Tools and Supplies:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers or Plastic coated flat nose pliers
16-gauge copper wire, 44”
24-gauge copper wire, 12’
20-gauge copper wire, 2”; or two 5mm copper jump rings
3mm Mandrel for split ring
Liver of Sulpher (Optional)
Steel wool (optional)
1. Cut and straighten a 20” length of 16 gauge wire.
2. Flatten one end of the 16 gauge wire on a bench block using a hammer.
6. Repeat steps 1 thru 4 to make a second spiral. Compare the spirals to be sure they are the same in size. If one has a longer length of un-spiraled wire than the other, spiral that one a bit more until they are the same.
11. Cut a 5 foot length of 24 gauge wire. On the right hand side of the hinge begin coiling around the 16 gauge wire for 15 coils. It will be easier to coil all the way around the spiral if the wire comes up over the 16 gauge mandrel wire towards the center of the spiral rather than away from it. See picture for example.
14. Continue to wrap 15 coils and than a 16th wrap that includes the inner spiral next to it. When wrapping the outermost spiral it may be difficult to loop the 16th wrap through the coils. Use your thumbnail or a sewing needle to separate the coils. This will make it easier to thread your wire through.
22. Using the round nose pliers grip the wire so that the sharpie mark will end up being the farthest point on the loop. Make a loop having the long wire wrapping around and away from the front of the spiral.
27. Make a split ring by wrapping the 20 gauge copper wire around a 3mm mandrel, or use two 5mm copper jump rings. Flip one of the spirals over and install the jump rings or split ring through both hinges to connect the spirals.
28. Check the loops from the front to see if they need to be adjusted, they should meet in the middle evenly and be the same height. If not use your fingers to bend them closer or farther apart as needed.
29. Check the loops looking down from the top, they should be slightly off center from each other. This slight off center will help the locket to stay closed when hanging from the clasp. Adjust as needed.
30. Make a hook clasp using the last 4 inches of 16 gauge wire and a ¼” mandrel. Slide the hook thru the top locket loops and add chain for a necklace. The hook clasp allows the locket to be opened while be worn, by slipping it out of one spiral loop only.
31. Be creative and embellish the bottom of the locket. I used a 4mm copper bead and a handmade headpin. If you want to oxidize the locket now is the time to do that. I oxidized mine using ‘Silver Black’ and rubbed it with 0000 steel wool afterwards. If you use steel wool, clean the locket thoroughly afterwards under running water and scrub with a soft brush, like a toothbrush. This will remove the steel wool dust that might rust if left on the locket.