Intro: Wire Wrapped Pendant and Earrings
Good day from Witch Wire and Gwen the super helpful cat.
A matching Copper necklace and earring set with stone beads
Always in my house is there a cat to help keep the material warm for you.
2 Chain nose pliers - a fine or micro chain nose and a small chain are best
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters - Jewerly wire cutters will give you a better cut
Wire- I used copper in this demo, you can use any wire you want
20 Gauge copper dead soft wire - i used dead soft because of the manipulation needed.
22 Gauge copper dead soft wire
28 Gauge copper dead soft wire
1 Large colored howlite bead
small howlite chip beads
9 mm round beads
The exact ones I used are not needed. Find what you like to make this.
Step 1: Pendant
I tend to start with the focal point of the piece. Some artist plan each piece they make on paper first this allows for precision. My pieces are not planned, so each one is a little ( or a lot )different.
I started with the 20 gauge this first piece of wire was about 10 inches long and the link was made in the middle.
When starting the link for the pendant. I wrap the wire around the base of my round nose pliers twice
The wire that is going to be wrapped around needs to have a small bend just as the circles are done so when the other end is wrapped around the link is straight. This is where the chain is going to be added later.
I found that the double wrap helps with the stability and strength of the whole piece.
Step 2: Wrapping the Pendant
Here is where the fun begins.
Cut roughly 2 feet of the 28 gauge wire and a couple 6 inch pieces of the 20 gauge.
Start with the wire we added the link to. Feed the straight section through the bead.
Start wrapping the 28 gauge around the wire not threaded through the bead. Start the wrap at the end of your 28 gauge, wrap a few times to get it started. Be sure to use your chain nose pliers to tuck the end of the 28 close to your 20 gauge. Keeping all ends of wire tucked in close helps in the end so you don't have wires poking you.
Now push the new 28 gauge up to the link. get one of the 20 gauge pieces set it parallel with your first 20 gauge. I used a figure 8 pattern for this piece. After a full wrap around a 20 gauge go under the next 20 gauge. Make two full circles before going under the original for another two full circles. This same pattern is repeated for the whole pendant.
Allow for creative expression in your making process. Add wires and stop wires where you want. when you end a wire make spirals or tuck them so that there is not a sharp wire poking out.
I added several spins and twists, this is part of the creative expression and what makes each piece different.
I have several pictures showing the progression of the pendant.
I added a dangle on the end of this pendant. Make a similar end and a beginning.
Step 3: Dangle on the Pendant
I realized with typing that i missed a taking a few pictures. So the last two are from the earrings but how the dangle was made is the same with the top loop added to the pendant before closing the loop.
Start a single loop before closing the new loop feed the pendants bottom loop through then close the loop. see the first picture.
Add the bead leaving some space about 1/2 inch then bend the wire around the bead wrap once or twice in the space that was left.
for a little extra fun wrap 28 gauge around the 20 for about an inch. then cut the 28. and wrap the 20 gauge with the added wire around the space above the bead. If it is a little short that is just fine keep wrapping the 20 around till it meets the end of the loop wire. Covering the section above the bead.
Step 4: Beginning the Chain
The chain is a repetition of the same motion for each link. I made this one alternate. I used the 22 gauge wire for this chain. If you picked a smaller pendant you can use 24 gauge. The other option if you want an thinker chain you can use 20 gauge. I use 22 or 24 most often when I am making the chain.
Plain link, howlite link, plain link, round bead link then repeat this 5 times for each side. If you want a longer chain, Add more repetitions.
start with a plain link, make a loop and tuck ends after 2 wraps, give a small space make another loop and wrap until the ends are close enough to touch, cut and tuck ends.
The next link start with a loop but before wrapping around feed the first link through. This step is important for this type of chain.
Step 5: Continuing the Chain
These pictures show the progression of the chain and one side of the chain attached to the pendant.
Step 6: Clasp
For this necklace I did make my own claps. If you have purchased ones they will work also. I like making my own. Each clasp can be made differently this is one version, it is also my most common version. This one ended a little small but it works.
Start with the same wire you used for the chain. fold over almost 2 inches of wire. Gently pinch the fold to get the wire fold close. about an inch down bend the short end over and wrap around the long end. should look like the 3 rd picture.
Make a loop, if you have finished the chain then add the chain before you lose the loop. Just like the chain. If you have not finished the chain go ahead and close the loop. When you are working on the chain before you close the last link at the clasp pieces.
At the fold make a small circle with the smallest end of your round nose pliers then placing the clasp piece about half way down your round nose pliers fold at the middle to form a u shape, make sure the small circle is on the outside of this fold. Pictures 6 and 7
The loop end of the clasp is made like the links, using the largest part of your round nose pliers, in many cases the part that is the clasp I make two circles, just like when we did the pendant starting loop.
Step 7: Earrings and Set End
The earrings are made the same as the pendant dangle and chain.
The ear clasps are 2 inches of 20 gauge wire with a small circle at the bottom, I added a bead for fun then kinked above the bead to keep it on. I made these ear wires long and simple. Almost any style can be done here. Wire care at the end is important. the ends of the ear wires,(the part that is put through ear piercings) needs to be filed, smoothed and a little rounded. When wire is cut it is sharp. Small jewelry files and a wire rounder help with this process. I have found a rotary tool is too much for the wire.
My secret to wire wrapping is start simple. Don't rush to do a complicated project when you first pick up the wire. Start simple then before you know it you are working some epic wraps.