After I published my basic wire weaving tutorial I wanted to show how to use the techniques in a simple jewelry project. Well, it's taken a while, but here is a great beginner project that will make you look like an expert. This tutorial uses a basic wire weave and a sturdy bail design to create a beautiful, rustic gemstone donut pendant. The techniques you’ll learn in here can be the starting point for lots of variation and creativity. I hope you have fun with it.

This is my own design. Please be respectful and use it only for personal and gift-giving jewelry. Thank You!!

Step 1: What You Need


1 – 45-50mm gemstone pendant

1 – 10.5 inch piece of 18 gauge, dead soft, round wire

8-10 feet of 24 gauge, dead soft, round wire


Flat nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Wire cutters

Bail making pliers or mandrel



<p>This is absolutely beautiful and a lovely treatment for the stone.</p><p>Are these bought as jewelry wire? I've used jewelry wire (silver coloured = stainless steel, very fine wire) in the past but was wondering if you could use any copper wire? I suppose the sizings might be difficult to obtain from electrical wire.</p><p>Thank you!</p>
Thanks!<br>I used bare copper jewelry wire. I use bare wire or it would not accept the patina. I have used hardware store copper wire at times, but I always check the purity (I think it should be 99% copper). I use dead soft wire for most of my projects, so I have to assess the softness of the wire as it won't be labeled for jewelry making. The other problem is getting the right gauge wire. It's hard to get wire in the 18-24g range at a hardware store. However, hardware stores are great for buying large gauge copper wire for sculpting and hammering. I buy my copper wire (actually all my wire) online by the pound. (I buy silver by the ounce ) Also, while I've heard of people using electrical wire, it will have all the issues mentioned above and be time-consuming to harvest the wire. If you do go this route, please let me know how it worked out.<br>I hope this answers your questions! Let me know if I can help with anything else : )
<p>Oh, WOW! What a beautiful design. I probably do not have the patience to make the entire pattern but I might try a smaller version for my glass 'stuff'. And I am considering making an instructable for casting the glass. I also like that you have the entire project on the opening page. </p>
Thank you so much! You can easily leave out the &quot;hook&quot; on the bottom to create a glue on bail (unless you're making glass rings and then this works great). Personally, I'm trying to figure out glass : ) I have a kiln... Favorite glass jewelry tips/instructables are greatly appreciated!
Gorgeous!! Bravo &amp; thank you
Thank You so much! And welcome to the instructables community!
<p>Beautiful :)</p>
Thank You! Let me know if you try it : )
<p>I will for sure</p>

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Bio: Geeky artist with too many pets. Details & blog at: rhondachasedesign.com
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