How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with BeadsEver since I made the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant, I have been thinking about it with beads.

This pendant provides so much opportunity for creativity!  You can use whatever beads you like and arrange them in whatever why you like.  I used gemstone chips, which look very cool, but cheerfully colored seed beads would work great, too, or really any beads you would like.

I used my ring mandrel to make the circle, but you can use anything you can find around the house – a broom handle, a highlighter, a thick marker, etc.

I also want to make this pendant much larger and I was thinking about wrapping around a tin can to make a larger circle.

Let’s get started!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire.  (You can try other gauges, but I found that this gauge works perfectly for this project.)
  • 25-30 gemstone chip beads, or you can try any beads, really
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers
  • Optional:  Bent nose pliers

How to Make this Pendant:

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Cut off about 2 1/2 – 3 feet of 24 gauge wire

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Slide 25 – 30 beads on the wire (you can always remove some or add some later if necessary.

HINT:  I just bent the wire on the end to hold all the beads on while I worked.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Start at the end with no beads and start to wrap the wire around your ring mandrel, highlighter, etc.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you are wrapping, pull beads up  into each loop as you go.  I wrapped around 6 times and had 4 – 5 beads on each loop.  The placement of the beads on the loop doesn’t really matter right now, but just make sure that you somewhat evenly space the beads on each wrap.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Carefully pull the wire off, trying to keep the wire in its shape.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

The end that you started wrapping with bend up slightly so you can easily see it.  Then with the long end of the wire, wrap around the circles a few times.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Pull up a couple of beads and continue to wrap around the circle.  Continue to pull up a couple beads and wrapping all the way around the circle.  Try to make your bead placement somewhat evenly dispersed.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

HINT:  While I was wrapping around the circle, some of my wraps got a little weird.  I just took my pliers and sort of pushed them in.

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

HINT:  The the circle loses it’s shape at any point, just put it back on the ring mandrel to get the right shape again.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Grasp the wire with round nose pliers close to the circles.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Bent the wire over the round nose pliers towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Then go around the wire once.  Try to get the loop centered over the pendant, but if it’s not, you can fix it in the next step.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Take the wire off your pliers.  Use your round nose pliers to straighten out the circle if necessary.

Step #12

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Hold the loop between your chain nose or flat nose pliers.  (Or ideally, nylon covered pliers).

Continue wrapping around the wire in the same direction as you started, holding the end of your wire with bent nose or other pliers you’re comfortable with.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you can see, my beads are not perfectly even, but I still love my pendant!  I want to make them to match each of my outfits!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

I slide mine on a satin cord.  You could also place it on a chain or other cord.

These would make amazing earrings, too!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Please comment below if you tried this!  Better yet, take a photo and give us a link to it!

If you’re just getting started and you’re looking for beginner wire wrapping tutorials, check out my eBook (and now print book, too!!) Wire Wrapping For Beginners.  Click here to get more information.

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