Spiral chains

The spiral is probably the most characteristic and distinctive symbol of the Celtic style. In this chapter, you will learn how to create spiral units to form beautiful, hand-made chains that reflect the timeless, swirling patterns of the ancient craftsmen. Experiment with using other gauges and types of wire than those suggested here; you will be surprised at how different the results can look!

Celtic Spirals Chain Necklace

The spiral is perhaps the most identifiable sliape of Celtic culture and this chain is the epitome of Celtic style. The Irish Celts used the spiral as a symbol of their sun. A loosely wound spiral, as in this design, meant a big sun and was the symbol for "summer." while a tightly wound spiral, as in the Double Spiral Necklace on page 62, stood for "winter." Make this chain in a classic gold-and-silver combination or, for a summery, contemporary look, use a blend of colored wires.

open spiral bracelet

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The open spirals of gold and silver wire are interspersed with colored beads to produce a necklace that can be linked at vaiying heights between the spirals.

You will need 20-gauge gold and silver wire Round- and Hal-nose pte'S Wire cutlers

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1 . Cut four 4-in. lengths of 20-gouge gold wire ond three of silver. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, curl o smoll loop ot one end of each piece of wire. Holding this loop tightly in your flat-nose pliers, form the wire into an open spiral (see page 15).

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2,. When you have about 2 in. of wire left, place your round-nose pliers on the wire and curl it around in the opposite direction to the spirol to form a small loop.

). Hold the small loop in your flat-nose pliers and pull the extending wire around the outside of the open spiral.

). Hold the small loop in your flat-nose pliers and pull the extending wire around the outside of the open spiral.

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4*. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, curl the end of the extending wire back on itself to form a second loop on the opposite side.

0. Hammer each spiral to flatten and work-harden it (see page 21).

(). Make seven silver jump rings (see page 16), and link the spirals together, alternating gold and silver units. To complete the bracelet, make a spiral clasp (see poge 18).

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