Kristal Wick's Estes Park Elk Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole. I was inspired by the color pallet of a pic I took of Elvis the elk (yes, I named him that for his groovy moves) in Estes Park, Colorado.
Estes Park Elk Necklace
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Hole Punching
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I was inspired by the color pallet of a pic I took of Elvis the elk (yes, I named him that for his groovy moves) in Estes Park, Colorado. This wire pendant is simple to make and you could mix and match many color pallets using the same design. I mixed copper, silver and gunmetal for a more varied metal color pallet. The focal looks great on chain but you could use leather or suede for a more organic look.

Materials

12 Gauge Brown Anodized Aluminum Wire - 39ft
H13-E12-39FT
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  • Price: $6.60
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4mm Peridot 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-60A
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  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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6mm Light Topaz 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-21B
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  • Price: $2.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.93
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Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-14
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  • Price: $2.76
  • Gold Club Price: $2.07
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Silver Filled Jump Rings Open (.025) 22ga 5mm - Pack of 25
S11-16
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  • Price: $2.13
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
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  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
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Steel Block--Deluxe Hardened Steel
DAP-525.50
  • DAP-525.50
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  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
  • G3-14
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  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers
G2-1302
  • G2-1302
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  • Price: $27.95
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Economy Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-25
  • G2-25
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Euro Punch Plier 1.50mm
PLR-133.70
  • PLR-133.70
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Instructions
Step 1
Make four crystal dangles. Slide a seed bead, crystal and seed bead onto an eye pin and make a simple loop at the top. Repeat for all 4 crystals.
( https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Perfect-Sized-Loops-Every-Time_318.html )
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Step 2
Straighten and cut a 5" piece of wire and wrap the wire around the largest end of the ring mandrel.
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Step 3
Wrap one wire end around the Wubbers jaw and rotate to create the top loop.
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Step 4
Wrap the other wire end around the smaller Wubbers jaw and rotate to create the inner loop.
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Step 5
Hammer the wire with a chasing hammer using the flat side of the hammer on a block to flatten the wire, making the bottom of the focal very flat.
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Step 6
Flip the piece over and hammer in some texture with the round side of the hammer. Reshape if needed to make sure the loops are closed tightly.
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Step 7
Mark 3 centered dots with a Sharpie. Punch 3 holes where you marked the dots.
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Step 8
Attach all dangles with jump rings.
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Step 9
Attach 20" of chain to the top loop using a jump ring. (I made it long enough so it would slip over my head and not need a clasp).
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