• 7" of 16 gauge wire (dead soft or half hard)
• Approximately 5’ 28 gauge dead soft wire
• 12-14 4mm beads
• Wire Cutters
• Flat Nose Pliers
• Needle File or Wire Rounder
• Bail Making Pliers, Mandrel, or other round object approximately 3/16" in diameter
• Chasing Hammer
• Bench Block or other suitable metal surface
Bend the 7” piece of 16g wire in half. Use your flat nose pliers to press the wire together on each side of the bend. Make sure to leave just enough room for the 28g wire to fit through.
Bend the wire upwards again at a 90º angle, even with the lower section of wire near the center.
Hammer the frame you just created to harden the wire. Be careful not to hammer too hard, as it will flatten the wire.
Only hammer up to ½” above the center of the cross.
Wrap the 28g wire onto the bottom of the frame 3 times. You may have to separate the sides of the cross just a little bit to get the wire in there.
Leave the tail of the wire about ½” long and let it lay against the back side of the cross.
Press the sides of the cross together again and wrap with the 28g wire 4 times. As you wrap the wire, make sure to cover the tail from the previous step.