Treble Clef Pendant





Introduction: Treble Clef Pendant

About: Awesome Gear I've designed myself.

With a few inches of wire and some basic tools you can make a treble clef pendant. Now if only that cute flute player from high school could see me now!

I’m using 16 gage wire. Twenty-five feet cost me less the $2.00 at the home improvement store.

Step 1: Form the Treble Clef

Cut a section of wire and file the end square. Using cone nose pliers, form a hook as shown in the picture. Lay the hook on a hard surface and hammer the loop flat.

Work the pliers along the wire bending it in small increments. Little by little you’ll produce the curve of the treble clef.

Form the upper loop by grabbing the wire just above the hook and bending it around, down, and then behind the clef.

Form a small loop just under the clef. Once the loop in made use the pliers to collapse it a little.

Step 2: Hammer the Sides

The back stem of the clef will be the dividing line. Lay the clef on the edge of an anvil. I’m using the head of a 5 pound sledge hammer as an anvil.

Hammer the sides of the clef evenly and on both sides. See the pictures.

Step 3: Make It Shine

Polish the treble clef with progressively finer sand paper. I used 400 grit, then 1000 followed by 2000. I like to fold the sand paper over a small file. Finish it off with polishing compound on a buffing wheel.

Use a paper clip to make a jump ring.

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92 Discussions

Oboe is the bomb dude

how do you prevent rust on a piece of polished steel wire like this?
im having trouble with kind of thing.

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I have heard clear nail polish works. Also gun oil. The more polished the metal the easier it is to keep rust free.

Done this in an afternoon, had to make do with ordinary needle nose pliers! Im getting faster and neater with my metalwork thanks to you. think ill try your daisy necklace next! :) also well done to everyone else, good job!


I think they're actually called "round nose" pliers. You can get them any where craft related materials are sold. I think I got mine from micheals for 6 dollars. Sorry for the confusion. I'm learning as I go.

In blacksmithing we call them 'scrolling pliers'. Many take a pair of automotive snap-ring pliers and round the noses off with a grinder to make them where none can be found.

I thought this would be a great present for my music teacher at the end of the year, but as soon as I saw it I wanted to try right away. I'm pretty proud of it, seeing as I've never made any jewlery and I'm only 11, and I managed to flatten out the sides. I took a photo:

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Just made up 3 of these for some musically-oriented friends. Thanks for the great project! I'd never worked with metal before and it's nice to finally find an instructable that is both affordable and easy enough for me to do.

This is cool! I'm gonna try it with a bass clef.Wish me luck!

when I hammer it my sides don't look as flat as yours. how long do you have to hammer the sides to get them to look that way?

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It looks like your hammering the entire clef. Only hammer the sides. That way the center vertical line of the clef stays thin while the outsides are flared.

Lovely! I want to do it, I've already the pliers, I have to find the wire. I'vge got to find out how it's called in Italian :D

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I found it finally, at the market in Saronno, 18 mm, I don't how long it is, 1 euro :) I'm going to try to do the clef as soon as possible!

First attempt! To me, it's too big and a little too wavy, I should have flatten it more, but well, I think I'll call it "one euro clef", given that I paid one euro the wire and the pliers :D. I've used an electric rotatory nail file for the first sanding and my father's sand paper, hammer and anvil. As soon as I can I'll do a smaller and flatter clef. :) Thank you for the tutorial!

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