This is a fun and unique pendant to make and wear. Make sure to check out ideas to customize it at the end.
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This makes a great pendant or make 2 and use them as earrings, just make sure to use a lightweight wire if you’re going to make earrings.
I used a lightweight aluminum 24 gauge wire, but any 22 gauge to 24 gauge wire in any metal would work just fine, too.
Since I originally wrote this tutorial I’ve made a video tutorial, ECT TV Episode 29 (Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV)
Materials and Tools:
- 22 to 24 gauge half-hard, round wire. (You can experiment with the metal and gauge)
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Ring mandrel (A big highlighter or other cylindrical object that is as big as you would like your pendant will work well, too!)
Leave the wire on the spool and work from the loose end. Start wrapping around the ring mandrel or whatever cylindrical object you are using. Keep wrapping until you like the size.
Finish wrapping where you started. Leave a long tail of wire and cut off the roll.
Start wrapping around the top, making sure to catch the other loose end of wire in your wraps.
Wrap around several times until the top is secure.
Grasp the loose wire near the pendant with round nose pliers just above the wraps you just made.
Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers and under. Wrap around the wire one time. Then remove your pliers.
Grasp the loop in chain nose pliers. (See how off-center this loop is – straighten this out or try to keep it straight to begin with. I’ll show you another trick to get it more in line in the next step, too.)
Wrap through the pendant, then around the loop and continue until the loop is stable. Pull the loop into place while you are doing this.
Finish wrapping by wrapping around the loop.
Cut off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.
What to do with your wire wrapped circle pendant:
- Now you can add to a chain or cord.
- You could make 2 and add earring wires.
- Try adding small beads randomly to the wire. (See tutorial here)
- Add bead dangles or charms to the pendant. (See tutorial here)