Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

I am fascinated by these beautiful baule bead pendants.  Historically, they were used to measure gold on the Ivory Coast.  I’ve used it to make a beautiful statement necklace.

You can find a variety of these baule bead pendants for sale at The Bead Chest, as well as some smaller ones if you prefer.

In fact, I found all the beads for this project on www.thebeadchest.com.

Video Tutorial:

(Step-by-step photo instructions are below, including links to the exact materials I used to make the necklace.)

Running time:  20:26

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Materials and Tools:

Step #1

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

The first thing we’ll do is make the pendant.  I’m using the baule bead pendant plus one of the java beads on the bottom.

Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire a few inches longer than the pendant and bead on each side.

Step #2

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Approximately 1 1/2 inches from one end, bend the wire.

Pinch down the end.  (Hint:  Use a crimp tool to do this if you have one to make it a little easier.  If not, use your chain nose pliers.)

Step #3

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Leave a bit at the end and bend the shorter wire up.

Then wrap the wire around the end creating a “knot.”  You’re not actually making a knot.  Just wrap the wire around to give it the look of a knot.  I like to make the wraps messy, but you could make them neat if you prefer.

Step #4

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Pull the wire through the beads.

Step #5

Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the baule bead in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Note:  I found it easier to rest the bead on my worktable because of the weight of the bead.

Step #6

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Hold the loop you just made in chain nose pliers.  Wrap around once while straightening out the bead so the loop is centered above the bead.

Then wrap around 2 more times.

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Now you have a pendant to use in your necklace.

Step #7

Cut about 4 times the amount of cord that you want your finished necklace to be.  For example, if you would like a 20 inch necklace, cut about 80 inches.  I cut some extra as well.

I used the brown cord.

Step #8

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Place the pendant on the cord and find the middle of the cord.  We’ll work from the middle out.

Slide a bead onto the cord.

Step #9

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Make an overhand knot, but don’t pull it tightly yet.

In this case, I decided to use triple knots in between the beads.  To do so, pull the cord back through 2 more times before pulling it tightly.

In the video I mentioned that I started making quadruple knots.  As you make each knot, check to see if the bead slides over the knot.  I also just made a second overhead knot over top of the first knot to add a little more bulk before I started making the quadruple knots.  You have to make sure that you pull the second knot on top of the first knot because otherwise it will just be next to the first knot and not helpful.  (See the video if this seems confusing.)

Step #10

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Put the awl in the middle of the knot and pull the knot.  Then use the awl to pull the knot flush with the bead.

Pull the knot tightly as you’re removing the awl while also using your fingernail to pull the knot tightly.

For the first knot it’s a little easier because you can just adjust the bead and pendant to the knot, but after that you’ll have to be sure to get the knot tightly against the bead.

Step #11

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Continue adding beads and knots working from the middle out until your necklace is the desired length.

Step #12

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Trim the ends of the cord so they’re even, leaving enough room to make a bow and tie the necklace.

I prefer this necklace simply tied, but if you prefer you can use fold over crimp ends and a clasp to end your necklace.

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

This post was sponsored by The Bead Chest.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial [Video]

Wire Wrapped loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I love the wire wrapped loop chain.  I think it looks so dainty and pretty with a little touch of edginess.  It’s sturdy for all of your chain needs.

So today I have another variation, the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain and Bead Bracelet.  We’ll interconnect wire wrapped bead links with the links from the chain and make a lovely bracelet.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I like wearing my bracelets stacked, a bunch of favorites on my wrist.  Today’s bracelet and last week’s wire wrapped chain loop bracelet go together really well.  You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials here on my blog for inspiration.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Here’s today’s video tutorial:


I hope you found it inspiring!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you love working with wire and want a comprehensive course with wire findings and components + recipes for jewelry pieces that you can put together in endless ways, you would love Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Check it out here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Tutorial

I have been using this chain in most of my jewelry since first coming up with it several months ago.

I use it in anything that I want or need a chain in.  (This wire wrapped bead link necklace or this long wire wrapped pendant necklace, for example.)

I also wear a plain chain necklace with this wire wrapped loop chain almost daily.  Sometimes just by itself, sometimes layered.

I needed to make a simple bracelet to wear as well, so I’m sharing that tutorial here today.

Simple and sweet on its own or great when stacked with other bracelets, you’ll love this chain.

wire wrapped loop chain bracelet

Learn how to make it here:

Want to dive deep into wire wrapped jewelry?

Check out my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Wire Types and Uses for Jewelry Making [Video & PDF]

Wire Types & Uses

Learn about wire types and uses in this video and PDF worksheet below.

Video:

Gauge

Gauge is the thickness of wire. Remember: the higher the number, the thinner the wire.

You’ll see gauge often notated with “ga” after the number, i.e. 18 ga.

Wire gauge

Wire Shapes

Wire Shape

Wire Hardness

You can find wire in the following hardness:
• Dead soft
• Half-hard
• Hard

Most of the time I suggest half-hard for my tutorials and in my eCourses for wire wrapping.

If you’re using sterling silver and some other types of wire, you will find a hardness notated. However, for a lot of craft wires or artist wires you will not. I use Parawire, which is silver plated wire, and there is not a hardness indicated. Often these wires are very similar to half-hard wire.

Memory Wire

Memory wire is great for bangles or loops; however, it is not for wire wrapping. Also you’ll need heavy duty wire cutters to cut memory wire.

What I use the most:

For most everything I make and teach I use 20 gauge, half-hard round wire. For clasps I’ll use 18 or even 16 gauge wire. Occasionally I’ll use 22 or 24 gauge for wrapping onto a structural piece or with beads with smaller holes.

Get a PDF eBook with this information right here:  Wire Types and Uses Worksheet

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Now that you know wire types and uses, why not put them to use?

Take my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse and learn how to make jewelry components like headpins, jump rings, chain and clasps and then get the “recipes” to put together the components to make earrings, bracelets, charm bracelets, necklaces and wire wrapped rings!

Learn more and sign up here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Tutorial

Use techniques you’ve learned previously together to form this elegant necklace.

As always, you can customize this necklace in many ways or use the techniques in different ways to create your own personal style and creative expression.

Video Tutorial:


Links mentioned in the video:

Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse  

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Tutorial (tutorial you need to get started with this necklace)

2 Ways to Crimp

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Learn to make beautiful, sturdy, professional wire wrapped jewelry!

I show you how, step-by-step, in the Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Learn all the components and techniques you need to make earrings, bracelet, charm bracelets, necklaces and rings!

Plus be inspired to express your own creativity, going beyond just following step-by-step tutorials, but infusing your own style into the jewelry pieces you create.

In this eCourse you’ll learn:

– How to make your own headpins (including: simple headpins, eye pins, paddle headpins, open spiral headpins, closed spiral headpins and knotted headpins.)

– How to make your own clasps (including: hook clasp, S clasp and toggle clasp.)

– Other jewelry components:

  • Bead dangle
  • Wire wrapped bead link
  • Wire wrapping side drilled beads
  • Spiral charm
  • Knotted link
  • Wire wrapped bead ring
  • Earring wire
  • Jump rings (how to make them and how to properly open and close them)
  • Chain (I teach you how to make a figure eight chain! So satisfying!)

After you know how to make all of those components (the “ingredients”), I give you the recipes to put together beautiful wire wrapped jewelry, such as Earrings, Bracelets, Charm Bracelets, Necklaces and Wire Wrapped Rings.

Learn more, find out if it’s a good fit for you and sign up (and get started immediately!) here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners.