Learn how to make a wire pendant with easy step by step wire and bead jewelry making instructions!
Pendants - love them or hate them? I hope you love them! They are such exquisite little pieces of joy.
And if you love them you can easily make one up for any day of the week or any ocassion.
All it takes is a few beads, wire, pearls and simple jewelry making tools.
You can turn a single length of wire into a simple, cool wire pendant to highlight the bead of your choice.
1. Gather Mandrels
Gather a few pens, knitting needles, or other cylindrical objects to use as a mandrel.
You can always just use your round nose pliers too.
2. With your wire cutters, cut a 9 inch (22.9 cm) length of 16 gauge soft round wire.
3. About one inch (2.5 cm) in from one end of the wire, place the wire against your mandrel (I used an ink pen).
4. Use your fingers, and pressing against the mandrel, make a bend in the wire.
5. To make more bends or curves in the wire, reposition the mandrel about 3/4 inches (1.9 cm) down the wire from the previous bend and bend the wire around the mandrel.
6. Repeat Step 5 until you have made a number of bends in the wire.
Your wire will look different depending on the length of your wire, the number
of bends you make and how far from a previous bend that you make the next bend.
Pictured below are a couple of examples.
7. Use you chain nose pliers to make a 90 degree bend, about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long, in each end of the wire.
8. Use the round nose pliers to make a simple wire loop on each end of the wire.
Decide on which end of the wire will be the top of the pendant.
Use your chain nose pliers and twist the wire loop so that it is perpendicular to the rest of the pendant.
10. Make any adjustments to the wire so that the perpendicular wire loop sits along the midline of the pendant (imagine a line down the middle of the pendant).
11. Harden the Wire
Use a rubber mallet to harden or stiffen wire. This helps the pendant (or wire) to better hold its shape once its made.
Place the wire pendant on the steel bench block and lightly tap it with the rubber mallet.
12. Use Hammers to Flatten Wire
A chasing hammer, pictured in use here, has a head that is totally flat and one head that is rounded.
Place the wire pendant on the steel bench block and strike it with the flat side of the chasing hammer. You may have to strike the wire a few times to flatten it, depending upon how hard you strike it with the hammer.
A ball-peen hammer also has two ends, or heads, one flat and one rounded. The flat head, pictured in use here, is not totally flat. The edges of flat head side are beveled.
Place the wire pendant on the steel bench block and strike it with the flat side of the ball-peen hammer. You may have to strike the wire a few times to flatten it, depending upon how hard you strike it with the hammer.
Results of the wire being flattened by the hammer.
A ball end of a ball-peen hammer in use. Use the ball end of a hammer to make divets or dents in wire and metal.
Place the wire pendant on the steel bench block and strike it with the ball side of the ball-peen hammer. You may have to strike the wire a few times to flatten it, depending upon how hard you strike it with the hammer.
13. Flatten the Wire Loops
Place the bail wire loop on the edge of the steel bench block.
Use the flat side of the ball-peen hammer to lightly flatten the wire loop.
Repeat for the second wire loop.
15. You have finished! Take a look at how the flatten wire, dents and marks made by the hammers give the wire pendant a little more character than the unmarked wire shown in Step 8.
16. Add a Bead Dangle
Now make a bead dangle by stringing a bead or beads onto a head pin and make a wrapped wire loop above the bead. Use chain nose pliers and open the bottom wire loop on the bottom of the wire pendant, slide on the wrapped wire bead unit and close the wire loop.
Congratulations...You made it through the How to Make a Wire Pendant tutorial!