Beaded Cross Pendant





Introduction: Beaded Cross Pendant

This tutorial teaches you how to make a beaded cross on a simply shaped foundation.

• 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

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

1” above the bottom, bend one of the wires outward at a 90º angle.

Step 3:

Repeat step 2 on the second wire.

Step 4:

½” from center, bend the wire on the left hand side in the same manner as the first bend from step 1.

Step 5:

Bend the wire upwards again at a 90º angle, even with the lower section of wire near the center.

Step 6:

Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the right side.

Step 7:

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.

Step 8:

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.

Step 9:

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.

Step 10:

Slip one bead onto the wire and wrap it onto the cross frame. Wrap the frame 4 more times.

If you need help getting the bead to lay flat against the frame, see my Basic Weaving 3 tutorial:
Even though it is written specifically for adding beads to a weave, it works pretty much the same way for just wrapping the beads on as well.

Step 11:

Continue adding beads, wrapping 4 times between each one, until you reach the center of the cross.

Step 12:

Wrap the wire 2-3 times around the part of the frame on the left side between the bottom and left section of the cross.

Step 13:

Bring the wire along the back side of the left section and wrap 3 times on the end of the left side of the cross.

Step 14:

Wrap the wire around the end of the left side of the cross 4 times.

Step 15:

Add beads to the left section in the same manner as the bottom section.

Step 16:

Bring the wire around the back of the cross and wrap it 2-3 times around the frame between the bottom and right hand section of the cross.

Step 17:

Bring the wire along the back side of the right section and wrap 3 times on the end of the right side of the cross.

Step 18:

Add beads to the right section in the same manner as the left and bottom sections.

Step 19:

Slip a bead onto the wire and wrap it onto the center of the cross diagonally across the front.

Step 20:

Wrap the wire around the bottom of the top section of the cross 4 times.

Step 21:

Add beads in the same manner as before to the top section of the cross.

Step 22:

Continue wrapping wire around the top of the wires until you have a section that is ¾” long, starting at the top of the last bead.

Step 23:

Separate the wires above the wrap just barely enough to slip the 28g wire between them. Wrap the 28g wire around one of the top wires 4-5 times. Cut the wire and press it against the 16g wire.

Step 24:

Cut the wires just above the end of the wrapping from the previous step. File the ends smooth.

Step 25:

Bend the top of the cross towards the front at a 90º angle just above the top bead.

Step 26:

Using your bail making pliers, mandrel, or other round object the right size, shape the wires into a half circle.

Step 27:

Using your flat nose pliers, bend the wires in the back down to meet the bottom of the bail.

It may seem like this type of bail would be a little bit unstable, but the 16g wire is thick enough and strong enough to keep it together.

Step 28:

There may be some beads that seem a little bit crooked at this point. Adjust them so that everything looks right.

Step 29: Examples

Step 30:

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    This is beautiful; Thank you for sharing this design. I have been looking for something to make for my daughter for Christmas and if you don't mind I would like to make this for her. Thanks again for sharing.

    I saw a friend with a cross like this and tried to replicate it in copper house wiring 16 gauge with 28 or 31 gauge craft wire to hold the beads (Cheap glass beads from Walmarx from R.O.C.) but seeing UR 'ible shows the error of my ways! My bead wire wraps are VERY chunky as I didn't use the same wire layout & went 3 or 4 beads above the arms. I thought I'd be able to sell items seeing how fond folks are of jewelry, but I've not made a dime even though some folks like what I make. I'll subscribe to you & use UR kickback link if things change. Many folks are only interested in precious metals, but I feel then it's not about ideals of folks like "The Craftsman Movement" to value items handmade & invested by the maker vs. it's scrap value. I could be over-thinking it though! : )