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How to make a wire wrapped seaglass seahorse?  We will show you!  The final size of ours is about three inches tall and an inch and a half wide.  You can make larger ones or smaller ones.  This size is nice for a necklace.  Materials needed: 20 Gauge wire for the main body.  You want strength and flexibility.  26 gauge to wrap around the main body and to thread all the body pieces together.  Two pieces of sea glass.  We chose brown this time around, but any color you have will be perfect.  Make sure the sides aren't too sharp.  Throw them back in the ocean/lake if they are!  So, one for the body and one for the tail fin.  Then you will need an assortment of other beads you have.  We chose turquoise and pearl white glass beads, clear crystal glass gem and a metal bead for the eye.  Also, we added the ring for the necklace where its "ear" would be.  Lets start, shall we?

Step 1: Materials Needed

This is what we used.  You can use different colored wire, beads and glass.  Use what you have.  We have about 8 beads the size of a small altoids mint used for the the nose and neck area.  Then smaller than that we have ten beads for the "mane" and the top part of the tail.  Finally we have teeny tiny ones used on the top of the head and the bottom of the tail.  One metal bead for the eye.  The 20 gauge wire is about 12 inches long.  You will cut it if its too long.  About 4 feet of the 26 gauge. 

Step 2: Wire Wrapping

This is the part that is the least creative.  Kinda fun and sometimes really boring.  Take the 36" or so length of smaller wire and start at the bottom of the 10" piece and start going around and around.  Then after a while you should have something that looks like this.  Make sure to leave about 2 inches without any wrapping. 

Step 3: Shaping

We just took a piece of paper and drew a seahorse on it and shaped the wire to fit the image.  You can easily print off an image off the internet.  Look for one that you can color, like for kids. 

Step 4: Adding the Beads

We started with the "nose" alternating the turquoise and pearl colored glass beads.  Secure it leaving some extra and clip that off later.  We are only wrapping around the body frame.  Not trying to force it between the wrapped frame. 

Step 5: Placing in the Glass

Don't fret its easy-peasy.  Just have to hold it in the right place.  That, and don't drop it.  We will show you. 

Step 6: The Tail Fin

You can choose the placement anywhere along the back.  We chose near the "shoulder". 

Step 7: Final Beading and Finish Work

Here we are adding the "tail" beads and any other places we think need a bead or two. 



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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    this is great! I live near the beach and have always loved sea glass. What a creative way to use it. I am excited to try it. Thanks


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I made it with different kinds of wire, and different colors on the glass. Turned out beautiful, and they weren't THAT hard. Voting! :)


    5 years ago

    Thank you so much! I have wanted to make on if these forever! And you really went into detail to!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much for sharing your technique for making this very charming pendant. The detailed instructions and photos provide a very clear DIY guide -- being a lover of seahorses (I am a waterbaby, after all) I'll have to try my hand at making one!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    How pretty! I like to collect sea glass but never know what to do with it, what a great use for it.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much. It is our first. A bit nervous, but thank you!

    That is so cute! I just love sea glass and you did an amazing job putting this all together :D