Introduction: Treble Clef Pendant

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With a few inches of wire and some basic tools you can make a treble clef pendant. Now if only that cute flute player from high school could see me now!

I’m using 16 gage wire. Twenty-five feet cost me less the $2.00 at the home improvement store.

Step 1: Form the Treble Clef

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Cut a section of wire and file the end square. Using cone nose pliers, form a hook as shown in the picture. Lay the hook on a hard surface and hammer the loop flat.

Work the pliers along the wire bending it in small increments. Little by little you’ll produce the curve of the treble clef.

Form the upper loop by grabbing the wire just above the hook and bending it around, down, and then behind the clef.

Form a small loop just under the clef. Once the loop in made use the pliers to collapse it a little.

Step 2: Hammer the Sides

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The back stem of the clef will be the dividing line. Lay the clef on the edge of an anvil. I’m using the head of a 5 pound sledge hammer as an anvil.

Hammer the sides of the clef evenly and on both sides. See the pictures.

Step 3: Make It Shine

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Polish the treble clef with progressively finer sand paper. I used 400 grit, then 1000 followed by 2000. I like to fold the sand paper over a small file. Finish it off with polishing compound on a buffing wheel.

Use a paper clip to make a jump ring.


MicioGatta made it! (author)2014-08-23

Your style, done for remix contest: key and note!

OutdoorKid (author)2014-07-08

Oboe is the bomb dude

deadpooltacos (author)2014-06-10

I could give this to my friends in band, thanks for the idea.

Travpena (author)2013-08-04

how do you prevent rust on a piece of polished steel wire like this?
im having trouble with kind of thing.

Mrballeng (author)Travpena2013-08-05

I have heard clear nail polish works. Also gun oil. The more polished the metal the easier it is to keep rust free.

arcticthunder (author)2013-03-04

Done this in an afternoon, had to make do with ordinary needle nose pliers! Im getting faster and neater with my metalwork thanks to you. think ill try your daisy necklace next! :) also well done to everyone else, good job!

lastaztec (author)2011-10-20

ive been asking everyone i know and no one ever heard of cone nose pliers. where did you get yours?

Mrballeng (author)lastaztec2011-10-21

I think they're actually called "round nose" pliers. You can get them any where craft related materials are sold. I think I got mine from micheals for 6 dollars. Sorry for the confusion. I'm learning as I go.

Hoopajoo (author)Mrballeng2012-02-25

In blacksmithing we call them 'scrolling pliers'. Many take a pair of automotive snap-ring pliers and round the noses off with a grinder to make them where none can be found.

tclemmo (author)Hoopajoo2012-10-08

I call them long nose pliers.

tclemmo (author)2012-07-13

I thought this would be a great present for my music teacher at the end of the year, but as soon as I saw it I wanted to try right away. I'm pretty proud of it, seeing as I've never made any jewlery and I'm only 11, and I managed to flatten out the sides. I took a photo:

Mrballeng (author)tclemmo2012-07-14

Looks good!

Dr.Vini42 (author)2012-06-01

Just made up 3 of these for some musically-oriented friends. Thanks for the great project! I'd never worked with metal before and it's nice to finally find an instructable that is both affordable and easy enough for me to do.

super8ben (author)2012-04-04

Oboe! Yay!

TubaJ446 (author)2011-10-11

This is cool! I'm gonna try it with a bass clef.Wish me luck!

cajett2002 (author)2011-09-11

when I hammer it my sides don't look as flat as yours. how long do you have to hammer the sides to get them to look that way?

Mrballeng (author)cajett20022011-09-11

It looks like your hammering the entire clef. Only hammer the sides. That way the center vertical line of the clef stays thin while the outsides are flared.

MicioGatta (author)2011-06-11

Lovely! I want to do it, I've already the pliers, I have to find the wire. I'vge got to find out how it's called in Italian :D

smilgy (author)MicioGatta2011-06-11

Its just plain steel wire you get at the local DIY store.

MicioGatta (author)smilgy2011-08-30

I found it finally, at the market in Saronno, 18 mm, I don't how long it is, 1 euro :) I'm going to try to do the clef as soon as possible!

