How to Make a Bead and Wire Loop Pendant

This pendant is a very effective focal point for a piece of jewellery and can be used on chokers, long necklaces or even in pairs as earrings. This article shows you how to make this unique and eye-catching accessory.

Steps

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    Cut a piece of [Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping|wire] about 10 centimeter (3.9 in) long.
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    Bend about 3mm of the wire to 45° using chain nose pliers.
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    Grip the wire just after the bend with round nosed pliers and bend the wire around to bring it flat against the opposite side of the pliers, forming a loop.
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    Grip the loop with the chain nosed pliers and bend the long end of the wire down so it is parallel to the short end.
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    Hold the two pieces of wire together with pliers and bend the long end out at approximately 45°.
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    Thread the beads onto the wire. Symmetrical designs are the most effective. Take into account what the pendant is for when choosing your beads, earrings will need smaller and fewer beads than if it is the focal point for a necklace.
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    Bend the wire around to form a loop of beads.
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    Wrap the wire around the top until all of the straight section is covered.
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    Cut off any excess wire and tuck in any sharp ends.
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    Attach the pendant to a piece of jewellery.

Warnings

  • Cut wire is sharp and small pieces can fly off and cause injury when cut. For this reason, it is recommended that eye protection is worn.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire (24 gauge is about the right thickness for this project)
  • Beads
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Chain/straight nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters or wire nippers
  • Safety glasses or goggles

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