Introduction: Swirled Wire Beaded Pendant

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I recently got some new wire, and I couldn't wait to try to make something with it! I had been wanting to make a pendant in this style for quite a while now, but for some reason I never got it to look the way I wanted it to. The closest to a successful wire wrapped pendant I had got so far was this one: beaded heart pendant.

After attempting this pendant, my first result was the one with the red beads, shown in the last step. I absolutely loved the result, and couldn't believe it actually looked the way I wanted it to look! After making that first one, there were some clear points that could have been better, so I included that in the making of this second pendant.

I personally think it turned out really good, I hope you'll like it as well!

Step 1: Materials

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To make a pendant like this, you will need:

- pliers

- two different gauges of wire, mine were 0,8 and 0,4 mm

- beads

- a mandrel or a collection of differently sized round objects

Step 2: Drawing

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Start by sketching the base swirl on the size you want your pendant to be. Make sure your beads can fit between the sides of the swirl.

Step 3: Cutting the Wire

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Cut off a piece of wire of which you are sure it's long enough to bend the basic shape of the pendant. Rember to cut the wire with the flat sides of the cutting pliers to the part you're using, this will give a more finished look and prevent sharp ends.

Step 4: Starting the Shape

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Using the top part of the round nose pliers, start bending. Continue shaping the wire to create the top swirl.

Place the swirl against the widest part of the mandrel and bend the wire around it for about three quarters.

Step 5: Keep on Swirlin'

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Move your swirl up a bit on the mandrel and bend a bit around it before moving it up a bit and bending it again. Once you've reached the top of the mandrel, continue using your round nose pliers.

Step 6: The Finished Swirl

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Once you have finished bending the swirl, you can place it on your sketch and, if needed, make small changes.

Save the leftover part, this can be used to complete step 15.

Step 7: Thin Wire

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Cut off a long piece of your thinner wire.

As you can see, the second picture shows the difference between the thick and the thin wire.

Step 8: Coil

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Insert the thin wire trough the left side of the top swirl, back to front. Coil around the top swirl, down to the base of the pendant. Continue until there is a second wire right next to it.

Step 9: Joining

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When the two wires are next to each other, coil the wire around both wires about four times.

Step 10: Weaving

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After the four coils, start weaving the wire between both sides as shown. Repeat until there is enough distance between both sides to add a bead.

Step 11: The First Beads

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Add the first bead to the wire and coil the wire around the other side of the swirl as shown.

Next, let the wire go underneath the outside of the swirl and coil it around four times. After that, add a second bead and repeat this.

Step 12: Some More

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Repeat this for the other beads.

Step 13: Coiling Again

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After all the beads have been used, coil the remaining wire around the inner part of the swirl. You can coil a small part or go for the entire swirl, that's entirely up to what you prefer : )

Step 14: Cutting the Ends

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Once you're done coiling, cut off the ends and flatten them, to prevent sharp ends from sticking out.

Step 15: The '8'

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For this step, you can use the remaining piece of wire from your base. Bend your wire around the round nose pliers to create a loop, repeat on the other side to create the 8. I used the technique I used in step two here, but instead of continuing you can just finish it. Cut off the remaining wire, straighten the 8 between flat pliers and correct any imperfections.

Step 16: Add It

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To add the 8 to your pendant, simply open up one of the sides, add it and close it again.

Step 17: Necklace Time

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To add it to a necklace, just repeat last step for the upper loop of the 8.

Step 18: Done!

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And that's it! I really hope you liked this instructable, if you did I would love to know : ).


micksmom2 (author)2017-05-23

love it! I've been wanting to make a pendant to use for a necklace, and this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

DreamsaG (author)2016-10-06

can you please email me as well GREAT JOB thank you in advance

esirodney (author)2016-09-14

I really loved these step by step instructions. The enlarged images and details make it very easy to follow and understand. Thank you so very much.

Thank you so much for your reaction!

tototwoblue (author)2016-04-23

This is beautiful, and such clear photos and instructions. Thank you. I'm off to try this myself.

