Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. A necklace in a magazine advertisement caught my eye.
Pearl Twigs Necklace
by Lindi Schneck
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
A necklace in a magazine advertisement caught my eye. I really liked the basic idea, so I experimented a bit. My happy result is the following design.
Special Instructions: **Tip: Although I used freshwater pearls, this design can be made using other drilled items such as stone beads or crystals. Please remember that if your chosen item is larger, you will need to use a longer headpin.

Materials

Sterling Silver Head Pin 24GA w/ 1.5mm Ball 2 inch - Pack of 10
K8-28
  • Lesson Quantity: 26.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.54
  • Gold Club Price: $2.66
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Sterling Silver Oval Lobster 8mm - Pack of 2
K3-136
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.37
  • Gold Club Price: $1.78
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Silver Filled Jump Rings Open (.040) 18ga (OD) 4mm (ID) 2.24mm - Pack of 25
S11-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.22
  • Gold Club Price: $1.67
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8-10mm Large Hole (1.2mm) White Double Shine Fresh Water Pearls - Pack of 20
A8-03
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • 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 Angled Flush Cutter, 5-1/4 Inches
PLR-489.00
  • PLR-489.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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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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Instructions
Step 1
Using a polishing cloth, straighten and clean all headpins.
Step 2
Measure and mark each headpin 3/8-inch up from the ball head. Place the tip of round nose pliers at this mark and wrap the longer length of the pin around the plier’s tip, forming a tiny loop.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 3
Slide a pearl onto the headpin, resting it on the loop just made. Measure ¼-inch up from the top of the pearl and mark. Form a wrapped loop at the top of this mark. (To form a wrapped loop, use chain nose pliers to hold the wire at this mark and bend the longer/top length over the top edge of the pliers at a 90º angle. Place the tip of round-nosed pliers in the top angle of the bend, and wrap the longer length up, over and around the plier’s tip, forming a loop. Use the remaining wire to wrap the loop in, immediately under the loop’s junction.)
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 4
This is the Single Component. (Note: All headpins will have a wrapped loop at their ends and are made in this manner.)
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 5
Insert a new headpin into the wrapped loop made in Step 4. Slide a pearl onto this new headpin.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 6
Measure and mark 1/2-inch from the plain/top end of the pin, (not the ball end where the pearl is), make a 90 degree bend at this mark and use it to form a wrapped loop, (which will end up being at the top end of the headpin).
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 7
Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4, making a new Single Component, but BEFORE wrapping the loop in, insert this new component through the wrapped loop made in Step 7.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 8
Repeat all previous steps, using resulting loops to insert components until the necklace reaches the desired length.
Pro Tip: Try to make the first loops of the Single Component and the wrapped loops of steps 6 and 7 at different intervals, to break up the monotony of the components.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 9
Finish the necklace by adding the 4mm jump ring to one end and the 10mm lobster claw clasp to the other.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,
Step 10
Experiment by using different beads for totally different ‘twigged’ looks.
Lindi Schneck's Pearl Twigs Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop,