Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing. This necklace was a great exercise in letting go and following the path of Non-Perfection! I intentionally created it with a wonky, uneven, organic flair.
Snake Eyes Necklace
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This necklace was a great exercise in letting go and following the path of Non-Perfection! I intentionally created it with a wonky, uneven, organic flair. It's def not matchy-matchy. I think it's magical how you can take a few pieces of wire, pound them out, texture and link them together with a few pearls and you've got a stunning piece of jewelry!

Materials

14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.69
  • Gold Club Price: $1.27
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5-5.5mm Large Hole (1.2mm) White Potato Fresh Water Pearls - Pack of 20
A8-05
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.93
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6.5-7mm Large Hole (1.2mm) White Rice Fresh Water Pearls - Pack of 20
A8-07
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.27
  • Gold Club Price: $13.70
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Rose Gold Filled Oval Lobster 13mm - Pack of 1
L3-15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.92
  • Gold Club Price: $5.19
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Bench Blocks - 130 X 130 X 20
DUR-1187
  • DUR-1187
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $58.67
  • Gold Club Price: $44.00
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Wubbers Artisan's Mark 4 Pc Texture Hammer Set
HAM-6100
  • HAM-6100
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $98.95
  • Gold Club Price: $74.21
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Ultra-Polish Pads, 20 pack
POL-695.00
  • POL-695.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.95
  • Gold Club Price: $6.71
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Instructions
Step 1
I like to use a protective mat on my table surface when cutting wire. Cut two 3" pieces of amber 14 g wire. Roll a spiral at one end.

Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snakes eyes necklace
Step 2
Hammer flat using a chasing hammer then hammer with a texture hammer.

NOTE: Let the wires go wonky when you're hammering them. This gives them a unique boho flair.

Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 3
Flush cut the flat end and using round-nose pliers, roll them into simple loops.


Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 4
Cut four 2" pieces of copper 14 g wire. Hammer flat and texture. Flush cut both ends and using round-nose pliers, roll them in to create simple loops.

*Optional step-use my Cheater Patina tip if you want to accent the texture. https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Cheater-Patina_488.html



Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 5
Cut four 3" pieces of 24 gauge wire and make wrapped loop links with the small pearls.


Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 6
Cut two 4" pieces of 24 gauge wire and make wrapped loop links with the larger pearls.

Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 7
Connect all the elements, including a focal piece if desired, with jump rings.



Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 8
Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace with a jump ring.


Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace
Step 9
Add a few jump rings to the other end of the necklace.


Kristal Wick's Snake Eyes Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Texturing, snake eyes necklace