Sterling Silver Organic Wire Wrap Opal Pendant Tutorial
Spring is in the air ~ Just the perfect time to start off a new season, with this trendy organic wire wrap pink opal pendant necklace.
- 1 x side drilled teardrop bead measuring approx approx 2 cm long
- 2 x 6 mm center drilled glass beads or gemstones
- 4 x 4 mm sterling silver round beads
- 4 x 3 mm sterling silver round beads
- 1 x 10 cm (4 inch) 18-gauge dead soft wire
- 1 x 30 cm (12 inch) 20-gauge dead soft wire
- 1 x 20 cm (8 inch) 24-gauge dead soft wire
- 1 x 10 cm (4 inch) 26-gauge dead soft wire (optional ~ you could use the 24-gauge wire, 24-gauge is a thicker gauge to work with and is not as pliable as 26-gauge)
- 45.72 cm (18 inch) 2.4 mm Sterling Silver Rolo Chain - cut in half (9 inch either side)
- 3 x 6 mm OD 20-gauge jumper rings
- 1 x 4 mm OD 20-gauge jumper ring
- 1 x sterling silver lobster claw clasp
- Wire Cutters
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Long Nose Pliers
- Nylon Jaw Pliers
- Ring Mandrel
- Metal block and hammer
1 x 10 cm 18-gauge dead soft wire
Using the long noise pliers - create a loop on either side of the 18-gauge wire as indicated in image above, using the largest side of the long nose pliers. Shape the 18-gauge wire around the large side of the mandrel, making sure the loops are facing out.
Hammer the loop slightly in to keep the form of the pendant and to harden the wire.
Thread the 26-gauge dead soft wire through the side drilled bead.
Wrap the 26-gauge wire around the 18-gauge loop on either side, making sure to start at the bottom of the loop and wrap the wire upwards, pulling tight to make the bead sit snug.
The pendant should look like this at this stage. Trim excess wires.
Using the 30 cm 20-gauge dead soft wire, start at the top of side of the loop, by making a couple of wraps around the 18-gauge loop ~ as indicated in the image above. Wrap swirls and twirls around the 18-gauge wire loop. There is no method to this wrapping ~ wrap is organic and free flowing.
The pendant should look like this at this stage. Trim excess wires and tuck away. Press down the wrap slightly with your nylon jaw pliers.
Connect a 6 mm OD 20-gauge jumper ring on to either side loop ~ the necklace chain will be connected to the pendant using these jumper rings.
Products required to make the necklace ~ Divide the 45.72 cm (18 inch) necklace chain as follows:
2 x 5 cm (2 inch) ( 1 for either side of necklace)
2 x 17.78 cm (7 inch) ( 1 for either side of necklace)
Using the 24-gauge wire ~ make a small loop with the 24-gauge wire on the tip of the long noise pliers and feed it thought the 1 x 5 cm (2 inch) chain as indicted above. Once the chain is fed through, hold the wire loop with pliers and complete by making a couple of wraps around wire and trim excess wire (see image below)
Feed a 3 mm sterling silver bead, 4 mm sterling silver bead, the 6 mm bead, 4 mm sterling silver bead, and finally the 3 mm sterling silver bead on to the wire.
The pendant should look like this at this stage.
Make a small loop on the tip of the long noise pliers and feed it thought the 1 x 7 inch chain as indicted above. Once the chain is fed through, hold the wire loop with pliers and complete by making a couple of wraps around wire and trim excess wire (see image below)
The necklace should look like this at this stage.
Connect the lobster clasp with the small jumper ring to the end of the 7 inch chain. Connect the large jumper ring to the end of the other 7 inch chain.
Connect the short 2 inch chain ends to the pendant on either side as indicated below.
The Complete Organic wire wrap pendant should look like this.
Congratulations your done ~ Be creative this Spring, Inspirations are unlimited!
Happy creative wrapping!