Autumn Bliss Wire Wrapped Pendant
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Autumn Bliss Wire Wrapped Pendant

Beautiful pendants are easy to make with German style wire.

Designed by Cindy Becker.

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Beadalon® German Style Wire, 20ga – Antique Brass (8")
  • Beadalon® German Style Wire, 22ga – Antique Brass (9")
  • Beadalon® German Style Wire, 24ga – Antique Brass (12")
  • Bead Gallery® Cabochon
  • Bead Gallery® Rhinestone Beads
  • Masking Tape
  • Beadalon® GS Hypo Cement
  • Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers
  • Beadalon® Wire Cutters
  • Beadalon® Round Nose Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie® Marker, Fine-tip
 

Project Instructions

Preparing the Setting

Step 1 Cut piece of masking tape approximately 10" long. Fold in half (lengthwise). Using ruler, mark center of masking tape with small dot.
Step 2 Line up the masking tape so that the dot is directly at the bottom-center of the cabochon.

Step 3 Pull masking tape upwards so it is hugging the outside of the cabochon and mark the tape where the wire meets at the top of the pendant. You should now have three dots on the tape.

Step 4 Lay masking tape flat. Using a ruler, measure the center (between top and bottom dots), and mark tape. Repeat on both sides. This will be used to identify where you will bind the wire.

Step 5 Cut wire in lengths as outlined above.

Step 6 Straighten all pieces with your hands so they are laying flat.

Step 7 Lay the two longer 22 ga. wires on the table and place the 20-gauge piece in the center. Line up wires and tape ends to hold all three pieces in place. You should have a bundle of three wires laying next to each other.

Step 8 Place the bundle of wire next to marked masking tape, lining up the center of your wire with the middle dot on the tape.

Step 9 With the marker, transfer all dots onto your wire (bottom center, two sides and top).

Step 10 Take your 24 ga. "binding wire" and make a small bend on the end (180-degree bend). This should resemble a hook on the end of the wire.
Step 11 Slide the 24 ga. wire under your wire bundle and hook it directly over the center dot.

Step 12 Hold the hook tightly in place using chain nose pliers and begin to wrap the 24 ga. wire around wire pack 12 times. IMPORTANT: Each wrap should be tight and touching the previous wrap. Be sure to start and end your wraps on the same side of the wire bundle.

Step 13 Carefully trim ends and tamp down using chain nose pliers. No ends should be sticking out from the bundle.

Step 14 Repeat the step above on both side dots. Again, be sure the start and end the wraps on the same side as the previous "binding." The sides will only need six wraps.

Step 15 After completing each wrap, use chain nose pliers to adjust wire until each is straight and flat. Remember all wraps should be touching and tight.

Step 16 Place the center "binding" at the bottom of the cabochon and gently wrap the wire pack around the stone, forming the same shape as the cabochon.

Step 17 At the top-center of the cabochon cross the wires. These should meet at the dots you previously made. With chain nose pliers, bend wire ends (up), at a 90-degree angle. The cage should be the shape of your cabochon and the wires should be bent up.

Step 18 Remove original masking tape and tape all six wires together at top of cabochon.

 

Forming the Bail

Step 19 Using 24 ga. wire form a hook, and begin to wrap the wires starting close to the pendant and working toward the end of the wire. Tightly wrap four times. DO NOT CUT THIS WIRE.

Step 20 Remove masking tape.

Step 21 You now have three wires in the shape of your cabochon, six wires standing straight, and your excess 24 ga. binding wire.

Step 22 Where wires are bound at the top of the cage, find the two wires that are from the middle of your wire bundle. These will remain in the upward position.

Step 23 Bend four outside wires away from the center, (two on each side), and push the remaining 24 ga. wire aside.

Step 24 About ¼” above the binding, use your chain nose pliers and bend the two center wires 90 degrees away from you.

Step 25 Using chain nose pliers, bend another 90 degrees downward towards the cage, leaving approximately ¼” between bends. This should resemble the end of a square and the wire ends are pointing down. (Make sure both wires remain same shape and size when bending.)

Step 26 Trim these two wire ends evenly just below the 24 ga. binding.

Step 27 Make a small and slight upward curl on the tip of each wire. This will help secure the wire when you complete the next step.

Step 28 Press the curls so they are touching the original binding.

Step 29 Using the remaining 24 ga. wire, secure the ends of the bail by tightly wrapping this wire around the slightly curled-up wire ends. Wrap 4-5 times, or until the bail is secure. NOTE: You should always stop your 24 ga. binding wire on the sides of the design so sharp edges are away from the skin. You may reinforce this wire by using chain nose pliers. Once securely in place, cut excess 24 ga. binding wire.

 

Finishing off Pendant Cage

Step 30 Find the back of the cage. This should be the side with the curled ends used to finish off your bail. Between each binding gently bend bottom wire in towards center. Repeat on all four locations. These wires will hold the cabochon in place, preventing it from falling out of the cage.

Step 31 Press cabochon into setting.

Step 30 Gently repeat Step 30, bending top wires toward center, forming top of the cage. The cabochon should now sit securely into the setting.

Step 33 Once cabochon is securely in place, you may finish off your pendant using the remaining four top wires.


Decorating the Pendant

Step 34 On one of the left wires, place rhinestone beads, alternating colors (starting with small clear, then adding burnt orange, clear, yellow, clear, brown).

Step 35 Hold beads close to top and using your round nose pliers make a small loop at end of the wire.

Step 36 Using chain nose pliers begin to roll wire downward, forming a flat swirl design. Continue until all wire is rolled.

Step 37 Repeat with second left wire.

Step 38 With right wires place one clear and one burnt orange rhinestone beads and repeat step to form flat swirl design.

Tips

Always check your work. As final step, always run your finger over the pendant to ensure there are no sharp edges. If found, simply trim or use the round pliers to twist end so it tucks inside. •Make sure all 24-gauge ‘binding’ wires start and end on the same side of the wire. Cut ends should be against cabochon. •If you wish to make the pendant more decorative, be sure to plan ahead and add more wire to your original length. •Plan ahead. Make sure the size of the bail accommodates the size of your chain. For example, if you are planning to use a larger omega, the bail should be large enough to fit over the clasp and chain. •Adding a small magnet behind your pendant and another inside your clothing can quickly convert the look of your pendant into a pin.