Forming Wire CoilsA55Z
Create wire coils with tools, gadgets and forming devices designed to make consistent coils for limitless jewelry-making. Have fun choosing from all the different wires to then make different coils.
Using a Coiling Mechanism to Create Coiled CoilsTo create coils on a coiling mechanism, work with contrasting colored copper wires in gauges that support each other. Form coils to later use any way that inspires you.
Tie the wire coming off of a spool of your choice color of Zebra Wire™, 24-gauge wire to the thin rod crank.
Do not cut the wire off of the spool.
Turn the crank to feed the wire onto the rod and create a 6-inch coil. You will likely use 7 feet of wire. Remove the coil from the rod crank and cut the wire from the spool, making the cut close to the coil.
Repeat this process to create additional identical coils.
Choose a Zebra Wire in a contrasting color and one that is thicker than 24 gauge to be a supporting wire in the next step. Wire shown is Zebra Wire 22-gauge in silver plate.
Repeat this process to create additional coils.
Use these coils in your wire designs or to create the earring design shown in the how-to video "Designing with Wire Coils" and in the Gallery of Designs, titled "Going, Going, Gone Fishing"
Using Mandrels to Create CoilsCreate slightly graduated coils with interesting shapes using steel bezel mandrels. Mandrels come in a variety of geometric shapes: round, hexagon, square and triangle.
Tip: If you want a coil that has wider spacing, you will use less wire.
Tape the wire at the wider (lower) mark on the mandrel.
Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to make additional coils that are identical.
- Highlight the corners of the shaped coils by oxidizing with liver of sulfur.
- Bring out highlights in the coil (removing excess oxidation) by brushing the coil using a soft brush, soap and water until you are pleased with the finish.
- Harden and polish the coils by tumbling in a tumbler with stainless steel shot.