Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV! (ECT TV)
Today I’ll show you how to make this lovely beaded circle pendant.
The pendant is great with the bead dangle hanging as shown, or alternatively try it without for just a simple circle pendant.
Here’s today’s video episode:
Links mentioned in the show:
See the inspiration that gave me the idea for the pendant (and the inspiration for that piece): Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration
Bead Dangle Tutorial: Watch Episode 45 or check out the photos for how to make a bead dangle. That part is at the beginning of the episode. Click here.
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(Note: The instructions are exactly what you see below + photo and written instructions for making a bead dangle that isn’t shown below.)
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
Materials and Tools:
- 20 gauge, half-hard round wire *
- Beads – either approximately 12 4mm beads or a bunch of gemstone chips or any other beads you would like to use. You can use more beads or larger beads as well.
- Focal bead made into a bead dangle (see above for a link to how to make a bead dangle)
- Chain (plus a jump ring) or a cord to wear the pendant (see above for a link to how to make a simple jump ring chain)
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers
*Wire: You can use any metal you like. You may have to adjust the gauge of the wire depending on how large the bore hole is in your beads. For these gemstone chips I had to use 22 gauge wire so the beads would slide on. For the example in the video I used 20 gauge wire.
Cut enough wire to hold all of the beads you intend to use plus at least 3 inches extra.
This may vary if you want to make a larger pendant or use larger beads, but for my 12 4mm beads I used about 10 inches of wire.
Slide your bead dangle onto the wire.
Slide beads on the wire, half on each side of the bead dangle.
Form a circle so the beads look continuous.
Twist the wires one full time.
Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist you just made. Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a loop.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. The loop will probably be off-center. Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop.
Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Then wrap the other wire around three times.
Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.
Use a jump ring to attach to a chain. (Need help opening and closing jump rings? Click here for a video on how to make a jump ring chain and also how to properly open and close jump rings.)
Alternatively, you could twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the beaded circle and simply slide a cord or chain through it.
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