Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. This pendant is designed around a beautiful, ornate wire bead.
Gold Bead Pendant
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This pendant is designed around a beautiful, ornate wire bead. Wrapped wire loops enhance the intricate patterns of wire beads and other elements. They are a simple design feature that can link pieces together, add detail and unify the overall look of a piece of jewelry.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard Red Brass Wire
H3-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 20.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.43
  • Gold Club Price: $1.82
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4mm brass jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
10mm focal wire filigree bead
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
6mm bead caps
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
6mm yellow crystals
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 4.00 each
4mm brass rolo chain
  • Lesson Quantity: 24.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 24.00 each
small brass clasp
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Premium Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-35
  • G2-35
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Instructions
Step 1
Place a 6mm bead on the wire, grasp the end of the wire in chain nose pliers and turn up about 3mm of the wire back onto itself in a hook shape and then flatten the hook so the 2 wires sit snugly side by side.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Step 2
Above the bead make a right-angled bend in the wire about 3mm from the top of the bead. The space between the bead and the bend should be big enough for 3 wraps. Place the round nose pliers at the bend and bring the wire over and around the top plier jaw. Rotate the pliers so the loop is now on the bottom jaw of the pliers and continue forming the loop around the jaw. Once you have a loop with the wires just crossed use the nylon pliers to hold the loop while you wrap the wire end around the wire shank. Keep the wraps as even as possible and trim the end after the 3rd wrap.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Step 3
Make 3 wrapped 6mm beads. Make another one in the same way but this time adding a bead cap at the bottom and top of the bead.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Step 4
Place the large focal bead on the wire and make a right-angled bend in the wire about 35mm from the end. Make a loop as before but this time there are 4 wraps instead of 3. This loop needs to be just big enough for the chain to pass through.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Step 5
At the other end leave enough space for the 4 wraps and then make a right-angled bend in the wire. Leaving just the right amount of space can be tricky. I used my calipers to measure the space between the bead and the bottom of the loop from step 4 and transferred this measurement to the other end. Form the loop as you normally would up until the wires cross. Now add 3 wrapped beads making sure the wrapped bead with the bead caps is in the middle of the 3. Once the beads are on the loop you can continue as before to make the 4 wraps. Holding onto the loop with the 3 beads attached can be difficult. It is important not to mark the wire. Finding the right way to hold the loop so you have enough strength and control to evenly wrap the wire and also not deform the shape of any of the components can be difficult. Sometimes I find holding the top of the loop with the nylon pliers works but other times this can lead to the long shank starting to bend. I used a thin strip of duct tape over the wire at the base of the loop and this gave me the control I needed to keep everything in shape. You could also coat your pliers in tool magic or put the tape on the pliers.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Step 6
Thread the pendant onto the chain. Using the jump rings attach the clasp to one end of the chain and a wrapped bead to the other end of the chain.
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant
Kylie Jones's Gold Bead Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, gold bead pendant