Caged Faux Amber Pendant
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.
step 1 - Cut 16-gauge wire to measure 6”.
step 6 - Cut 22-gauge wire to measure 6" for the cage.
At Michaels Store
- Acrylic Blue Moon beads
- Jewelry pliers and Cutters
- Silver 16 gauge dead soft half round wire
- Silver 22 gauge round wire
- Silver 16 gauge round wire