people may call these coils "scrolls" or "spirals.") I tend to use coils whenever I want to make a pair of earrings that are longer than the headpins that I have. What else can you do with them?

Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey, authors of Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry and More, offer these ideas: "This coil is commonly used as an embellishment, but you can also use it to make earrings or incorporate it into other jewelry. Coils can be used as bead caps, and they look great when hammered. Making coils is a great way to practice jewelry-making skills. Coils also come in handy for finishing off wire ends." Linda and Christine do warn: "One caveat—coils can snag and come uncoiled. To prevent snagging, hammer the coil to work-harden it. Coating the back of the coil with clear two-part epoxy will also help the coil to keep its shape."

What to know more?

• offers step-by-step instructions on how to make a wire spiral
• Blogger Joriel Foltz offers a cute spiral bookmark idea
• Another blogger, Wire Mom, shows off a bunch of her designs that feature spirals

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