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 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.

Long Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Today is Part 3 of our 3 part series of necklaces.

In the tutorial you will learn a simple, but unique wire wrapping technique to frame a focal bead for a necklace.

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Video Tutorial:

In case you missed the previous parts of this series:

Pro Wire Wrapping Finishing Tips

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Wire Wrapped Necklaces


Have you been thinking about joining in for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry?

Things you should know:

  • I created it to help you find your creativity (or amp it up!)
  • Each week is designed to take you on a journey starting with a creativity boosting activity (creativity booster.)  Then I teach you jewelry skills techniques.  We finish with actual step-by-step jewelry projects.  It’s set up that way so that as you go through you get what you need – creative inspire, technical skills – and at any point you can create jewelry.  You may come up with your own designs.  You may make the projects in the class exactly as is.  You may put your own spin on any of the projects.
  • You get access to this course forever in the future.  So if you don’t have time right now, you can come back to it later.
  • It’s only available once or twice a year.  So even if you don’t have time right now, if you want to take the course this year I highly recommend getting it and then working on it when you do have time.  (Remember:  you have access to it forever.)
  • The lessons come out each Monday, but you do not have to do them at any specific time.
  • Once you have purchased this course, you always have access to every time I run it without paying anything additional!  (Even when I add and update the content!)
  • Learn more here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry
  • Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • It starts on March 5th – registration will close on that day!

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse

Wire Wrapped Bead Link & Chain Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Tutorial

Today I have the wire wrapped bead link necklace tutorial.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make wire wrapped bead links and also how to interconnect them without jump rings.

This is the second necklace in a series of 3 I’m doing.  You can wear all 3 together for a nice layered look or in any combination or individually.

First, you’ll want to check out the Pro Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips Video.

Next, you’ll need the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain tutorial to complete this necklace (or you could just use pre-made chain if you like.)

And then you’re ready for today’s video:

Next week we’ll do the third and final necklace to complete the look.

Links I mention in the video:

I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Tutorial

I have a fun new jewelry tutorial for you!

Sometimes I’m making a jewelry piece and I need some chain.  And I don’t have any.  This chain is my new go-to solution and now it can be your solution, too!

This is the first part of a 3 part series of necklaces.  We’ll be making 3 separate necklaces.  Each one is a great necklace on its own, but you can also wear them together layered.

Today we’ll make the shortest necklace, which is the plain chain.

Next week we’ll make a necklace with beads.

Finally, we’ll make a long pendant necklace.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Necklace Video Tutorial:

Links I mentioned:

Pro Wire Wrapping Tips Video Tutorial

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings


I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!