Caged Faux Amber Pendant

Pendant measures 1.50" x 2"

Pendant measures 1.50" x 2"

 
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Translucent, yellow amber is a beautiful gemstone. Good quality amber can be quite expensive depending on clarity and many other factors. Lookalike gemstones can somewhat simulate the real amber at a fraction of the price. I found a set of multi-color amber Blue Moon beads at Michaels store that are made of acrylic. Until you touch them you might think they are glass. They mimic amber right down to the trapped bubbles and inclusions for which the real gemstone is known. I caged one of the beads in silver using round and half round wire for the project. I didn’t include instructions for trimming tails, which would have been repetitive. After wrapping your wire, snip off the tails with wire cutters. Use plastic pliers to smooth the wire ends and file them if necessary. Unlike some time consuming projects, this one can be completed in less than two hours. The slightly misshapen bead adds additional interest to this piece so don’t be surprised if someone wonders if your finished pendant is a true amber gemstone.

Directions

step 1 - Cut 16-gauge wire to measure 6”.

step 2 - To make the frame, crate a 90-degree angle in the wire's center. With a Sharpie, make a mark at 1.25" from the center on both 3" lengths.

step 2 - To make the frame, crate a 90-degree angle in the wire's center. With a Sharpie, make a mark at 1.25" from the center on both 3" lengths.

step 3 - Grasp the wires at the marks and create 90-degree angles.

step 3 - Grasp the wires at the marks and create 90-degree angles.

step 4 - Make marks 1" up from the 90-degree angles.

step 4 - Make marks 1" up from the 90-degree angles.

step 5 - Bend both wires at the marks into 90-degree angles. Set aside.

step 5 - Bend both wires at the marks into 90-degree angles. Set aside.

step 6 - Cut 22-gauge wire to measure 6" for the cage.

step 7 - Create a 90-degree angle in the center of the wire. Measure .50" from the center and make marks on both 3" lengths.

step 7 - Create a 90-degree angle in the center of the wire. Measure .50" from the center and make marks on both 3" lengths.

step 8 - Grasp the wires at the marks and create 90-degree angles.

step 8 - Grasp the wires at the marks and create 90-degree angles.

step 9 - Pull open the wires from the 90-degree angles until they no longer overlap. Set aside.

step 9 - Pull open the wires from the 90-degree angles until they no longer overlap. Set aside.

step 10 - Attach the bead to the 16-gauge wire with a 4" piece of half round wire. Start by wrapping the half round wire three times on the right side of the triangle, about .25" below the 90-degree angle. Slip on the bead. Make another three wraps on the opposite side.

step 10 - Attach the bead to the 16-gauge wire with a 4" piece of half round wire. Start by wrapping the half round wire three times on the right side of the triangle, about .25" below the 90-degree angle. Slip on the bead. Make another three wraps on the opposite side.

step 11 - Set the 22-gauge wire on top of the bead to create the cage. Shape the wire vertically so it curves on the rounded bead surface.

step 11 - Set the 22-gauge wire on top of the bead to create the cage. Shape the wire vertically so it curves on the rounded bead surface.

step 12 - To connect the frame at the bottom of the cage, wrap a piece of 3” half round wire around the frame twice. Continue wrapping through the cage three times. Repeat on the other side of the cage.

step 12 - To connect the frame at the bottom of the cage, wrap a piece of 3” half round wire around the frame twice. Continue wrapping through the cage three times. Repeat on the other side of the cage.

step 13 - Cut off the top stems of the frame so the wires meet in the middle.

step 13 - Cut off the top stems of the frame so the wires meet in the middle.

step 14 - Pinch together the top ends of the cage, bringing them to the center.

step 14 - Pinch together the top ends of the cage, bringing them to the center.

step 15 - Place the center of a 5" length of half round wire against the cage front. Wrap the wires crossing them in the back and bringing them to the front again.

step 15 - Place the center of a 5" length of half round wire against the cage front. Wrap the wires crossing them in the back and bringing them to the front again.

step 16 - On each side of center, wrap the wire around the frame three times.

step 16 - On each side of center, wrap the wire around the frame three times.

step 17 - Cut a new 4" piece of half round wire and wrap the stems of the cage together. Roll the stems to the back, around a Sharpie marker to create a loop for the pendant.

step 17 - Cut a new 4" piece of half round wire and wrap the stems of the cage together. Roll the stems to the back, around a Sharpie marker to create a loop for the pendant.

 


Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • Acrylic Blue Moon beads
  • Sharpie

At Amazon

  • Jewelry pliers and Cutters
  • Silver 16 gauge dead soft half round wire
  • Silver 22 gauge round wire
  • Silver 16 gauge round wire

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