Wire Helix Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In this wire helix earring project we’ll create gracefully spiraling earrings that are lightweight to wear.

This is how they look when being worn:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Each earring is made with a single piece of wire.

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This a lovely design for people who like earrings to be big and interesting – but not heavy.

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Loops at the bottoms of these earrings can accommodate any type of dangle you like.

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of 20 gauge round soft or half-hard wire, each 18cm (7.1″) long.
    I used soft copper wire.
  • 2 dangle elements.
    I used 2 faceted orange briolette beads, size 8mm x 10mm (0.32″ x 0.39″).
  • 2 small jump rings that will fit through your beads (or whatever you use for the dangles).
    I used antiqued copper jump rings, in 6mm (0.24″) size.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur / wire rounder – to smooth and round the wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your wire, and also to use as a mandrel.
  • Small piece of #0000 steel wool, for final smoothing of the ear wire end of the earrings.

How to Make
Wire Helix Earrings:

Cut 2 pieces of wire, each 18cm (7.1″) long.

Use a cup bur / wire rounder to smooth and round the ends of your wire:

Using wire rounder to smooth wire ends for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On each wire, use a Sharpie marker to draw a mark that’s 5cm (1.99″) from one end of the wire.

Each wire should be marked like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - marking the wire

Now we’ll make the earrings one at a time.

We’ll use the Sharpie pen as a mandrel to make spiraling wire (helix).

Lay one of your wires across the Sharpie pen, with the marked spot on the wire centered on the pen:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the wire helix

In one hand, hold the pen and the wire together.

Your thumb should be right on top of the marked spot on the wire:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the wire helix

Now start winding the long end of the wire tightly around the pen, leaving an even gap between each wrap:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the wire helix

Continue wrapping the wire around the pen until you run out of wire:
Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the wire helix

Slide your wire off the pen.

It should look something like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the wire helix

Now we’ll turn the long, straight end of the wire into an ear hook.

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the straight end of the wire.

Note that the Sharpie mark you drew on the wire is beside the tip of the pliers:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Still grasping your wire with the flat nose pliers, bend the straight wire end upward, so that your wire looks like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Now use the widest part of your round nose pliers to grasp the wire, right where you just bent the straight stem upward:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Bend the straight wire end firmly over the plier jaw, away from the spiral end, with the straight wire end pointing downward:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Your wire should look something like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Now we’ll make a small bend at the tip of the earwire end of the earring, to make it easier to insert the earring into the ear piercing.

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the tip of the straight end of your wire:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

Now gently bend the tip of the wire end away from the spirals:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

. . . so that your wire looks like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the earwire

It’s time to finish off the spiral end of the wire by creating a small loop that will hold one of the dangles.

Near the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp the tip of the spiral end of your wire:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

. . . and roll that wire end into a small loop around one jaw of your pliers:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

Your small wire loop should look like this at the end of your spiraled wire:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

Now use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the wire loop and center the loop on its wire stem:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

Your small wire loop should look like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp your small wire loop.

Then bend the “neck” of the small wire loop at a 90-degree angle, so that the loop will point directly downward then the earring is worn:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

Now your wire should look like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - making the small wire loop

It’s time to attach your dangle to the bottom of the wire earring.

I used these faceted orange briolette beads:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the dangles

. . . and these antiqued copper jump rings:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the dangles

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your jump rings, so that you use it to connect your dangle to the small loop at the bottom of your wire earring:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - attaching the dangles

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring securely shut again.

Now make the second earring the same way as you made the first one.

Use a small piece of #0000 steel wool to do the final smoothing of the earwire end on each earring.

Your finished Wire Helix Earrings may look something like this:

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Helix Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Sandi Brando says:

    Rita, where are you DVD’S on metalsmithing? I have your wire tutorial and you do such beautiful work on wire jewelry, but I would like to see you do metal pieces. You have the best instructions and great pictures of how to do the pieces you are making. I would love to see metal earrings cut out of wire,filed,cleaned,hammered with texture, etc. Would you ever do that? Bet your DVD would sell because of how clear you present the directions and the finished product. Please think about it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you
    Sandi

  2. Sandi, thanks so much for your great idea and your lovely feedback! I will look into that.

  3. Hi Rena,
    Beautiful and simple earrings. Thank you so much for the clear and easy instructions. I will enjoy making these!

  4. Joanne, you’re very welcome, and thank you for your kind comment. 🙂

  5. Hi Rena, I have been creating this style of earrings for a few years. Made in silver fill or gold fill, they are some of my best sellers.

    What I have run into, however, is even with the small hook on the end of the earwires, they have a tendency to be “pushed out” by clothing with a high collar. (I.e.: winter coats, scarves, turtleneck sweaters, etc.) I always sell mine with earnuts to ensure my clients won’t lose them. In the unfortunate instances where they are lost, I always made a replacement for free. It’s just good business!

  6. Pam, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this style of earring. I know what you mean about the earwire ends being pushed up by collars and other garments – it can be a major cause of lost earrings. I agree, I always include ear nuts / earring stoppers with all earrings I give or sell. Great idea for providing complimentary replacements for a lost earring!

  7. Those are really cute!

  8. Hi Rena, I’m a new seller on Etsy (JanzArtJewelry) and I’m going through photography struggles as I bet most of us have when we start out. I also make twist earings, just a little differently. What would help enormously in photo display would be that wonderful small white ear you have in one of your photographs. Could you share wear you bought it? It would a fantastic help to me! Sincerely Janet.

  9. Sure, Janet – it’s from Etsy seller Body Double Arts. I bought mine a few years ago. Wishing you all the best with your new online shop! 🙂

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