This is a guide of how to make your own pendants, fairly easily. It may take some practice, but it's really fun if you get good at it and it only takes a few minutes.
The only things you'll need will be wire, a few pliers, and something to wrap. Enjoy!
Step 1: Materials
As for wire, I use 18 gauge craft wire from BeadSmith that I just order off Amazon, Silver, Brass, and Copper. However, I highly recommend you buy a small roll of plain wire at your local hardware store to practice with before you get the actual wire, although it's not that expensive.
When I first started, the only tools I had were those red-handled wire cutters shown here, and a matching pair of needle-nose pliers. I quickly discovered these other, wondrous tools known as flat-nose pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, and round-nose pliers. If you are not familiar, the nylon ones with the black handles is for straightening out used and bent wire; it's very useful, and I will demonstrate the other two.
The string I use is 1.5mm black waxed cotton, from Shipwreck Beads, but you can find it on Amazon and other places.
Step 2: Getting Ready
The more glass you have, the better, so you can experiment with the colors to see what you like the best. In my opinion, almost any blue piece will look good on a white piece, assuming the sizes are good.
Also, you have to determine which color wire to use. They all handle about the same, but experiment with the colors of the glass to see what you want. I use silver about 65-75% of the time just because I like it the most.
So after you decide what you're going to wrap and with which color, you need to cut off the right amount. When I determine how much to use, I always fold the wire. The one I made for this instructable was about 7" folder over, so 14". The two shown here that have three pieces on them might get up to 9" folded. Although, it won't hurt to use a bit more wire than you probably need at first, because it really sucks when you end up with not enough to finish it.
Step 3: The Loop
Just take the wire and put up to the pencil at the more or less center, and wrap around twice. Now, when the two sides come back to be twisted together like shown here, make sure they stay straight as if you were going to wrap them around more, the wires will want to cross over prematurely. Then, just twist them once or twice so the loop holds. I knew this might seem overly confusing, and since the loop is such an important part, I took a few extra pictures to clarify.
Step 4: Starting Off
Step 5: The Wrapping
Next, I took wire #1 and folded it diagonally down-right over the pink glass that I had just placed there, and then folded it around the back.
This is the part that may take some practice. You have to make sure that you fold it in a way so that it will not slip, and it has to be 'tight'. You want to press firmly on the wire so that it turns and conforms to the shape as tight as you can get it.
Next, I left #2, but I took #1 and wrapped across diagonally in the opposite direction, and then back around the back.
After that, I took wire #2 and brought it back to the loop and wrapped it around once just to hold it. So, the only thing that #2 did was go down on the back, go around the bottom tip, and back up to the top, while #1 went down across, over, up across, down across, then to the loop.
I'm sure all that was way too confusing, but it's just how I do it. I encourage everyone to just make what works, and from there try and make something that looks good.
Step 6: Finishing Off
Then, you need to mash down the end(s). This is where the flat-nosed pliers come in. You take them, and just pinch the wire down, while rotating the pliers around the base of the loop.
You should now have an almost complete pendant.
Step 7: Tightening and Adjusting
I generally do this on the backs of the pendants, out of sight.
Place the tips of the pliers around a section of wire, hold it firmly, and twist until you really can't anymore. Be careful now, because any folds of wire that are not stable may slip and compromise you art. Just crimp whatever you think, until you're certain that nothing will move around while it's being worn.
This is also the time to make any other adjustments, like aligning the wires in the center or so that they cross evenly.
Step 8: Other Examples
Step 9: String and Wear or Give
I don't like to have pendants loose on the string, so that's why I have them facing forward. I then just loop the cord through it and tie it off as an adjustable necklace. These make great gifts, by the way.
Thank you for reading, I hope you liked it.