Thank you!

glory1963 (author)2016-02-26

Wow!!! I love it.....reminds me of the beach....

Thank you!!

kiya05 (author)2016-03-09

I love this piece and would love to try to make one but can't download it without going pro which I have to pay every month. I don't want to do this. You offered to email this to someone else, so I'd love it if you could do the same for me. My email is Thanks.

Robertaj55 (author)2016-02-26

Spent the last 30 minutes trying to download tutorial with no luck! Feeling irritated and frustrated! keep getting DIY pro pop up!!! Even downloaded "fromDOCtoPDF" still can't get it !!!

As far as I know the pdf option is indeed only open to pro-users, but I wouldn't mind downloading the file and sending it to you? If you could just share your email (or send it in a PM if you don't want it to be visible publicly) I'll send it right away : )

SherylS5 (author)2016-02-20

very nice I am trying it tonight . thank you. love the use of the cat eye beads gives it a moving water affect

emilyvanleemput (author)SherylS52016-02-21

Thank you so much!

jdbabygirl57 (author)2016-02-18

Thank you ! Looking forward to making one for myself.

Glad you liked it!

CynthiaB43 (author)2016-02-17

Thank you, this is easy to understand and I hope to make my own by following your instructions.

I'd love to hear the way it goes : )

kmbaldin (author)2016-02-20

Gratidão Farei assim que puder.Adorei...

Kayz99 (author)2016-02-13

beautiful! Very clear instructions! Thank you.

emilyvanleemput (author)Kayz992016-02-14


MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-28

It's so pretty! You're wire wrappings skills are really impressive, I can never get mine looking that clean. Also yay swirly pendants, I love swirly pendants. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much!!

GolloJ1 (author)emilyvanleemput2015-12-04

what is the name of wire.

isurova made it! (author)2015-08-29

I made it!

emilyvanleemput (author)isurova2015-09-05


Twotees01 (author)2015-04-17

You made this so easy to do :) Great instructions! Can't wait to make more of your projects!

Thank you! Yours turned out great!!

Layayena made it! (author)2014-11-09

Thank you for sharing this with us! This is going to be a Christmas present for my mom and thanks to you she'll probably will be happy about something homemade =) Looking forward to more wire jewellery from you ;)

emilyvanleemput (author)Layayena2014-11-09

That is amazing, turned out really beautiful!! Bonus points for the Middle Earth background :D :D

shizy25 (author)2014-10-12

Lovely :-)

emilyvanleemput (author)shizy252014-10-12

Thank you : )

jargabrite (author)2014-10-10

I want to say thank you for the great instructable. This Is my first time ever completing a project from one and yours is easy to follow & understand. Also great pictures of the steps & process. I have been interested in learning to create wire wrapped jewelry, and with your instructable to follow, I have completed my first piece of wire wrapped jewelry. ☺

I am so glad you tried it, it turned out amazing! I love the look the coloured wire gives and the beads you used go perfectly with it!

NanoRobotGeek (author)2014-10-08

You just can't stop getting better and better. I envy you XD

Thanks a lot : )

hardlydavidson (author)2014-10-03

hola! this is a lovely pendant. thanks for sharing. you do have some amazing skill. cheers!

Thank you so much!!

Gilly (author)2014-09-29

Very classy looking pendant and lovely photography too.

emilyvanleemput (author)Gilly2014-09-29

Thank you!

CityGirl70 (author)2014-09-29

Gorgeous <3

Thank you : )

Abigail02 (author)2014-09-29

That is beautiful!


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-09-29

The moment I saw the main picture I knew it was yours! Excellent work, love the swirl :)

Thank you so much : )

crank_girl (author)2014-09-29

Beautiful! I'm aiming to make all of my Xmas gifts this year and you've given me something amazing to get cracking on. Thanks! :)

Thank you! I'd love to hear how it goes : )

lindarose92 (author)2014-09-29

Oh wow, this is one of my favorite creations from you! I love all of those swirls :D

Thank you Linda : )

watchmeflyy (author)2014-09-28

It DID turn out really well, I assure you. ;)

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Bio: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology
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