Wire Bead Pendant,
Jewelry Making Instructions


Turn one length of wire and a bead into a wire bead pendant. This simple wire jewelry making technique is easy to learn and will have you beading in no time!

Picture of wire and bead pendant

I used beads in my favorite color scheme and made a double wire loop pendant in no time flat.

The design came to me on a whim and I really like the results. Here's how you can make one!

Beading Instructions

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • one 35mm flat coin, or disc, shaped bead
  • one 3 inches (7.6 cm) length of 18 or 20 gauge round wire
  • three 8mm beads
  • three 6mm beads
  • two bead caps
  • two bead spacers
  • five 1 inch (2.5 cm) head pins
  • one 1 inch (2.5 cm) eye pin

Jewelry Making Tools

  • wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers

Wire Jewelry Making Instructions for Double Wire Loop Wire Bead Pendant

1. Cut the Wire

Using the wire cutters, cut one 3 inches (7.6 cm) length of 18 or 20 gauge round wire.

There should be about 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm) of wire above the bead and about 1/2 inch (.6 cm) of wire below the bead.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 1 - Cut the Wire

2. Grasp one end of one wire between the jaws of your round nose pliers, about half way up the jaws of the pliers.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 2 - Make a Double Wire Loop

3. Rotate the pliers forward to create a simple wire loop.

A simple wire loop can be used to make the pendant, but a double wire loop is more secure, especially for a pendant.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 3 - Make a Double Wire Loop

4. Begin to Make the Double Wire Loop

Reposition the pliers to their original position.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 4 - Make a Double Wire Loop

5. Rotate the pliers forward, creating one and a half wire loops.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 5 - Make a Double Wire Loop

6. Reposition the pliers to their original position and grasp the top of the wire loop between the jaws of the pliers.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 6 - Make a Double Wire Loop

7. Rotate the pliers forward, creating a double wire loop.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 7 - Make a Double Wire Loop

8. With the tip of the pliers, grasp the wire loop where the tip of the wire of the first loop meets the perpendicular portion of the wire.

Rotate the pliers backward about 90 degrees, creating a bend in the wire.

You should end up with a length of with wire that has a double wire loop on one end.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 8 - Make a Double Wire Loop Bead Unit

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions Continued


9. String the 35mm bead onto the wire, resting it against the double wire loop.

Make a simple wire loop on the second end of the wire.

Having the double wire loop perpendicular to the bead will prevent whatever you wear the pendant on from twisting.

Use the chain nose pliers to grasp the double wire loop and twist it so that it is perpendicular to the bead. Twist the simple wire loop so that it is parallel to the bead.

You may have to hold the double wire loop with a pair of chain nose pliers, or your fingers, to gain leverage in order to twist the wire loops.

If you have two pairs of chain nose pliers, grasp and twist both wire loops at the same time.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 9 - Make a Double Wire Loop Bead Unit

Having the double wire loop turned in opposite directions

10. String the beads, bead caps and bead spacers onto the head pins and the eye pin. Make sure to string an 8mm bead onto the eye pin.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 10 - Make a Double Wire Loop Bead Unit

11. Using wire cutters, trim a little wire from the head pins and eye pin.

Using the round nose pliers, make wire loops on top of the beads.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 11 - Make 3 More Double Wire Loop Bead Units.

12. One at a time place the open wire loop of a five bead units (two 6mm and three 8mm bead units) onto the bottom closed simple wire loop of the pendant. Close the wire loop.

Attach the small bead unit that is on the eye pin in the middle of the other bead units. Attach a 6mm bead unit to the bottom of the eye pin bead unit.

Wire Bead Pendant Instructions: Step 12 - Opening Jump Rings


You're done...your wire bead pendant is complete!

Try making another one with a different combination of beads.


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