Beading jewelry is fun...Learn how to make a pendant with a head pin using easy step by step instructions!
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!
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.
2. String the bead onto the head pin so that the bottom of the bead rests against the 'head' of the head pin.
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.
4. Using the round nose pliers, grasp the head pin at the bend between the jaws of the pliers.
5. With your fingers, bring the parallel wire over the top jaw of the pliers to begin making the wire loop.
6. Reposition the pliers so that the bottom jaw of the pliers is now grasping the top of the wire loop between the jaws.
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.
8. Grasp the loop between the jaws of the round nose pliers. Grasp the wire end with the chain nose pliers.
9. Holding firmly on both pliers, bring the wire end within the chain nose around the perpendicular wire to begin wrapping the wire.
10. Wrap the wire end around the perpendicular wire above the bead two to three times, making two to three wire wraps.
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!
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.
Closed wrapped wire loop.
13. Pendant Bead Necklace
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.
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!