This month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day. I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!
Today is Day 18 and the project is Beaded Necklace with Pendant
In the book I specifically show you how to use an upcycled chandelier pendant in a beaded necklace, but you can easily use a bead dangle in the same way. I also made my own spiral head pin to create the bead dangle.
The Beaded Necklace with Upcycled Chandelier Pendant, and all the other skills you need to make this necklace are in my book, Wire Wrapping for Beginners.
This fun pendant is another variety the wire wrapped circle pendant that I have already shown you 2 versions of. I love working with wire, and this tutorial will teach you some basic skills you’ll need to get started.
Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:
Materials and Tools:
24 gauge wire, about 2 1/2 feet
20 gauge wire, a short piece
Beads. I used 4 smaller beads and one larger bead
Headpins, 1 for each of the dangle beads
A jump ring
Round nose pliers
2 pairs of pliers, I used bent nose and needle nose
Something to wrap around – I used a ring mandrel, but you could use a highlighter or big marker or anything that’s the size you want your pendant to be.
Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.
Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.
Carefully remove the wire from the mandrel, holding the loops together so they don’t lose their shape.
On the end of the wire that is part of the loop (not the long end of the wire), I like to bent up so it’s easy to find. Then wrap the long end of the wire around the loop wire, making sure to capture the other end in the wire.
Wrap around several times until it’s secure and you like how it looks.
Clip off the short end you bent up.
If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.
Grasp the wire between the barrels of round nose pliers close to the circle. Wrap the wire toward you, around the barrel of the round nose plier, between the pliers and the pendant.
This will – no doubt – create a crooked loop on the top of your pendant. Use pliers to straighten out the loop so it’s centered on the top of the pendant.
Hold the loop you just made with pliers and continue wrapping the wire around the loop in the same direction that you started with your first loop.
Trim off any excess wire.
Now we’re going to make the bead link for the focal bead of this piece. Cut off a piece of 20 gauge wire. (How long depends upon your bead size.)
Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, just like you did for the pendant. Hold the wire in round nose pliers.
Bend the wire towards you.
Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.
Take the wire off the pliers. Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.
Hold the loop in pliers. Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.
Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.
Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side. Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.
Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.
Slide a bead onto a headpin.
Begin to make a wire wrapped loop. Wrap the head pin around the pliers and between the bead and pliers.
Do not complete a wrap!
Make sure your loop is straight. Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.
Then complete the wrap exactly as before.
I made 4 dangles for my pendant.
Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.
Put your pendant on your favorite chain or cord and it’s done!
I hope you like this tutorial! Please leave any questions or comments below, or link to a photo of your creation!