FREE Wire Work Necklace Tutorial featuring CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements

Wire Work Necklace with Turquoise AB Crystal Rounds

Wire Work Necklace with Turquoise AB Crystal Rounds

Project: Helix Rhapsody

Create Shiney Company’s wirework necklace using 1mm and 0.8mm silver plated wire combined with CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.

Free-form wire shapes and some crazy coiling, make up this contemporary design. Once you master the art of making the open flat coils you’ll find this necklace quick and easy to make. Why not adapt this style varying the length and trying a different coloured wire. We have opted for Ice Blue 0.71mm for our coil and Erinite Xilion/Bicone beads as connectors in our alternative design. The bracelet simply focuses on the wire and looks great with a toggle clasp. Express your creativity and come up with some wire shapes in your own style. When you are confident with the technique, try it in Sterling Silver for a fine piece of jewellery. This project makes a 26” or 66cms length necklace.


Tools and Materials required…

Snipe Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Flush Cutters
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Coiling Gizmo
1mm Silver Plated Wire
0.8mm Silver Plated Wire
48 x 8.8mm Silver Plated Jump Rings
12 x Turquoise AB 10mm CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements Rounds Article 5000

Tips from the designers

  • Find it hard to slide the coil off the spindle? Unwrap the first few coils and turn the spindle as you pull – it comes off easier!
  • To reduce sharp wire on coils, tuck the ends in the round nose pliers.
  • Practise on Silver Plated and then make it in Sterling Silver for a fine piece of jewellery.
  • When using a toggle clasp, use a small jump ring to attach the toggle bar so that it fits easily through the ring
  • Straighten unwanted bends in the wire with nylon jaw pliers

Step 1
Working from a reel of 0.8mm Silver Plated wire and using the smaller spindle on the coiling gizmo, wrap the end of the wire around the handle, to secure. Turn the handle, guiding the wire with the other hand. Create a coil as long as the gizmo allows.

Step 1

Step 1



Step 2
Remove the spindle and unwrap the wire around the handle. Carefully slide the coil off. If it gets stuck, turn the spindle as you pull. Snip from the reel of wire and trim each end with the flush cutters.

Step 2

Step 2



Step 3
Cut a 10cm piece of 1mm wire and 1cm section of your coil. Slide the coil onto the 1mm wire and at each end make a flat open coil in opposite directions using the round nose pliers.

Step 3

Step 3



Step 4
Cut a 15cm piece of 1mm wire and a 2cm section of coil. Make a flat open coil at one end so there is 10cms remaining. Thread on the coil and make a ‘V’ shape in the wire at the base with the round nose pliers.

Step 4

Step 4



Step 5
Grip the end of the 1mm wire and bend back down towards the base of the ‘V’ to form the heart shape. Trim so there is 1cm protruding and turn a loop at least 5mm diameter. All loops should be this size, in order to get two jump rings through.

Step 5

Step 5



Step 6
Cut a 10cm piece of 1mm wire and 2cm section of coil. Thread the coil onto the middle of the wire. Bend the coiled section with your fingers and make a ‘U’ shape.

Step 6

Step 6



Step 7
Grip the 1mm wire where the coiled section ends, 2/3rd of the way along your round nose pliers and make another ‘U’ shape on each side.  Pinch the bottom together. Trim the ends of the 1mm wire so they line up with the top of the coiled ‘U’ shape and turn a loop on each side.

Step 7

Step 7



Step 8
Cut a 12cm piece of 1mm wire and a 2cm section of coil. Turn a loop at one end. Thread on the coil and shape to form a gentle curve with your fingers.

Step 8

Step 8



Step 9
Grip the 1mm wire where the coil ends with the round nose pliers and take the wire around the pliers, changing your grip as you turn to make another loop.

Step 9

Step 9



Step 10
Make a flat open coil with the remainder of the wire, so that it sits in the curve. For a 66cm/26” over the head necklace, make 3 links of each style.

Step 10

Step 10


Step 11
With 0.8mm wire, make a wrapped loop on each end of 12 x 10mm Turqouise AB round crystals.
Step 11


Step 12

Connect a link to a crystal link with 2 x 8.8mm jump rings and alternate between wire links and crystal links. Make sure the flat coils are close enough for you to connect jump rings through two turns of the flat coil, this makes the links more secure.

Step 12

Step 12


SHOPPING GUIDE All items from Shiney Company Tel: 0117 300 9800  www.shineyrocks.co.uk. 4.11 – 4.12 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH and 5 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP.

Kits with instructions available for this project £19.95 each.