Picture of How to create cluster earring using wire coils

Hello Maker Buddies,

Many times it happens when you are cleaning you house or room and you find something totally unexpected, it could be some forgotten money, may be some part of your machine or a tool or your cell phone charger. But have you ever found something which became an inspiration for a project? I did and I did it today only.

My room is usually organized but my corner shelves are messy (you know , all sorts of crafty stuff :)), so I decided to clean it and found a spring. Yup... spring while doing so, the one used in many types of tools, bikes etc.

When I was done cleaning I thought to rest for a while. Holding the spring in my hands, I lie down and started playing with it (mostly testing my finger strength to stretch it apart.. LOL).

What attracted me is the way it looked while I was holding it from one end. TaDA.....I knew I could make something interesting. Few days back I made this cluster earrings using buttons which later became inspiration for this project.

Let's see how create cluster earring using wire coils :)

The keyword is 'EASY' :)

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Step 1: What all you need to create cluster earring using wire coils

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You will need:

  1. Some jewelry wire. How much you need depends on the thickness or length of the coil you choose to make.
  2. Flat nose jewelry plier.
  3. Diagonal wire cutter.
  4. Earring findings
  5. Some jump rings
  6. A hard object or metal rod for making coils, choose the one which suits the thickness of the coil you want to use.

All right lets play some coils :)

Step 2: Make large coil using the wire

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We will create several small spring shaped beads using the coil, thats why we have to create a long coil first.

Start wrapping wire around the metal rod and make a long coil.

Take a guess of how many coil beads a single coil will yield.

I used my finger thickness to make a rough guess on how many beads I can create using a single coil.

daisydaisysourcream made it!8 months ago

This was a great idea, thank you so much! I actually had a bunch of pre-made wire coils that I was no longer using for cord closure, so this was a great way to repurpose them.

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This is awesome :). Thank you so much for sharing :)

Or you could go to Harbor freight and by 200 mini springs for 3$

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  daxxvondrachen9 months ago

Indeed you can but IMHO weight can be problem (I'm really not sure about kind of metal). These coils are very light weight because jewelry wires are usually light weight.

Thank you for stopping by.

shazni10 months ago

lovely :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni10 months ago

Thank you Shazni :)

Beautiful!! I think it would also look great if you filled a bracelet with wire coils :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  emilyvanleemput10 months ago

Thank you so much Emily :), Bracelet sounds like a great Idea :)

What diameter were your coils? Or the metal rod :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  emilyvanleemput10 months ago

I'm not sure of diameter but I guess the rod is 3mm thick.

And what gauge wire did you use?

Careful analysis of the picture seems to suggest the wire depicted is 0.8mm in diameter. To be any more accurate than that I would need a sample of the actual wire to measure with instruments.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  emilyvanleemput10 months ago

Oh.. sadly I don't know that because the store I bought from sell it in bunches, without any technical info about them. But I think it is one of the common size, its not thin like you can pass a seed bead through it and also not very thick. I think the wire which you had used to make my heartbeat necklace should work.

pfred210 months ago

I have an Allen key set that looks like your earrings if I pull all of the Allen keys out of it.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  pfred210 months ago

Wow...must be one great Allen key set :)

Bhawya10 months ago

Lovely piece.. Nice ible :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Bhawya10 months ago

Thank you so much Bhawya :)

sunshiine10 months ago

Tarun, you were supposed to have posted this yesterday! I was out and about looking for some nuts and bolts and such and I would have picked up a few of these had I seen this instructable! Very clever work. Thanks for sharing and do have a great weekend!


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sunshiine10 months ago

Ahhh...Dang... the stupid spring was not ready to catch my eyes a day before ...LOL

Thank you so much sunshiine :), you have a great weekend too :)

Smile :)

Passion Make10 months ago

This is so cool :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Passion Make10 months ago

Thank you so much Passion :D

lindarose9210 months ago

So clever and beautiful at the same time! Great job Tarun! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose9210 months ago

Thank you so much Linda :)

HollyMann10 months ago

How Awesome Tarun! :) Very cool earrings!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  HollyMann10 months ago

Thank you so much Holly :)