Lampwork Twinbead and Wire Pendant

pendant measures approximately 1.50"

pendant measures approximately 1.50"

Dark and mysterious, this pendant features a black and copper flecked, flat, round glass centerpiece surrounded by copper seed beads, black twin hole beads and copper lined clear crystals.  The smaller beads are strung on wire to encompass the centerpiece.  Like mixed media art, this pendant blends two techniques not commonly found in one piece of jewelry - wire wrapping and bead weaving.  Together they result in a striking piece that measures just under 1.50”.  Dangle this pendant on copper or black chains.

 

 

Directions

step 1 - Cut two pieces of 24 gauge wire to measure 13".  On one wire, add a black twin bead followed by two copper seed beads.  Continue alternating black and copper beads until you have added 17 twin beads.

step 1 - Cut two pieces of 24 gauge wire to measure 13".  On one wire, add a black twin bead followed by two copper seed beads.  Continue alternating black and copper beads until you have added 17 twin beads.

step 2 - Slip the second wire through the bottom holes of the twin beads with a crystal lined copper bead in between each.  Twist the ends of the wires to prevent the beads from sliding off.  The ends should be long enough to form a tiny loop.

step 2 - Slip the second wire through the bottom holes of the twin beads with a crystal lined copper bead in between each.  Twist the ends of the wires to prevent the beads from sliding off.  The ends should be long enough to form a tiny loop.

step 3 - Fold an 8" piece of 18 gauge wire in half over a round object to create an evenly curved loop. Hold the two wire ends together and push them through the bead hole. Pull on the ends until the loop on the other end is one inch long.

step 3 - Fold an 8" piece of 18 gauge wire in half over a round object to create an evenly curved loop. Hold the two wire ends together and push them through the bead hole. Pull on the ends until the loop on the other end is one inch long.

step 4 - One at a time, bring the two wire ends up and around the centerpiece shape to the top of the bead forming a ring.

step 4 - One at a time, bring the two wire ends up and around the centerpiece shape to the top of the bead forming a ring.

step 5 - Add a yard of thread to a beading needle leaving a 8” tail. Wrap the thread around the top center of the circular wire several times to hold it in place as you get started. You will be attaching the beaded wires to the circular wires using the thread. 

step 5 - Add a yard of thread to a beading needle leaving a 8” tail. Wrap the thread around the top center of the circular wire several times to hold it in place as you get started. You will be attaching the beaded wires to the circular wires using the thread. 

step 6 - Bring one looped end of the beaded wires up to meet the middle of the top centerpiece. The copper lined crystal beads should be on the outer rim. Wrap the thread under the wires and pass the needle through the first copper lined crystal bead.

step 6 - Bring one looped end of the beaded wires up to meet the middle of the top centerpiece. The copper lined crystal beads should be on the outer rim. Wrap the thread under the wires and pass the needle through the first copper lined crystal bead.

step 7 - Pass the needle back under the beaded wires and the circular wire keeping the thread taught and hidden between the beads. Bring the thread up on the other side of the twin bead.

step 7 - Pass the needle back under the beaded wires and the circular wire keeping the thread taught and hidden between the beads. Bring the thread up on the other side of the twin bead.

step 8 - Pass through the next crystal bead. Keep attaching the beaded wires to the circular wire as you work around the centerpiece.

step 8 - Pass through the next crystal bead. Keep attaching the beaded wires to the circular wire as you work around the centerpiece.

step 9 - When you reach the top center, create a few half hitch knots and work back through beads to secure the work.  Remove the needle and cut off excess thread.

step 9 - When you reach the top center, create a few half hitch knots and work back through beads to secure the work.  Remove the needle and cut off excess thread.

step 10 - Slip the 8" tail of the starter thread through the needle and create half hitch knots.  Work back through beads to secure the other side of the work.

 

step 11 - One at a time, pull the circular wires so they hug and match the shape of the glass centerpiece. Wrap the ends of the circular wires around the center pendant loop. Cut off excess wire on the back side.

step 11 - One at a time, pull the circular wires so they hug and match the shape of the glass centerpiece. Wrap the ends of the circular wires around the center pendant loop. Cut off excess wire on the back side.

step 12 - If you end up with too much of a blank space between the left and right sets of beads, use thread to attach as many beads as required to fill the gap.

step 12 - If you end up with too much of a blank space between the left and right sets of beads, use thread to attach as many beads as required to fill the gap.

NOTE: See Beadology -  Half Hitch Knot for securing and finishing work. 



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