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Sculpted wirework necklace

Shape a gradation of spirals for this hypnotically alluring necklace

Suggestive of ethnic jewelry crafted in ancient times, this wire-sculpted necklace is a practice in manipulating large-gauge wire into loops and spirals and carefully planishing areas for handwrought appeal. Domed spiral components form a row of illusory tunnels that draw you in to their hypnotic wraps, and curvaceous quad-loops run across the tops of the spirals as linking elements that bring it all together.

By using careful and intentional movements, you’ll make the proper tools an extension of your body, bringing fluidity and gracefulness to the wireworking process. Amazing results can be achieved with simple, straight lengths of wire, and this project will awaken your mind to the endless creative possibilities this medium offers. 

Read the step-by-step jewelry-making instructions in the gallery below, or click here for the free project PDF

Materials

  • Sterling-silver wire: 18 gauge, round, dead-soft, approximately 15 ft. (4.6m)
  • Clasp

Tools & supplies

  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: chainnose, small roundnose
  • Bench block
  • Hammers: chasing, planishing, or riveting (small)
  • Mandrel, 3.7mm, or knitting needles, size #4 (or equivalent)
  • Copper wire (optional)
  • Jeweler’s saw, 2/0 blades
  • Liver of sulfur (optional)
  • Emery boards (optional)
  • Steel or brass wool (optional)
  • Precharged polishing cloths, or tripoli and red rouge with chamois cloth (optional)
Instructions
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