This tutorial is for a pair of swirl earrings. This is my first tutorial-it's free, please come back to share your results. Feel free to ask all the questions you like,I will be glad to help you.
This is a photo of the tools  used in this tutorial. Yellow-smooth jaw needle nose pliers,Green-flush cutters, Pink-round nose pliers. Plastic ruler and  1/2" mandrel.
Material list: 
(26"copper wire) 2- 13" pieces 20 gauge, dead soft copper wire,
Plastic ruler
1/2"mandrel-for coiling
Smooth jaw needle nose pliers
Flush cutter
Round nose pliers
Pair of ear wires

You are going to need to do both earrings at the same time.Doing both at the same time makes it much easier to get a matched pair. Follow each step twice, every time. You will be performing each step on both earrings before moving to the next step. Are we together? Good, let's get started:)
1. This is how you start your coil. Hold your finger on the end of the wire as you roll the mandrel. Grab the long end and wrap from the bottom over the top.
Here is the half finished coil.
2. Here is the finished coil. Remove from the mandrel by gently sliding it off the end. Remember,do both earrings before moving to the next step!
3.Now gently mash to the left, form a flat coil.Do both coils.
4. Grasp each side and slowly start bending upward to form a circle shape.Go slowly and shape as you go(do them both)
5. Above photo is what they will look like before you close the loop.
6. Lay them down in front of you . Pick up the smooth jaw pliers,grasp the loose end of the wire on the right-hand side,you will  bend the wire in a circle,then loop under the other side. (Do both!) See photo below.
7.This is a great view to show you exactly what you will be doing, simply curl it up and around,I wrapped it 2 times.Pick up your flush cutters & carefully trim. Take your smooth jawed pliers and flatten the wire down so it is smooth.(do both!) 
Sorry if I am a nag,it's experience speaking.Please go to next photo:) .
8.Take your round nose pliers as shown in the photo above and start bending the loose end of the left hand side up.
9.This will form a loop,you must leave an open loop. Bend the end up enough to curl it over the top and wrap around once. Any extra wire is clipped off with your flush cutters. Take your smooth jawed pliers and flatten the wire down to make it smooth. You should have a small loop hanging down in the center,of both circles.In the photo below you can see how the finished loop will look.
10.Pick up your smooth jawed pliers,grasp the whole loop and fold it up,as shown in the photo above. 


 11. Go ahead and attach the ear wires.
This is a very easy technique to learn,after you master this one try adding beads,use a different kind of wire , use a smaller mandrel ,try hammering them for a different effect, make them your own unique design. Please come back & show me your finished earrings,I would love to post your work on my blog.
I hope this was useful to you.Look for more tutorials from me soon!

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Nancy, these earrings look awesome.  I can't wait to try making them!   Katherine  :)
Thanks Kathrine! I posted it on my Facebook too and Deb Hendricks another friend from here tried it, her's looked super,she used 18 ga. sterling, I did a pair in 20 ga sterling I wore yesterday, I really like the copper though. Good luck! come back and post a photo and I will use it on my blog if that is ok with you?

Katherine said:
Nancy, these earrings look awesome.  I can't wait to try making them!   Katherine  :)

Those earrings do look really cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial, nice job!

Hi Beryl, and welcome to our forum! Thanks for your kind words, I hope you get to try the earrings and post your results. This is my first tutorial and I am anxious for feedback.

Really well done tutorial. Pictures and directions are excellent. I only wish I could get my pictures to look that good. So what do you all think of the tutorials section? I think it's working out fine but I'm happy to hear suggestions.

Great job Nancy!! You may have a future in paid tutorials....

Lois

Hi Lois! thank you so much! I think the quality of my pics is mostly due to my camera. I am familiar with it and that helps. I used to sell on E-bay back in the day:) I learned a lot about photos then,fuzzy photos do not sell things. I hope to do paid tutorials I am putting my website together to launch soon. I took your advice and had Wicked Plum do it, I enjoy working with them. They are super!

 

I think the tut section is very user friendly, I like it!



Nancy Pace said:

Hi Lois! thank you so much! I think the quality of my pics is mostly due to my camera. I am familiar with it and that helps. I used to sell on E-bay back in the day:) I learned a lot about photos then,fuzzy photos do not sell things. I hope to do paid tutorials I am putting my website together to launch soon. I took your advice and had Wicked Plum do it, I enjoy working with them. They are super!

 

I think the tut section is very user friendly, I like it!

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