Picture of Wire Wrapped Pendants, the Easy Way
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!
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of 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. 
cthompson6610 months ago
Great tutorial! I love your natural wooden tray. Where did you get it?!
cart562 (author)  cthompson6610 months ago
Thanks! I think my mom just picked it up somewhere, I haven't a clue where it came from~
cthompson6610 months ago
Great tutorial! I love your natural wooden tray. Where did you get it?!
jujubee311 year ago
So cute luv this
Cyncha2271 year ago
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!
cart562 (author)  Cyncha2271 year ago
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.
sabu.dawdy1 year ago