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Tote around fond memories from the beach..
My friend and I frequently run to the nearby beach together and go treasure hunting (the treasure being sea glass or shells). I made this pair of necklaces, silver for her and black for me, because I wanted personalized friendship necklaces that would be unique to us. Both pieces of sea glass are light blue, which is perfect because blue is our favorite color.
The wrapping is very simple, and I just stumbled onto it when I was trying out various other wire-wrapping looks. It's basically a spiral of wire around the sea glass, and if you look closely at the pendants above, I switched the direction of the black spiral and the silver one (different slant direction) so that the necklaces would complement each other; somewhat like yin yang.

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  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 1
    Step 1

    When you pick up natural sea glass, it looks a bit cloudy. The cloudiness does look nice and natural, but I chose to polish my sea glass with olive oil so that the cloudiness wouldn't blend in as much with my silver wire.
    To polish your sea glass, simply pour a tiny amount of oil (vegetable or olive) on your cloth or paper and rub your sea glass until the cloudiness comes off.
    (in picture to the left: top row is unpolished, bottom row is polished; it's hard to tell, but the polished glass is clear and smoother)

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by making a small loop. This will be the loop that you'd attach a jump ring for a pendant.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Decide which slant direction you want and position the wire behind the sea glass accordingly. From the picture above, you can see that my slant will have a negative slope (from top left to bottom right) (negative slope -- yes, I am that nerdy).

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Firmly pinch the wire and sea glass between your left thumb and index finger. Then bring the wire around to the front of the sea glass.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Keep the same pressure so that the wire doesn't move much, and wrap the wire around to the back of the sea glass.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pinch the wire and sea glass firmly again. Wrap the wire around to the front and then around to the back. Make sure that your wraps are evenly spaced.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 7
    Step 7

    This is what the back might look like. You can adjust the spirals so that it looks nicer, but it's the front that matters more.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue to wrap the sea glass in a spiraling fashion until there's no more room for another wrap.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 9
    Step 9

    When you've reached the point at which there's no more room, cut the wire, leaving about a 0.75" tail.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Make another small loop at the end of the tail using your pliers.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Then gently, using fingers and pliers, curve the loop into the final spiral at the bottom so that the small loop looks like it's the bulls-eye of an archery target.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 12
    Step 12

    The silver pendant on the right demonstrates the ideal bull's eye that you're aiming for.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Your pendant is finally complete! Take a moment to adjust the spirals with your fingers so they aren't crooked relatively to each other.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant  - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use your wire to make a small jump ring by making a loop and cutting it off. String the pendant's top loop through and then attach it to the chain to complete your necklace.

    That's it! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it out. ^^

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Jem L.
Jem L. · 1 project
In love with this. I will definitely have to try out a version of this! Love
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