Turn stones/beads into fancy pendants!
I'm not sure what to list the budget at since all the supplies were given to me by my mother-in-law!
Here's a how-to for pictures 1 and 5.
If I do a how-to for 3 + 4 I will have to do it as an entirely new project, since the technique is different and quite extensive.
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I'll start with a how-to on a cross between pendants #1 and #5.
*flat, round stone bead (or square for #1) [These are stones/beads that were given to me so I don't know what they're called, where to find them, or how to make them]
Hold the loop with the flat-nose pliers and pull the wire around to begin a spiral. Continue to desired size. (Here I'm making a spiral like the pendant in #1, but you could also make a square shape instead, like in #5.)
This is where the quality of your tools makes a difference. I'm using cheap, wal-mart jewelry pliers that have a manufacturing error (a raised bit of metal on one side) that keeps leaving dents in my work!
For Picture #2:
I don't have any more stones like #2 to demonstrate with. It was an experiment and I'm not entirely sure how I did it.
This stone had a hole going through front-to-back, so it was different. I believe I started with the loose spiral/loop on the front, strung the wire through the hole, made the loop and wrapped the wire back down over the stem & stone down to the hole.