Wire can be wrapped around a mandrel or other core to make a coil, which may be decorative, functional, or both. Wire-coiling tools like the Coiling Gizmo make the job fast and easy, but for small jobs or when you’re coiling directly onto a wire that you’ll use in your project, you can do it by hand.
To make a coil, hold the coiling wire perpendicular to the core wire or mandrel. Wrap the wire around the core until the coil is the desired length. Keep the wraps close to each other to prevent gaps in the coil. If you have gaps between your coils, you can use needle-nose pliers to squeeze the coils together.