Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant, Wire Weaving. Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. This tutorial teaches you to make this reversible pendant.
Seed of Change Pendant
by Abby Hook
  • Category: Weaving
  • Technique(s): Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
This tutorial teaches you to make this reversible pendant. Learn to create a woven frame that skims one side of the bead, while on the other side only the outer structure wire is visible, giving the impression that the bead is poking out from the wire work. This pendant is 1 Ύ” tall (including the bail) and Ύ” wide.
I have included a rough guide for calculating the wire required for different sized beads.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 15.00 inches
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 78.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $3.97
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Mexican Red Snowflake Jasper 13x18 Oval Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-587
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 4mm - Pack of 20
K9-142
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $5.12
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
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Economy Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-25
  • G2-25
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Instructions
Step 1:
Select your bead.
Choose your bead. Flat oval beads work best.
This tutorial is based on the specific size stated in the materials list. Below I have given a rough guide for calculating the wire required if using a different size. Please note that the 28 gauge wire requirements can vary depending on how tightly you weave. These calculations are for a bail that is ½” tall when complete.
20 gauge
Measure the circumference of the bead, add 1” for the point at the bottom, and add 4” for the bail/leaf.

28 gauge
You will need approx: - 25” for the bail, approx 20” for every 1” of weaving on the frame and twice the length of your bead.



Pro Tip: Tip: - I always allow extra wire when making something for the first time to ensure I do not run out of wire at a crucial point. You may want to consider this when making your calculations.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Select your bead., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, choose a bead
Step 2:
Prepare the structure wire.
Cut 2 pieces of 20 gauge wire, each measuring 7.5”. Make a sharp bend in the middle of them both, using the flat nose pliers.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Prepare the structure wire., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, fold the wires in half
Step 3:
Pinch.
Pinch both points with the flat nose pliers creating a sharp point. Set one piece aside.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Pinch., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, pinch both folds
Step 4:
Begin to shape.
Open the wire out to form a V shape, do this by holding the wire between your thumb and forefinger as shown, in both hands, bending the wire around your thumb slightly, whilst pulling the wire apart.
The bead should sit neatly above the V in the wire.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to shape., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, open the wire out to form a V
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to shape., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, the bead should sit in the V
Step 5:
Shape the wire around the bead.
Holding the bead carefully in place, shape the wire around it forming a leaf shape, so that the wires cross at the top. Ensure the point where the wires cross at the top is level with the V at the bottom. Set aside.

Note: - the frame should be slightly larger than the bead.
Pro Tip: Tip - Use your thumb to smooth the bends by running the wire between your thumb and forefinger.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Shape the wire around the bead., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, the frame should be slightly bigger than the bead
Step 6:
Shape the other wire.
Follow steps 4 and 5 to shape the other wire in the same way.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Shape the other wire., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, shape the other way the same way
Step 7:
Squeeze.
Hold the bead inside the second wire so that the wire runs front to back and squeeze the wire together making the leaf shape narrower.
Notice how the smaller leaf shape now sits comfortably inside the larger one.
Pro Tip: Tip - Take your time with these early steps, it is important to get the shaping right at this point as once you start weaving it will be difficult to adjust.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Squeeze., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, squeeze the wires together around the bead
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Squeeze., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, the smaller leaf sits inside the larger one
Step 8:
Attach a thin wire.
Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire 23” long. On the larger leaf shape coil 3 times on the left of the V at the bottom, leaving a 1” tail.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Attach a thin wire., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, vvvv
Step 9:
Attach a smaller leaf.
Insert the smaller leaf between the straight wires of the larger leaf, twist slightly so that the straight wires of the smaller leaf cross underneath the straight wires of the larger leaf. Bind together 3 times.
Pro Tip: Tip - Turn the piece upside-down and hold the left side between thumb and forefinger to keep in place, use your fingers on this hand to guide the thin wire whilst weaving.
Notice how the straight wires form a square or oblong at the top.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Attach a smaller leaf., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bind together the frame wires
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Attach a smaller leaf., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, the wires form a quare
Step 10:
Begin to weave.
Holding the 2 leaf shapes in place as previously shown, coil the outer thick wire once with the thin wire, then take it over the outer thick wire and under the inner thick wire.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to weave., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, begin to weave
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to weave., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave the wire
Step 11:
Bring the wire back
Coil the inner thick wire once with the thin wire, then take the thin wire over the inner thick wire and under the outer one.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Bring the wire back, Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave up the frame
Step 12:
Continue weaving.
Keep weaving in this manner:-
Coil, over, under
Coil, over, under

Tip: - Keep pushing the weave down the structure wires with your thumb nail to keep it tight.

Note: - Ensure that the crossover of the straight wires is always in line with the V at the bottom of the pendant, this will ensure that your finished piece is well balanced.