MicioGatta (author)MicioGatta2011-09-09

First attempt! To me, it's too big and a little too wavy, I should have flatten it more, but well, I think I'll call it "one euro clef", given that I paid one euro the wire and the pliers :D. I've used an electric rotatory nail file for the first sanding and my father's sand paper, hammer and anvil. As soon as I can I'll do a smaller and flatter clef. :) Thank you for the tutorial!

gjanelle (author)2011-08-26

is it ok that i use soldering wire? its the only kind i got

Mrballeng (author)gjanelle2011-08-27

I think soldering wire would be too soft but you should give it a try.

gjanelle (author)Mrballeng2011-08-31

doesnt work but thats okay it dents way to easily

shuashy (author)2011-08-29

AT LAAAAST! (it wasn't easy)

Mrballeng (author)shuashy2011-08-29

Very cool!. At first I thought the pendant was laying on the headboard to a bed. I was thinking "holy cow! that has to be like 2' tall". Looks great. Good work!

shuashy (author)Mrballeng2011-08-29

Haha! As if I can make one that tall?! but yeah it was about twice as large as yours. Thanks! I'm happy I actually managed to finish it even though it's my first time seriously holding a hammer.

I showed it to my girlfriend and she was like asking me how much would it cost if i sell it!

Thanks again. I'll be doing some of your ibles if I have time (I'm from the Philippines btw)

ZoDo (author)2011-08-26

You are one talented man. Love your creations.

Mrballeng (author)ZoDo2011-08-27

Thank you very much.

drum087 (author)2011-07-27

Very nice!

nilanmelanie (author)2011-07-23

This is SUPER COOL!!!! I wish I could do it, but I'm only 10 and I want to make it for my moms B-Day:(

xavec (author)2011-07-21

I really love this. The partial hammering gives it real depth. Awesome job!

RememberThePlot (author)2011-07-18

Hey, I would like to say that you are a creator of some really beautiful pieces! I was just wondering, do you need a buffing wheel to polish this, or can you simply do it by hand?

By hand is fine it just takes a little longer. Thanks for the complement.

Science Swine (author)2011-06-23

Is that an oboe?! If so, what kind?

Mrballeng (author)Science Swine2011-06-24

Why yes it is an oboe. The 1988 student model by Selmer if I can remember correctly.

Science Swine (author)Mrballeng2011-06-24

Oh awesome! Do you play? I have been playing for almost 5 years. I have a Fox Renard 330 Oboe.

Mrballeng (author)Science Swine2011-06-25

I played through jr high and high school but I have'nt played since. My buddy is a music teacher. He tells me the oboe is the best instrument to get a scholarship on, that is, next to the bassoon.

Chirpoff (author)2011-06-18

I was looking over the finalists (mine wasn't there, oh, well :) and yours caught my eye! It's really pretty, a great idea! Keep up the good work!

Mrballeng (author)Chirpoff2011-06-19

Thanks. I'm working on another idea now. It's going to take me a while.

Chirpoff (author)Mrballeng2011-06-19

The greatest projects always do! Best of wishes on it!

Ellsinc (author)2011-06-15

Great instructable. Where did you get the chain from though?

Mrballeng (author)Ellsinc2011-06-16

The chain came from Michaels craft store. I think it's made out of steel. It came 6 feet for 3 dollars.

Travpena (author)2011-06-13

When your doing the sides, how do you miss the part that the middle beam goes under? im always hitting it and it makes my clef look off.
oh amd amazing idea im making like 8 for my friends.

Mrballeng (author)Travpena2011-06-13

I lay only half of the pendant on the anvil at a time while using the back stem as a dividing line. After I hammer one side I flip if around and hammer the other.

Travpena (author)Mrballeng2011-06-15

i have using that technic and its been working, also, when im flattening out the sides and curves my hammer leaves dent marks and tool marks and im not sure if i like it, does the polishing ware it away?

Mrballeng (author)Travpena2011-06-16

Once you get closer to the finnished flatness, start hammering with lighter blows. WIth practice you'll be able to leave behind a smooth finish.

Poliishing will take the maring away but it would take a long time.

jonzo97 (author)2011-06-14

Fantastic instructible. you are- without a doubt- my favorite instructables author. I can't seem to get a great shine in the small amount of time i've spent polishing, would it be possible to shine the wire before you work with it and just touch up afterwards? Keep up the amazing work; you are truly an inspiration.

Mrballeng (author)jonzo972011-06-14

I'm trying to make a video on polishing in real time. Hopfull that will help when it's done.

Mrballeng (author)Mrballeng2011-06-14

PS. thanks for such a nice complement.

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