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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.

Posted by Deidra L. from Montreal, Quebec, Canada • Published See Deidra L.'s 8 projects »
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  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 1
    Step 1

    I'll start with a how-to on a cross between pendants #1 and #5.

    Supplies:
    *wire
    *wire cutters
    *flat-nose pliers
    *round-nose pliers
    *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]

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 2
    Step 2

    1. Cut a length of wire about 8" long and straighten it (Hold one end with the flat-nose pliers with one hand, squeeze the wire between a piece of fabric in the other and pull through several times to get the kinks out.)

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 3
    Step 3

    With the round-nose pliers make a loop on one end.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 4
    Step 4

    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!

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make a 90-degree bend on the wire with the flat-nose pliers. String the wire through the bead. Leave a couple of mm of wire between the stone and the bend.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 6
    Step 6

    Bend the spiral up and onto the stone (you can use the flat-nose again to make the initial 90-degrees, but I recommend doing the rest by hand).

    Here I realize that 8" was too much, 5-6 would've been fine.

    Next we make the top loop.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make a 90-degree bend (with the flat-nose) where you want the base of the loop (I think I made this one too high, I don't like it, but I'll continue anyway.)

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 8
    Step 8

    Hold the bend with your round-nose pliers and wrap the wire around the top.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 9
    Step 9

    Continue holding with round-nose pliers and wrap the wire tightly around the stem.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 10
    Step 10

    When you get to the stone cut off the excess wire and carefully squeeze in the remaining stub (I recommend using the flat-nose pliers).

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Stone Pendants - Step 11
    Step 11

    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.

  • Step 12

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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
i love number 2 it looks like its magically floating!
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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
i love number 2, it looks like its magically being held on by the wire! Tongue
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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
i love number 2, it looks like its magically being held on by the wire! Tongue
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Deidra L.
Deidra L. · Montreal, Quebec, CA · 8 projects
#3 and #4 do need a different process. I hope sometime to share that. The instructions here would likely only work on similar stones with holes through lengthwise. Shape wouldn't matter so much for #3 and #4 type pendants - which, again, I hope to explain sometime. (The version by Periodic Tableware seemed to figure it out dead on! Basically, you'll use 3 wires to encircle the stone, twist them up tight at the top and wrap wire around 3 extra points. Then pinch two of the wrapped wires towards the center to sort of make a cage... I'll explain better someday. With photos.)
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JossieAyame
JossieAyame · Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA · 150 projects
I can't get the stone to stay in position no matter how hard I tried.. Does the Stone have to be a perfect flat circle? Because mine is a little triangular shaped..
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JossieAyame
JossieAyame · Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA · 150 projects
I can't get the stone to stay in position no matter how hard I tried.. Does the Stone have to be a perfect flat circle? Because mine is a little triangular shaped..
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:3
:3 · Canada, CA · 1 project
Hey, this is neat! I would love to know how you did #3 and #4. It looks like there's holes drilled through all of the stones except those two. I have some stones like that, anyway, and I've tried making little "cages" for them to sit in but they never seem to turn out.
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Deidra L.
Deidra L. · Montreal, Quebec, CA · 8 projects
I'll try!
Would you like any specific one?
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Tabitha32
Tabitha32 · Pittsburg, Kansas, US
please do a how-to
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