Notice the further you weave the more the pendant holds its own shape.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Continue weaving., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave the wire
Step 13:
Trim.
Continue weaving until you reach the top, just before the wires cross. Coil the inner thick wire 3 times to secure.
Trim the end and the 1” tail and tuck the ends in neatly with the long nose pliers.
Notice how the weave has a tendency to spread more as the 2 structure wires curve together.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Trim., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, continue weaving the wire
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Trim., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave the frame wires
Step 14:
Attach a new wire.
Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire 30” long. Turn the wire structure over so that the unwoven side is on the left. Attach your new wire to the bottom of the outer wire by coiling 3 times, leaving a 1” tail.

Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Attach a new wire., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, attach a new weaving wire
Step 15:
Bind.
Bind the inner and outer thick wires together 3 times with the thin wire to secure in place.
Check that the design is the same both sides and carefully adjust the unwoven side to match the woven side if necessary.
Notice how rigid this makes the wire shapes.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Bind., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bind the frame wires together
Step 16:
Weave.
In the same way as before weave up this side: Coil, over, under. Until you are level with the weaving in the other side. Up at the top, coil the inner wire 3 times to secure. Do NOT trim the thin wire.
Step 17:
Trim the tail.
Trim the 1” tail (leaving the length of 28 gauge wire attached) tuck the end in with the long nose pliers.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Trim the tail., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, trim the tail
Step 18:
Add the beads.
Thread the oval bead and the 4mm silver bead onto the thin wire. Thread the wire through the gap between the 2 structure wires at the point and then back through the beads. Coil the nearest thick wire a couple of times to secure. Notice how the bead is still able to turn in the setting.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Add the beads., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, string on the beads
Step 19:
Begin to form the small leaf shape.
Bend the inner thick wire on either side round to the other side, locking the central thick wires in place.


This is a view of the top so that you can see the position of the wires more clearly.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to form the small leaf shape., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, vvv
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to form the small leaf shape., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, top view
Step 20:
Start the leaf shape.
On one side bend the wire 45 degrees to the left with the flat nose pliers.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Start the leaf shape., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bend the wire 45 degrees
Step 21:
Make a curve.
Using your finger to bend the wire round, make a sharp curve using approx ½” of wire.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Make a curve., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bend the wire round
Step 22:
Make a sharp bend.
Using the flat nose pliers, make a sharp 45 degree bend, level with the top of the curve.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Make a sharp bend., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, make a sharp bend up
Step 23:
Make another curve.
This time using the round nose pliers, make another curve, so that the wire crosses itself, completing the leaf shape.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Make another curve., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, make another bend
Step 24:
Trim.
Measure ¼” from the point where the wire crosses itself and trim. Form a tiny loop with the round nose pliers, so that the loop is inside the leaf shape.

Tip: - Hold the leaf with the flat nose pliers to make turning the loop easier.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Trim., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, trim the wire
Step 25:
Secure.
Thread the thin wire from attaching the bead through the loop on the leaf and bind to the right 3 times to secure in place.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Secure., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, secure the wire
Step 26:
Repeat.
Follow steps 20 – 25 to form a leaf on the other side.
Coil the thin wire to the nearest thick wire 3 times to secure and trim, tuck the end in with the long nose pliers.

Notice how the bead is now held firmly in place.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Repeat., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, repeat to make a leaf shape on the other side
Step 27:
Prepare the bail.
Bend the 2 remaining wires 45 degrees upwards. Ensure they are both straight and sitting neatly next to each other.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Prepare the bail., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bend the two wire straight up
Step 28:
Add a new wire.
Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire 25” long. Attach it by coiling 3 times to the frame, leaving a 1” tail.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Add a new wire., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, add a new weaving wire
Step 29:
Weave.
Begin to weave the bail using the same method as before: Coil, over, under.
Weave until you have covered 1 ½”.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Weave., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, begin to weave up the bail wires
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Weave., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave up the bail
Step 30:
Trim.
Trim the thick wires to ¼” from the edge of the weaving and bend outwards 45 degrees.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Trim., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, trim the thick wires
Step 31:
Form loops.
Using the round nose pliers, form a small loop in the end of each wire.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Form loops., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, make two loops
Step 32:
Begin to form the bail.
Bend the bail outwards 45 degrees from the pendant using the flat nose pliers.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Begin to form the bail., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, begin to form the bail
Step 33:
Bend.
Using your round nose pliers, bend the bail round to the front.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Bend., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bend the bail to the front
Step 34:
Make the final bend.
Bend the loops outwards 45 degrees with the flat nose pliers.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Make the final bend., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bend the loops up
Step 35:
Bind.
Pinch the bail together and bind closed through the loops with the thin wire 4 times.
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Bind., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, bind the bail
Step 36:
Final step.
Coil the nearest thick wire 3 times and trim. Trim the tail and tuck the ends in with the long nose pliers. You have finished!
Abby Hook's Seed of Change Pendant - Final step., Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, coil the weave wire and trim