Some of you may know my Mother passed away in 2005. August 1st was her birthday.
I had been wearing some of her charms just strung on a chain, and thought it time for something better. I played around making the charm holder pendant as a way to cheer myself up a bit. A friend suggested I should show people how to make it, since I wasn’t the only one (to wear charms strung on a chain). So here it is ~ I hope you like it.
7 to 12 in. (17.8 to 30.5cm) 16ga ½ hard round wire. (depending on the size of the pendant you want to make.) 2 or 3 – 6mm(or larger) jump rings.
Cut and clean a 7 inch (17.8cm) piece of half hard round wire.With your round nose pliers grasp the wire 2 in. (5.1cm) from the end of the wire.
Cross the wires over the pliers, and spread them just far enough apart to create a loop.
Use your thumb to shape the left lobe of the heart.
Continue shaping the wire, until it looks something like this.
Hold on to the completed side of the heart, and use your thumb to shape the other lobe of the heart.
Slide 2 or 3 jump rings onto the shorter wire. These will act as the ‘bail’ for your pendant.
Use chain nose pliers to wrap the short wire around the long wire.
This is how your pendant should look at this point.
With your thumb, shape the long tail of wire into a curve.
With round nose pliers, grasp the wire roughly 1 inch below the wrapped wire, and bring it around the jaw of the pliers to create the bottom loop.
Create a hook in the end of the wire. This will be the “latch” for your charm holder.
Tada 🙂 Add some hammered texture and some charms and you’re good to go.
This is mine, though I think I might need to make a bigger one.
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After 2 computer crashes, countless re-writes, and a heavy teaching schedule, I finally finished my newest tutorial – 2 Hinged Cages and a Locket. It grew much larger than I originally planned, with 3 FULLY ILLUSTRATED variations. I seriously considered separating out the Locket variation as a stand alone tutorial, but the “leave it in” part of my brain won the toss.
This tutorial teaches you step by step how to create a basic hinged cage, with or without beaded embellishments. This is a wonderfully versatile design to hold a favorite stone, maybe a love note, or a treasured trinket. Once it is on a chain, it is virtually impossible to come open by accident. As a bonus this tutorial also includes 2 COMPLETE step by step variations including a crossed wire and locket style cage. The owner of a local bead shop showed me the mechanics of the hinge close to 15 years ago. A very dear friend of mine, Master Wire Worker Ed Sinclair, created a published one in 1994. He has generously given me permission to share my versions of the basic cage and a crossed wire technique that he developed years ago. This is an advanced level tutorial – it assumes you are familiar with basic wire techniques and improvising when needed. It is 28 pages with 67 steps and over 100 crisp, clear photographs. The file size is 2.3MB.
Don’t be intimidated by the length and number of steps – This tutorial covers 3 FULLY illustrated pieces. While this is an advanced level tutorial, intermediate wire workers with a solid foundation of basic wire wrapping skills can, with patience, complete this design.
Thank you for visiting……. Bobbi
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha
Hi All – Just finished my newest tutorial, and am really excited about it! The primary project in this tutorial is a progression of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. It assumes you either have that tutorial, or are familiar with that style of bracelet. Only the modifications to the ends of the bracelets to fasten to the Cab Top Clasp are covered, not the entire Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial. When finished the Cab Top creates a nearly INVISIBLE clasp.
This tutorial teaches you step by step the techniques needed to create the Cab-Top Invisible Clasp, along with variations that include the Multi-Strand Bracelet, the Watch-Top Invisible Clasp, and the Ornate Focal Clasp for necklaces. This is an advanced tutorial, though if you’re comfortable in the basic skills set, the steps are detailed enough a patient intermediate level wire worker can accomplish these projects. I hope you get a chance to check it out! Also available in my Shops – a Bracelet Tutorial Package for both the Swarovski Crystal Bracelet and the Ornate Double-Terminated Focal/Clasp. Purchasing them together saves you 25%!
Many, many thanks to Perri J ShaktipajDesigns for her continued support, friendship, and wisdom.
Background art in the cover photo, courtesy of Sabrina.
Thank you for stopping by…………………Bobbi “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” ~Tolstoy
These pendants were made from Corra’s wonderful Rosabella Pendant Tutorial. They were so much fun to do, and quite addicting. I coiled the wire first – 30g Fine Silver over a 26g core – and added had-set 4mm and 5mm faceted Alexandrite in the centers.
Alexandrite is my favorite faceted stone, though it is a real pain to photograph with the color changes.
Many many thanks for sharing your wonderful designs Corra!!
Thank you for visiting….
“Dreams come a size too big, so we can grow into them” ~Josie Bissett
Sometimes it pays to stay up til 4:30 in the morning . This is the ring from my tutorial Lesson in Patience Prong Ring Tutorial – dressed up with a variation of Perri’s (Shaktipaj) Periwinkle Bead Cap Tutorial . The design hit me after seeing an antique dinner ring in a nearby antique mall – (I will try to get a picture of it to post). I used 28 and 30g GF wire, and 2mm and 4mm Swarovski Crystals. Still playing with the combination of Perri’s Periwinkle and my Lesson tutorials. ~~In this pendant – the center stone is an 8mm faceted Olive Peridot CZ with 2mm and 4mm Swarovski crystals set in 14K GF wire.
Thank you for visiting….. ~Bobbi
“If you found in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded”. ~ Maya Angelou
This one was a real struggle – My camera died part way through –
Sooooo I had to bite the bullet, and get a new camera OUCH 🙁 and then re-do the images (and the tutorial pendant) several times to complete the tutorial.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out.
This tutorial teaches the techniques to wire wrap a slider style pendant, with a prong setting. It can be altered to set either a cab, or faceted stone. Modifying the gauge of wire and number of prongs, it can be used to set almost any size and shape of stone.
You can find this and my other tutorials in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy.
Thanks for taking a peek….
“It is better to fail at originality, than to succeed at imitation.” Herman Melville
I guess with Halloween coming, I shouldn’t be so surprised that these have regained some popularity. They’re one of the more unusual ‘stones’ I get requested to wrap. They’re fun and creepy at the same time. Recently I’ve been asked to do 4 pendants, 2 rings, and if I can find a matched set, a pair of earrings……Not all by the same person of course….
The first request was for this blue ‘taxidermist eye’ in Sterling Silver…..
Am I the only one who thinks buying ‘human styled’ eyes from a Taxidermist, just a little disturbing? Oh well no matter – I’m sure they’re meant strictly for crafts, and hobbies….yeah…moving on…..
Shortly after that came a request for a wire wrapped pendant in 14k GF using one the few remaining real “Prosthetic Eyes” I have left.
Now before you become totally grossed out, they have never been ‘used’ – they come to me as ‘rejects’ – wrong color – wrong size – that sort of thing. When I get them, they are still ’round’, and have to be carefully cut down to cab shape…… Sad to say, even after hours of scouring the internet for another supplier, the only ones I have seen, are a few outrageously priced ones on $bay….. The few I have left in my shop, I’m afraid are “it”.
The remaining custom requests (so far), are oddly enough, going to be Christmas gifts for a friends Daughter, in the dark ‘alligator’ taxidermist eyes. I would love to be a fly on the wall, when those gifts are opened…….
Thanks for taking a peek – ooops no pun intended…………
Please visit my Etsy Shopif you’re interested in a truly ‘unique’ gift of your own…………
Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller