Abby Hook's Simply Elegant Pendant, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. You will learn to make a simple wire frame, coil this frame and then add the herring bone<br />
weave detail, which holds the bead in place.
Simply Elegant Pendant
by Abby Hook
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
You will learn to make a simple wire frame, coil this frame and then add the herring bone
weave detail, which holds the bead in place.
This is a very quick and yet striking design to make. Due to the need for precision
placement of the wire this is a great project for practicing and improving your wire skills.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.86
  • Gold Club Price: $2.90
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 55.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $3.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.98
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Mexican Red Snowflake Jasper 13x18 Oval Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-587
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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New Burma Jade 13x18mm Oval Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-773
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Prehnite 13x18mm Oval Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-514
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Tools

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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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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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire 5" long. Form a loop by crossing the right hand end over the left, pull gently until you reach the approx size of the stone.
(Note: - the frame should be slightly larger than the stone to allow for the coiling and weaving later on.) Holding the stone in place inside the wire frame, cross the wires over the top of the bead.
Abby Hook's Simply Elegant Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, wrap the wire around the stone
Step 2
At the point where the wire crosses itself at the top, make 2 90° bends using the flat nose pliers so that the 2 wires are pointing straight upwards and are parallel to each other. Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire 35" long. Attach it to one of the straight wires on the frame by coiling 3 times, leaving a 1" tail (use this to hold the wire in place whilst coiling).
Abby Hook's Simply Elegant Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend the ends up away from the stone
Step 3
Keep coiling until you have covered the frame, Push the coils along the frame with your nail every 6 - 8 coils to keep them tight. Snip the 1" tail off and tuck the end in with the long nose pliers. With the remaining thin wire coil the 2 straight wires of the bail tightly together for ¾". Trim the thin wire and tuck the end in. Also trim the 2 thick wires so that they measure ¼" from the edge of the binding. Form 2 small loops,
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Step 4
Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire 20" long. Attach it to the left side of the frame by coiling 3 times, leaving a 5" tail (this tail will be used later to close the bail). Thread the bead onto the thin wire, take the wire round the centre of the bottom of the frame and back through the bead to the right, pull tightly. Coil the frame once
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Step 5
Take the thin wire over the bead and the frame on the left, thread between the bead and the frame approx 10 coils from the top, so that the thin wire is gently sloped. Repeat on the back, so that the back mirrors the front. Take the wire over the bead and frame on the left again, pass the wire between the frame and bead to the front, 6 coils down from the previous weave. Pull very tightly so that the wire is tight and locks into the coiling.
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Step 6
Once you have 7 lengths of wire on either side of the bead, coil the frame on the right 3 times to secure and trim the tail, tuck the end in with the long nose pliers. Measure Half way along the straight coiled wire, hold with the round nose pliers and bend the wire round to form the bail. Pinch the bail together and bind 4 - 6 times with the 5" of thin wire. Coil 3 times to secure and trim.

Pro Tip: Designer Tips:
Tip 1: If your frame wire becomes slightly misshapen, gently squeeze it between the nylon jaw pliers to achieve the desired shape, working the pliers along the wire.

Tip 2: If it becomes difficult to pass the thin wire between the frame and bead, push a pin through at the point where you would like the wire to pass, notice how it makes a gap in the coils.

Tip 3: Check the thin wires that cross the bead are straight and adjust with your finger nail if required.
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