How to Make a Wire Pendant Jewelry Making Instructions


Learn how to make a wire pendant with easy step by step wire and bead jewelry making instructions!

Making a Pendant With Wire

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.

Picture of handcrafted wire pendantHandcrafted wire pendant made with copper wire and beads

Bead Jewelry Instructions

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • one 9 inch (22.9 cm) length of 16 gauge soft round wire (I used copper wire)
  • one bead (or an assortment of a few beads)
  • one head pin the length of your bead(s) plus at least 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm)

Jewelry Making Tools

  • wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • assortment of items to use as a mandrel
  • rubber mallet
  • ball peen hammer
  • chasing hammer
  • steel bench block

Bead and Wire Jewelry Making Instructions

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 1 - Select Mandrels

2. With your wire cutters, cut a 9 inch (22.9 cm) length of 16 gauge soft round wire.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 2

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).

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 3

4. Use your fingers, and pressing against the mandrel, make a bend in the wire.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 4

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 5

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6. Repeat Step 5 until you have made a number of bends in the wire.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 6

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 6

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 7

8. Use the round nose pliers to make a simple wire loop on each end of the wire.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 8

9. 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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 9

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).

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 10


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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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 11

12. Use Hammers to Flatten Wire

Chasing Hammer
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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions: Step 12


Ball-peen 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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions

Results of the wire being flattened by the hammer.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions

Ball-peen 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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions

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13. Flatten the Wire Loops

Place the bail wire loop on the edge of the steel bench block.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions


14. Use the flat side of the ball-peen hammer to lightly flatten the wire loop.

Repeat for the second wire loop.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions

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.

How to Make a Wire Pendant Instructions


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