Brass Wire Wrapped Turquoise Pendant

pendant measures 1.75" long

pendant measures 1.75" long

I’ve mixed turquoise with copper and brass before in earring, bracelet and necklace projects. There’s something timeless about the combination. Besides tools, this pendant requires only three items. That’s one of the beauties of wire wrapped projects. That and the low cost. There’s no wire weaving in this item, only wrapping.  The thin 24 gauge wire puts up little resistance, making the work almost effortless.   

 

Directions

step 1 - Cut two lengths of 18 gauge wire to measure 6”.  Cut another length to measure 10”.  Cut one length of 24 gauge wire to measure 10”.  This will be your front wrapping wire.

step 2 - Matching the center of the wrapping wire to the 10” long wire, wrap around six times. 

step 2 - Matching the center of the wrapping wire to the 10” long wire, wrap around six times. 

step 3 - Slide the wrapping into the center of the 10” wire. Center a 6” length wire above the longer wire. Wrap around it 5 times to the left of center, joining it to the wire below it.

step 3 - Slide the wrapping into the center of the 10” wire. Center a 6” length wire above the longer wire. Wrap around it 5 times to the left of center, joining it to the wire below it.

step 4 - Center the other 6” wire above the two wires and wrap it round 5 times to the left of center.

step 4 - Center the other 6” wire above the two wires and wrap it round 5 times to the left of center.

step 5 - Mirror the wrapping on the opposite side in the same way, wrapping to the right of center.

step 5 - Mirror the wrapping on the opposite side in the same way, wrapping to the right of center.

step 6 - Bend the joined wires against the bead to hug its shape. Bend all wires to the back of the bead.

step 6 - Bend the joined wires against the bead to hug its shape. Bend all wires to the back of the bead.

step 7 - On the back of the bead, create a 90 degree bend in the 10” long wire. Slip the wire into the hole in bottom of the bead. Pull it through the top. Bang the bottom against the work surface to flatten the inserted wire bottom.

step 7 - On the back of the bead, create a 90 degree bend in the 10” long wire. Slip the wire into the hole in bottom of the bead. Pull it through the top. Bang the bottom against the work surface to flatten the inserted wire bottom.

step 8 - Create a loop in the top 6” wire and bend it around the front side of the bead. Do the same with the bottom 6” wire.

step 8 - Create a loop in the top 6” wire and bend it around the front side of the bead.
Do the same with the bottom 6” wire.

step 9 - At the back of the bead, cut the 5 wire ends so that they meet in the middle. Cut a new piece of wrapping wire to measure 12”. Insert it under the back wires off center and start wrapping them, concealing the cut ends inside the wrapping. Cut off excess wrapping wire and tuck the end under the wrap.

step 9 - At the back of the bead, cut the 5 wire ends so that they meet in the middle. Cut a new piece of wrapping wire to measure 12”. Insert it under the back wires off center and start wrapping them, concealing the cut ends inside the wrapping. Cut off excess wrapping wire and tuck the end under the wrap.

step 10 - Cut a new piece of wrapping wire to measure 12”.  Insert it under the back wires off center and start wrapping them, concealing the cut ends inside the wrapping. Cut off excess wrapping wire and tuck the end under the wrap.

step 10 - Cut a new piece of wrapping wire to measure 12”.  Insert it under the back wires off center and start wrapping them, concealing the cut ends inside the wrapping. Cut off excess wrapping wire and tuck the end under the wrap.

step 11 - Cut another wrapping wire to measure 8”. Wrap around the stem in the bead.

step 11 - Cut another wrapping wire to measure 8”. Wrap around the stem in the bead.

step 12 - Turn the stem over a small round object to create a loop. Wrap the bottom of the loop 5 times with a piece of the 18 gauge wire.

step 12 - Turn the stem over a small round object to create a loop. Wrap the bottom of the loop 5 times with a piece of the 18 gauge wire.

step 13 - (side view) Bend the loop in half creating a bail for the chain.

step 13 - (side view) Bend the loop in half creating a bail for the chain.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 24 gauge round wire, antique brass
  • 18 gauge round wire, antique brass
  • turquoise bead 7/8” x 1.25” (also available at some Michael’s stores under the Bliss Beads label)
  • jewelry pliers

 


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