Gemstone Nugget Pendant

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Make this quick and simple pendant, add it to a cord or chain and you have a beautiful necklace.

I like to make my chain long for an easy, flowing look.  You can use a shorter chain to really show off the pendant more.

You may remember this technique from the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial that I shared previously.  If you’re looking for more of a challenge or a bigger project, check that out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

If you use the same gemstone nuggets I linked to above, you will need about 10 inches.  The length will vary if you use a different size than I did.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Simply slide this onto a cord or chain of your choice and you have a necklace!

Hint:  Use your chain nose pliers to position the loop on top so that the pendant hangs correctly on the the chain or cord.

Alternatively, you could use a jump ring to attach the pendant to a chain, which is what I did.  You can either attach a jump ring and slide the jump ring over the chain or attach it with the jump ring to a link in the chain.

Have fun and be creative!

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How to Make a Hammered Circle Pendant

Hammered Circle Pendant TutorialI love wire and I especially love hammering the heck out of it to make this cool look (and to get out any frustrations you may have!)

I got this strand of Rainbow Fluorite Round Beads 7-8mm  from Happy Mango Beads and the gems are variations of some of my favorite colors, so I have been using them as much as possible.  And since I’m only using a few beads for each project, they really stretch.

So far I showed you this bracelet with them:

How to Make a BraceletAnd today I’ll show you a pendant.  (And tomorrow look for matching earrings!)

How to Make a Hammered Circle PendantMaterials and Tools:

  • 18 gauge wire
  • 3 headpins
  • 3 beads.  I used Rainbow Fluorite Round Beads 7-8mm from Happy Mango Beads.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or something like a big, thick highlighter.
  • Hammer and steel block or anvil.

Step #1

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantCut a piece of the 18 gauge wire to approximately 6 inches long.

Step #2

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantHow to make a hammered wire circle pendantHow to make a hammered wire circle pendantWrap the wire around the big end of the ring mandrel, or use something cylindrical you have on hand.

Twist the wire around.

Step #3

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantGrasp one end with the round nose pliers.

Step #4

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantHow to make a hammered wire circle pendantWrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers toward you and then between the pliers and the loop.

Step #5

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantHold the loop you made with chain nose pliers and then continue wrapping the wire around.

Then wrap the other wire around.  Cut off any excess wire.

How to make a hammered wire circle pendant

Step #6

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantHammer the circle you made.  I like the marks on the wire, so I just hammered until I liked it.  You can actually use any hammer for this.

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantStep #7

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantMake 3 bead dangles with the Rainbow Fluorite.

(If you need help making dangles, watch my video How to Make a Bead Dangle)

Step #8

How to make a hammered wire circle pendantOpen 3 jump rings.

(If you need help opening jump rings, see my video How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings)

Step #9

How to Make a Hammered Circle PendantAdd the bead dangles to the circle using the jump rings.

How to Make a Hammered Circle PendantJust add to any chain and you’ve got a great pendant!

To Customize This Pendant:

  • Make it bigger.
  • Make it smaller.
  • Add more beads.
  • Use less beads.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the matching earrings!


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