Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. This pattern came about by using a variety of techniques that I incorporated into a single design.
Spirit Pendant
by Mary Bailey
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Weaving
  • Skill Level: Advanced
This pattern came about by using a variety of techniques that I incorporated into a single design. By publishing their personal designs using these same techniques, the ladies whom I feel most influenced this round wire "Spirit" design are: Mary Tucker, Lisa Barth, and Eni Oken. Enjoy!

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.85
  • Gold Club Price: $0.64
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 15.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.06
  • Gold Club Price: $1.54
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26 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-26D
  • Lesson Quantity: 11.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 25FT
  • Price: $2.31
  • Gold Club Price: $1.74
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Premium Gemstone Donuts 1/2 Pound Bag
E2-101
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $22.80
  • Gold Club Price: $17.10
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Apple Jasper 4mm Round 8 inch Strand
A1-911
  • Lesson Quantity: 14.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.07
  • Gold Club Price: $3.80
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Apple Jasper 8mm Round 8 inch Strand
A1-913
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.37
  • Gold Club Price: $5.53
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Apple Jasper 6mm Round 8 inch Strand
A1-912
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.37
  • Gold Club Price: $4.78
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Onyx 6mm Faceted Rondelle Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-325
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.92
  • Gold Club Price: $9.69
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copper spacers
  • Lesson Quantity: 15.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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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 Pliers
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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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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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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Scotch 0.94 Inch Painters Tape for Taping Wires Together
G13-5
  • G13-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.97
  • Gold Club Price: $4.48
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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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Instructions
Step 1
Straighten the 18-gauge wire and then find and mark its center. Use round nose pliers to form a 5mm inner diameter (ID) loop at the mark. Center the loop alongside a round shaping item that is the same size as the donut and shape the wire around the item.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 18-gauge wire using round nose pliers to create a loop.
Step 2
Place the wire frame around the donut. Looking at the donut as though it were a clock face, put the loop just created at 6 o'clock and mark the wire at both 3 and 9 o'clock. Make a 4mm (ID) loop at each of these locations.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, Adding more loops to the frame.
Step 3
Where 12 o'clock would be, use flat nose pliers to bend each side of the frame 90° up, forming the bail wires.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, Flat nose pliers bending the frame to form bail wires.
Step 4
Cut one piece of 26-gauge wire about 3 feet long. Leaving a 2" tail, use this wire to begin coiling around one of the 18-gauge bail wires; starting about 1/4" above the bend and coiling down until there are 8 to 10 coils "on" the curved frame. Slide a 4mm round bead onto the 26-gauge wire. Keeping the bead on the outer edge of the frame, wrap the 26-gauge wire once around the frame and then 2 complete times around the base of the bead, followed by three coils on the frame, heading away from the bead.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 26-gauge wire being coiled around 18-gauge wire.
Step 5
Adding more 26-gauge wire as needed, after the third coil around the frame, gently straighten the remaining 26-gauge wire and thread it through the center hole of the donut. When it comes back out the other side, bring it up to and wrap it around the frame, twice. Now add another bead, repeating the entire procedure until there are five beads attached to the frame, and the 26-gauge wire has passed through the center 4 times.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, Adding beads to 26-gauge wire thats coiled.
Step 6
On the 26-gauge wire's fifth pass through the center, wrap it around the frame until it hits the bottom of the first side loop. Thread the 26-gauge wire through the loop, coiling it 3 times around the inside of the loop.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 26-gauge wire being looped around the piece more.
Step 7
Immediately after the loop, use the 26-gauge wire to add twelve coils around the frame (adding more wire as needed). Then repeat the procedure of threading the 26-gauge wire through the center hole three times, with two coils between the 1st and 2nd time and three coils between the 2nd and 3rd time. Add one more 4mm round bead, wrap it to the frame and then repeat the coiling process, reversing the coiling pattern, until the entire pendant frame has been wrapped.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 26-gauge adding 12 more coils to the frame.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 26-gauge adding 12 more coils to the frame.
Step 8
After the entire frame has been wrapped, trim and tuck the starting end of the 26-gauge coiling wire.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, Tucking the 26-gauge wire after the frame is wrapped.
Step 9
Use the remaining 26-gauge wire to weave the two bail wires together with a figure-8 weave, for about a 1" length.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 26-gauge wire weaving the two bail wires together.
Step 10
Trim both 18-gauge wire ends so they are even, and use round nose pliers to roll them under, toward the back of the pendant.
Mary Bailey's Spirit Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, 18-gauge being trimmed and moved to back of the pendant.
Step 11
Use your favorite bail-making tool to roll the bail wires toward the back of the piece.
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Step 12
Use 3" pieces of 20-gauge round wire to create your own headpin charms, using a selection of beads you chosen to match the donut. Attach one charm to each side loop, and attach three charms to the bottom center loop.