How to Make a Wire Spiral
Wire spirals add a touch of flair to any project! With spirals, you can
make a head pin, create a spacer or accent a bracelet - the
possibilities are endless!
If you need your spiral to be a perfect circle, use the following
instructions. If your spiral can be more oval in shape, use the second,
quick spiral technique.
- Trim a piece of wire and straighten it.
- Squish the tip of the wire flat. This will allow the wire end to
wrap cleanly into the spiral.
Grasp the very tip of the wire with your round nose pliers. Loop
the wire around the pliers to make a small P.
Without releasing the wire, continue wrapping the wire until it
starts to wrap upon itself.
Remove the start of the spiral from the sound nose pliers and gently
grasp it flat with your chain nose pliers. Place the spiral so that the
wire comes out the side, perpendicular to the pliers.
Holding the spiral gently to not mar the piece, but firmly enough that
the spiral does not slip, pull the end of the wire up to continue the
Release the spiral and rotate it in the pliers back to the starting
Repeat steps 6 and 7, building the spiral a quarter turn at a time,
until the spiral is as large as you desire.
When the spiral is big enough, hold the end of the wire with the
chain nose pliers and bend the wire 90 ° to finish the spiral.
For projects that use spirals, see our wire work projects page.
To see how much wire to leave for a particular spiral size, see our
spiral sizing charts.