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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tutorial: Spring Flower Earrings

Spring Flower Earrings by Albina Manning 
Copyright 2010 Albina Maning

Please do not distribute, lend or copy. Do not mass produce. Please always give credit to the Teacher*
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This lesson shows how to make 3-D (three-dimensional) spirals and use it for making earrings, pendants, etc.

Materials:
· 15” (38cm)* of 18 ga Round Soft Wire
· Jump rings -2
· Ear wire -2
* The length of the wire depends on the mandrel’s diameter and the number of coils.

Tools:
· Chain nose pliers
· Wire cutters
Round mandrel (or pencil)


Step 1:
Clean and straighten the 18ga wire (you can work from the spool). Start coiling the wire end around the mandrel.
Step 2:
Make 6 full coils around the mandrel. Cut the wire.

Step 3:
Remove the spring from the mandrel and using flash cutters cut one end as shown.

Step 4:
Make the second cut on the other side of the coiled wire, directly across from the first cut.

Step 5:
With your fingers, start opening the coils from just one side (outside). Both cuts have to be on the inside of the spring (see red arrows)

Step 6:
Continue forming the spring circle. The wire cuts have to meet each other and be very close.

Step 7:
Make sure that all six “rays” are evenly spaced

Step 8:
Using jump-rings, attach the ear wires

Variation: you can make 7-coil flower as well

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

* Published with permission of Albina Manning

19 comments:

Arctida said...

Great tutorial! Well done Tanya and Albina :)

Albina said...

Thank you, Arctida!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Vikulya said...

Wow!!!!I like Albina's tutorial So much!Thanks a lot,girls !!!!!!!!!!

daimblond said...

beautiful earrings! great idea, girls!

Katrinshine said...

Great! I'll try to make it!

IrinaN said...

How interesting! Great idea! :)

Dyche Designs said...

Great tutorial and so pretty.

SocksAndMittens said...

Thank you for your comments, everyone! :)

Almost Precious said...

Wonderful tutorial, very well written, clear instructions and fantastic photos.

I'm now following your lovely blog, hope you might visit mine and maybe follow me back. :)

SocksAndMittens said...

Thank you so much, AlmostPrecious, I am off to your blog now

SocksAndMittens said...

Thank you so much, AlmostPrecious, I am off to your blog now

VeganCraftastic said...

Great tutorial!

M.M.E. said...

That's amazing! It seems so much simpler than I imagined and yet it's still absolutely gorgeous.

Jupiter said...

These look so cool! Maybe I should get my ears pierced again :-)

charmeddesign1012 said...

Thank you for the great tutorial, I'm going to give it a go later. Found you on the etsy forum, please come visit my blog:

http://charmeddesign1012.blogspot.com/

SocksAndMittens said...

Thank you for your comments, guys, I am so glad you like it!

Anonymous said...

So simple but gorgeous !

Susann LoPresti said...

Just discovered your post today. Made a set in gold. LOVE IT!! Am going to made more in different colors and why not hook some of those together for longer earrings?! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

SocksAndMittens said...

Set in gold and other ideas sounds wonderful, Susan. Thank you for sharing!