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Make Bejeweled Hair Spirals

Updated on June 26, 2010

Easy Hair Jewelry You Can Make

These delicate-looking hair accessories are easy to make! Sprinkle them in upswept hair for weddings, prom, or other special events, or twist in a few above a ponytail for a more casual look. All you need is a bit of wire and a rhinestone, pearl, or flower.

Hair Spiral Overview

These hair spirals are super-easy to make, look pretty, and only require a few minutes of your time to create. I used rhinestones and pearls, but you could put a flower or ribbon on the spiral just as easily. Anyone can do this project!

Hair Spiral Materials

Wire

You want wire sufficiently stiff and sturdy that it will retain its coil (memory). I like 21 or 20 gauge full hard wire for this.

Ornament

A rhinestone, pearl, special bead, silk flower, perhaps a preserved real flower - use you imagination. I like small and sparkly decorations, like a 6-mm rhinestone.

Glue or Solder

If you use a bead with a large hole or a half-drilled bead, you can run the wire through the bead. Otherwise, glue or solder your ornament onto the center of the coil. Also, a dab of nail polish or glue or a melted bead of metal will make the end of the coil smooth and polished.

Pliers

I use a roundnose to start my coil and flatnose or my fingers once it is started. You could use a commercial spiral maker, if available.

Wire Cutters

Preferably flush cutters.

File

To smooth the cut edges of the wire.

Hair Spiral Step 1:

If you are using a bead, simply string it onto your spool of wire, bending the wire sharply around and around the bead. Continue for 1-1/2 or 2 loose turns around the bead. Cut the wire and smooth its end. For a half-drilled bead, such as a pearl, sharply bend the tip of the wire to form a right angle (90 degree), and make a loose coil perpendicular to the tip. Set or glue the half-drilled bead onto the 'spike'. If you are securing a rhinestone, flower, or pearl, make the shape shown in the photo.

You can leave the wire on the spool or cut about 6 inches (~15 cm) and smooth the ends with a file. Grasp the edge of the wire using roundnose pliers and bend the pliers (or wire) around to form a tiny loop.

Hair Spiral Step 2:

Hold the loop in the jaws of your flatnose pliers and wrap the wire around the small loop with your fingers. Continue until you have 1-1/2 or 2 complete turns around the small loop. Keep in mind, you could make other shapes, such as triangles, squares, or abstract-looking ovals.

Hair Spiral Step 3:

Cut the wire. You can adjust the tightness of the spiral using your fingers. Solder or glue your setting onto the small loop in the center of the spiral.

Hair Spiral Step 4:

You may wish to add a bead of glue or heat the end of the spiral to form a small ball. Otherwise, make sure that the end is filed smooth. Hair spirals are very easy to use! Simply set them where you want them and gently twist them into the hair. They look especially charming in groups of three.

Hair Jewelry Video

This wedding jewelry video features some hair spirals and other ornaments. Get ideas and then make them yourself!

Questions or comments about this hair spiral project?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your guide, this is very useful, I have been looking for Hair Spirals for my Bridesmaid, but couldn't find what we want, now all I have to do is to find the right jewels. Thank you again. It will make our special day even more special as these will be individual and handmade.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I absolutely adore this project idea; so simple and so elegant! Also the fact that it's a handmade item says something about the finished result. Thank you for the tutorial!