How to Make a Pendant,
Jewelry Making Instructions


Beading jewelry is fun...Learn how to make a pendant with a head pin using easy step by step instructions!

Making Pendants Using Beads

Pendants add an extra dimension to a necklace.

Just use your imagination to coordinate your beads with the neck portion of the necklace.

Pendant making ranges from the easy to the more challenging. Here you will learn an way to turn a simple bead into a pendant.

Have fun with these pendant jewelry making ideas!

Picture of pendant

Bead Jewelry Instructions

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • one bead with a top to bottom drilled hole
  • one head pin the length of the bead plus at least 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm)

Jewelry Making Tools

  • wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers

Bead Jewelry Making Instructions

1. Select Head Pins and Beads

Select your head Pin and bead. You can use plain or decorative head pins and small or large beads. I have seen head pins up to four inches (10.2 cm) long. So you bead could be quite large.

Just be sure that your head pin has at least 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm) of length above the bead to make the wrapped wire loop.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 1 - Select Head Pins and Beads

2. String the bead onto the head pin so that the bottom of the bead rests against the 'head' of the head pin.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 2

3. Using the chain nose pliers, grasp the head pin directly above the bead. With your fingers bead the top of the head pin at a 90 degree angle.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 3

4. Using the round nose pliers, grasp the head pin at the bend between the jaws of the pliers.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 4

5. With your fingers, bring the parallel wire over the top jaw of the pliers to begin making the wire loop.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 5

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6. Reposition the pliers so that the bottom jaw of the pliers is now grasping the top of the wire loop between the jaws.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 6


7. With your fingers, bring the wire under the bottom jaw of the pliers to make the wire loop. You may need to twist the bead out of your way as you work.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 7

8. Grasp the loop between the jaws of the round nose pliers. Grasp the wire end with the chain nose pliers.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 8

9. Holding firmly on both pliers, bring the wire end within the chain nose around the perpendicular wire to begin wrapping the wire.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 9

10. Wrap the wire end around the perpendicular wire above the bead two to three times, making two to three wire wraps.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 10

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11. You are done and now have a pendant!

Slide your pendant onto chain or other stringing material. Since the pendant is not permanently attached to the stringing material it will slide along it and can be removed if your necklace clasp is small enough.

If your bead is small enough (less than one inch (2.5 cm) you could use also it as a charm. How versatile is that!

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 11

12. Permanently attached Pendant Bead To permanently attach your pendant to a chain (or other stringing material), before you wrap the wire end along the perpendicular wire above the bead, open (sideways) the loop slightly and slide the chain into the loop. Close the wire loop as done in Step 10.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 12

Closed wrapped wire loop.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions: Step 12

13. Pendant Bead Necklace

How to Make a Pendant Instructions


14. Alternative Pendant Design

You can change it up a bit by attaching a jump ring into the wire loop and attach the jump ring to the chain. This way you can always open the jump ring, remove the pendant and make and add another one.

How to Make a Pendant Instructions

See what you can make with a head pin and a bead?!

It's nice to add how to make a pendant to your jewelry making skills!

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