Half Diamond Shape Silver Pendant

Measures 2" long with bail

Measures 2" long with bail

The curved and angular shapes in this pendant create an interesting design that keeps the eye moving around the piece. Simple wire wrapping pulls together the elements and adds another dimension. The square sculpted metal bead blends perfectly with the silver bail. I'd like to say that I bought the bail for this particular project but I didn't. I had it in my stash of jewelry findings purchased over the years. It was a delightful accident that resulted in an all silver coordinated look for this pendant. The completed pendant with the bail measures 2" long and 1.25" wide.

Directions

step 1 - Print out the frame template. If your square bead is larger or smaller than .75”, resize the frame accordingly.

step 1 - Print out the frame template. If your square bead is larger or smaller than .75”, resize the frame accordingly.

step 2 - Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire to measure 5”. Place the center of the wire on the center bottom of the template. Use a Sharpie to mark placement for the left and right angles on the wire as well as the top center angles. Bend the wire at the marks to create the frame. With your fingers, create curves in the wires to match the template.

step 2 - Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire to measure 5”. Place the center of the wire on the center bottom of the template. Use a Sharpie to mark placement for the left and right angles on the wire as well as the top center angles. Bend the wire at the marks to create the frame. With your fingers, create curves in the wires to match the template.

step 3 - Wrap one top wire end around a knitting needle or other round object to create a loop.

step 3 - Wrap one top wire end around a knitting needle or other round object to create a loop.

step 4 - Wrap the second wire into a loop. One loop should be positioned in front of the other.

step 4 - Wrap the second wire into a loop. One loop should be positioned in front of the other.

step 5 - Snip away the tails. Cut a piece of 24 gauge wire to measure 15”. Place the center of the wire over the spot where the two 18 gauge wires meet.

step 5 - Snip away the tails. Cut a piece of 24 gauge wire to measure 15”. Place the center of the wire over the spot where the two 18 gauge wires meet.

step 6 - Slip the 24 gauge wire ends through the bead. The two wires should be the same length. Slide the bead up to the top so it fits snugly into the top space.

step 6 - Slip the 24 gauge wire ends through the bead. The two wires should be the same length. Slide the bead up to the top so it fits snugly into the top space.

step 7 - Create a bend the left wire flat against the bottom of the bead. Wrap the wire around the 18 gauge wire working up to the top angle. Do the same with the right 24 gauge wire. Snip off the excess wire and smooth the cut ends

step 7 - Create a bend the left wire flat against the bottom of the bead. Wrap the wire around the 18 gauge wire working up to the top angle. Do the same with the right 24 gauge wire. Snip off the excess wire and smooth the cut ends

step 8 - Bend the front loop to open it slightly. Slip a bail onto the front loop only. Most bails will not accommodate two pieces of 18 gauge wire. Close the loop

step 9 - Wrap around the base of the loops five or six times with the 24 gauge wire. Snip off excess and smooth the cut end.

step 9 - Wrap around the base of the loops five or six times with the 24 gauge wire. Snip off excess and smooth the cut end.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • Artistic Wire 18 gauge
  • Artistic Wire 24 gauge
  • jewelry cutter and pliers
  • jewelry bail

At Michaels Store

  • Square .75" bead with holes on the diagonal
  • Sharpie

Miscellaneous

  • Knitting needle or other round object
  • Printer and paper

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