Monday, November 8, 2010

Freebies on Monday - Tutorial: Wrapped Rectangular Pendant

This tutorial from our team member Albina from AroundBeads shows how to make a wrapped rectangular pendant.

Materials for one pendant:
* 1 rectangular shaped gem bead, approx.
1 ¼”x 1 ¼
* 2
2ga round soft wire
* with 1 foot of wire you can make 3 wraps around 1 ¼”x 1 ¼” bead.

Tools needed:

* Flush cutter

* Round nose pliers

* Flat nose pliers

Step 1:

Cut a piece of 22ga wire
Make a 90˚ bend 1” from one end of the wire. Make a simple loop. DO NOT CUT the wire!

Step 2:

Bend short end at angle of 90
˚ so both wire ends are parallel.

Step 3: Insert both ends** into bead’s hole, leaving 2 mm “neck” between the loop and the bead. **If the bead’s hole is not big enough for two ends of wire, make a wrapped loop instead of simple loop, trim the short tail, and insert the wire into bead’s hole.

Step 4:
Bend the wire on the back of the bead

Step 5:
On the distance of about ¼ of the bead, make a bend at the angle of 90?.

Step 6:
Wrap once around the bead…

Step 7:
On the back side, insert the wire end into “loop”.

Step 8:
Tighten carefully.

Step 9:
In the middle of the bead, make another bend at the angle of 90˚, wrap around the bead…

Step 10:
Insert the wire end into “loop” like in step 7.

Step 11:
Continue “stitching” in the same manner until the last stitch.

Step 12:
Tighten carefully the wire after finishing the last stitch. Bring the wire to the top of the bead…

… and wrap 2-3 times around the “neck”.

Step 14:
Trim the wire.

This is how your wrapped stone will look like from the front and the back.

If you like straight wires on a front, your pendant is done :) …

Front Back

Step 15:
… Or, you can make “waves”.
Using your flat nose pliers, grab the wire and slightly twist.

Step 16: Final

Do the same with the rest wires twisting them in the same direction as the first one. You are done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please do not distribute, lend or copy. Do not mass produce.

Copyrights 2009 Albina Manning



Yulia Kazansky said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thank you, Albina!

GalaFilc said...

Very interesting tutorial!
Thank you!

Arctida said...

Such a wonderful tutorial! Great job Albina!

SocksAndMittens said...

Lovely work and well shown process. Thank you!

Albina said...

Thank you ladies for all your comments!

TonyaUtkina said...

Amazing! I liked the "know-how" park about twisting! It adds uniqueness to the wonderful item!
Thank you for sharing!

Dionne said...

very easy and comprehensive tutorial. Thank you. I want to feature this article on our blog someday.

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