Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings, Classic Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. .
TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings
by Joe Rushing
  • Category: Classic
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials

Matte Onyx 18x25mm Oval Cabochon
E8-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.33
  • Gold Club Price: $2.50
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Matte Onyx 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-290
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.07
  • Gold Club Price: $3.80
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Matte Onyx 13x4mm beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Sterling Silver Beads Corrugated 3mm - Pack of 25
K9-150
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.06
  • Gold Club Price: $2.30
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21 Gauge Half Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-21HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.02
  • Gold Club Price: $0.77
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20 Gauge Half Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 7.50 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.53
  • Gold Club Price: $1.15
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Sterling Silver Dia. Cut Snake Chain 1.62mm 18 inch - Pack of 1
C8-200F
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $18.27
  • Gold Club Price: $13.70
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Tools

Wig Jig Olympus Transparent Jig
G36-1
  • G36-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $62.97
  • Gold Club Price: $47.23
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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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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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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: $14.97
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Instructions
Step 1
Begin by drawing a straight, horizontal line on a board 2" long.
Drive 2 or 3 small finishing nails along the line at 1/4 inch intervals.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 2
Roll the hh ss wire around the jig posts (nails) by starting to the left of the wires center by 3/4 inch (Rolling right). Press the wires flat.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 3
Roll the wires so the O in each roll ends up on the same side of the wire when completed.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 4
The center of your two O's are now the center of the piece. From the center (CL) measure out 1 inch for the 20ga. wraps. Also, now wrap the CL between the two O's with the small 21ga half round.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 5
Next, starting from the bottom CL, place the domed onyx rectangle centered and make your bend up the sided of the stone.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 6
Sculpt the wires around the onyx and form a 90 degree vertical turn up into the bail. Wrap the bail neck with 20ga ds Half Round wire.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 7
Once the bail neck is wrapped, turn the piece over on it's back. Using a knife, separate the back wire from the other two in the TOP corner by spreading it open. Once you have a crack, use fingers or pliers to "fold" the 90 degree corner over in toward the middle. Repeat this in both top corners and flatten.

The bottom corners are not folded but rather "knuckled" with the wide nose pliers in a twist motion. Next, turn the piece over to the front and again "knuckle" the two lower sides as shown.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 8
Working in the bail area we have six wires - 3 and 3 bundled together as six. The two center wires are for the Bail.

Working with the remaining 4, we select 1 from each side of the bail, trim and curl into an O at the bail neck.

Using the remaining two wires, we "shadow form" around the two O's, bringing one of the two hooped across the front. Attach the 4 mm onyx beads, and bend a tiny "swing hoop" at the wires end. Using the last wire, trim and bend another tiny swing hoop to intersect inside the first. Gently tighten.

Next, twist the two bail wires, trim, and bend two neat swing hoops into each wire.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 9
To complete the pendant, we simply use two ss twist beads, two onyx rectangles and 2 round 4 mm onyx beads to build the dangles.

Bend a swing hoop at one end of your wire, place the beads, trim and finish with a second swing hoop, trimming to fit.

In the next part we will finish the necklace by adding a ss Omega w/beads chain and some matching earrings to round it off.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 10
Once the pendant is complete, it is time to attach it to our Omega chain. Begin by threading the Omega chain through your Bail's swing hoop. Next, thread one side of your beading as shown. You can either cut your 1.5 inch 26ga half round wire, or string on the roll.

Bend a small round open hoop in the wire and attach it right beside the bail. Make two - three wraps. Trim. Repeat with the other side.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 11
If you haven't centered the pendant and beads on the chain, do so now. Last, tighten the small hoops around the Omega chain where the beads / pendant will not slip or become separated.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 12
The last photo shows the piece mounted with matching earrings.
Joe Rushing's TomBoy Onyx Necklace with Earrings - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,