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Open Swirl Drop Earrings

(registration instructions below)

Master the art of forming an open swirl!  In this class you will learn the physics behind forming an open swirl so you can eventually craft 2 that match.  I will break down the angles and methods of applying pressure to achieve specific results when curving the wire.  Although this project can be tackled by an individual with little experience with wire-working, the more advanced student will benefit in the art of refining their technique.  I will also be sharing my tricks to achieve this great patina using liver of sulfur to create a great contrasting backdrop for your dangle.  Use the techniques shown in this class on a wide array of future projects to bring them to a new level of refinement.

Discipline:  Wire-working

Working with precious/semi-precious wire to form jewelry components.

Level:  Advanced (***)

This project is considered to be advanced because it features matching open spirals.


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $55/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials: ($6 Kit available for sale in class)

  • 5″ of 18ga copper wire
  • 8″ of 20ga copper wire
  • 1 pair niobium earwires
  • (2) copper blanks – horse eye shape

Tools:  (inquire about renting tools if you are not equipped)

  • Jewelry grade file(s) – (needle files are fine for this)
  • Flush cutter
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine point)
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48)
  • Wrap n’ Tap Pliers (Beadsmith #PL46 or Eurotool Equivalent)
  • Pin vise fitted with a 1.7mm cup bur (for 18ga wire)
  • Bur life or other lubricant
  • Ball pein hammer (or other texture hammer – embossing hammer works too)
  • Embossing hammer
  • Steel block and silencing pad
  • Sanding sponges/Slurry-coated Polishing cloths/Polishing pad
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be supplied for your use in class:

  • q-tips/rubbing alcohol
  • forming hammer
  • liver of sulfur
  • Nikolas Lacquer #2105
  • Barkeeper’s Friend/ old toothbrush
  • Spray box

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.