Learn how to make this simple, but elegant wire circle pendant. Watch the video episode below to get the basic pendant technique as seen in the photo and then read on to get a couple of ideas to customize it!
As I mentioned in the video, you can also make earrings with this same technique. I made a pair in a bit smaller size.
Here’s the tutorial in photographs:
You can use it on a necklace or you can make 2 and make a pair of earrings.
I used a lightweight aluminum 24 gauge wire, but any 22 gauge to 24 gauge wire would work just fine, too.
Try using brass or gold wire, too!
Materials and Tools Needed:
- Wire (see above for gauge) I didn’t measure how much – I just used it off the roll and wrapped until I liked the look.
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers (+another pair of pliers such as bent nose)
- 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 loose end of wire.
Wrap around several times until the top is secure and you like how it looks.
Grasp the loose wire near the pendant with round nose pliers.
Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers and under in between the wrapping and the pliers. Then remove your pliers.
Grasp the loop between the 2 barrels of the 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.)
In the video, I show you how I straighten loops easily.
Wrap around 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 going around the loop.
Cut off the excess wire and tuck in the end.
Then just add a cord or chain and wear it.
Or make 2 matching and add earring wires.
Now that you have the basic idea, here are a couple ways to customize it even more:
Or add bead dangles:
In ECT TV Episode 7, I showed how to make a Wire Circle Ring.
Click here to watch ECT TV Episode 7 to learn how to make a matching ring for your pendant!
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