Using Jewelry Tutorials as Creative Inspiration:
I share jewelry tutorials and techniques so that my you, my readers and viewers, can learn to make jewelry to express your creativity. So you can most definitely follow my tutorial exactly with the exact materials and supplies I use, but I encourage you to experiment and try different things.
The centerpiece for this tutorial are the gorgeous turquoise nuggets. I love turquoise and I love these nuggets a lot. Maybe you don’t, though. Try some different beads. Or maybe you love the turquoise, but you don’t love what I did with it. Then get yourself the turquoise and do something different with it.
Maybe you don’t like the pendant, but like the spiral. Use that technique on something different then.
Use the inspiration from the tutorials I share as a jumping off point to express your own creativity!
- Natural Turquoise Nugget Beads 12-16mm – 4; From Happy Mango Beads
- 18 gauge copper wire
- 20 gauge copper wire
- 4 copper jump rings
- Ring mandrel, broom handle or any other item that you have around the house to form a circle.
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- A second pair of pliers – I used bent nose pliers.
Cut a piece of 20 gauge wire about 3 inches long.
Step #3 Twist your wrist away from you to form a loop. Twist your wrist as far as you can then carefully release the wire and reposition the pliers, keeping the wire on the same part of the pliers and twist again. Step #4 Hold the loop with chain nose pliers and bend the wire around the loop using your hand. Keep moving the loop in the pliers as you go around.
Step #7 Repeat this 4 times to make 4 headpins.
Step #12 Continue wrapping in the same direction to finish the wrap. Clip off any excess wire if necessary. Repeat for all 4 of the turquoise nuggets. (Note: If you just add earring wires, these would make beautiful, simple earrings.)
Step #23 Slide the pendant on your favorite chain or cord and enjoy! I put mine on a satin cord. I love the look of the copper with the turquoise nuggets, but silver wire would be just as beautiful. Definitely go check out Happy Mango Beads for a very unique selection of beads! (Want some matching earrings?! Click here!)
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