I've been making wire-wrapped pendants for about two years now, after I learned about it from my friends. We originally started with river rocks and plain hardware-store wire, but I progressed to sea glass and occasionally tumbled stones and I use craft wire, of course. I originally meant to make this for the first Jewelry Contest, but I never got around to it. 

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

I prefer to use sea glass, and my customers like it too, but you can really use anything you want to wear, so be creative. 

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. 
Thanks for the step-by-step. Made my first stone pendant necklace to send to my youngest daughter (11). I'm in Arizona visiting my oldest daughter who just had a baby. You made it EASY and so much more ENJOYABLE... Thanks Again
<p>Awesome-thanks for posting...I have a couple of questions tho-I am trying to wrap and getting super frustrated-are you using your fingers basically the whole time you are wrapping? I have tried pulling the wire tighter with my tools and always end up scratching or nicking the wire. How do you know what gauge to use?I saw that you said to use thicker gauge for bigger pieces, but are there other things you take into consideration as well? I love the thick gauge, but it seems to not be as forgiving.</p><p>Thanks and nice work!</p>
<p>I know I said it's easy, but it still takes some practice. The tools are generally only for finishing the piece. After making the loop and then until the ends of the wires are secured, I primarily use just my fingers. After that, it is loose and I can tighten the wires or make visual adjustments. The trick, which may require some practice, is knowing how tight and how much force you can apply when doing something like crimping, and not damage the wire. It's still gonna happen with this style though, which is why I usually put my crimps on the back where you don't see them, in case I slip and mar the wire. </p><p><br>The size of the wire you use is pretty much entirely by preference. I use 18ga because I personally I think anything smaller is too fragile, and my hands are terrible with tiny wires like 24ga or 28ga. This may be hard to start with though, because it really does hurt your fingers to pull and push on this wire if you're not used to it. You should really try several sizes of wire to see what works for you physically and aesthetically.</p><p>Let me know if you have any more questions.Thanks for liking my 'ible, keep practicing! </p>
Great tutorial! I love your natural wooden tray. Where did you get it?!
Thanks! I think my mom just picked it up somewhere, I haven't a clue where it came from~
Great tutorial! I love your natural wooden tray. Where did you get it?!
So cute luv this
Thanks for this, and I think you are plenty imaginative! You are very creative with all the different things you have Instructables about. So give yourself a pat on the back, OK, that's enough, we don't want you to get a big head or anything! Two things, first you didn't have a tutorial on how you made that nice adjustable cord out of leather, I presume, That right there solved a couple of problems for me about what, and how, to show the pendant...would there be a chain, do I make a chain, do I put on an extra jump ring so that the pendant lays straight and would that look like overkill/be unaesthetic, etc Think about that, please. Second, those little squiggles you put in the wire when you tightened it up in the back were pretty nice, so you might think about putting some in the front! You're welcome!
Thank you! Sorry about the string, it's actually a lot simpler than it may seem, so I often forget to mention that. First you cut a length of string and put it through the pendant loop and through itself, so you have two loose ends. It's as simple as tying one string around the other, and then tying that string around the first, so that they both slide. Oh, and it's just waxed cotton. I occasionally crimp the wire on the front, just not usually; but the great thing is, you can probably add a crimp anywhere you want long after you finished the pendant. Thanks for the constructive criticism, appreciate it.

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