Woven Wire Pendant2- 8” pieces of 18 gauge soft wire 1- Large flat bead (I used a Kazuri bead)6’ piece of 26 gauge soft wire3-10” pieces 26 gauge soft wire1. We will be weaving 2. Add the second 18 3. Pass the working wirefrom the center out to the gauge wire on top of the behind the two 18 gaugeends. Start in the middle first. Wrap once around wires.of the 18 gauge wire. it with the 26 gauge wire.Fold the 26 gauge wire inhalf and wrap it oncearound the 18 gaugewire. The working end ofthe wire in on the rightand pointing up.4. Wrap the thin wire 5. Wrap once around the 6. To make the loop foronce around the bottom top thick wire. Repeats the dangle, add a shortthick wire ending with the 3, 4 and 5 to continue piece of scrap wire or athin wire pointing up and weaving. Push the wraps corsage pin to the bottomcrossing the two thick close together with your wire before doing Steps 4wires. fingernails as you work. and 5 and wrap around both the scrap wire and the bottom wire.To weave the other side, flip the piece from end to end and continue with Steps3, 4 and 5.
7. To determine how 8. Continue weaving an 9. Shape the framemuch to weave, wrap a equal amount on both around your bead. Put apiece of tape about ¾ of sides of the loop for the corsage pin through thethe way around the bead. dangle until it is the bead hole and makeRemove tape and stick to length of your tape. Then Sharpie marks on theyour ruler. continue coiling the top frame lining up with the wires only for 1 ½ to 1 holes. ¾”.10. Use the corsage pin 11. Center the bead on a 12. Pass each wire endto make an opening in 10” piece of 26 gauge back through the bead.the weave large enough wire and pass the endsto pass a thin wire from the back to the frontthrough. through the spaces in the weave you just made.13. Pull the ends firmly 14. Trim the center two 15. With round nosethrough without kinking wires to a length of 2” pliers begin to make athe wire and wrap each from where the weaving spiral on the two outerwire around itself 3 or 4 ends. Trim the outer wires.times. Trim in the back. wires to 1 ½”. 2
16. Switch to flat nose 17. Spiral the two inner 18. Use flat nose plierspliers and continue to wires in the same to turn the two outerform the wire into a loose manner. These two spirals toward the bead.spiral. spirals should meet in the This prevents the bead center. from spinning.19. To attach the bail 20. Add the jump ring to 21. Pass the wire backbegin by wrapping twice the wire and wrap around through the jump ring andaround the two center the left spiral. wrap once around thespirals with a 10” length right spiral. Go back andof 26 gauge wire. forth through the jump ring four times. …22. ….and finish off by 23. To attach a briolette, 24. Make a 90 degreewrapping the wire around center the stone on a 10” bend at the tip of thethe jump ring in the back piece of 26 gauge wire. stone.3 or 4 times. Trim the Pinch the wires togetherwire ends and press at the point of the stone.down with pliers. 3
You can use a hard boiled egg to oxidize your pendant. Boil the egg and, while still hot, roughly chop it into a few pieces. Place the egg and the pendant into an airtight container such as a Baggie or a small Tupperware container.25. Make a loop around 26. Feed the wire ends They don’t need to beyour round nose pliers. into the loop in your touching. The sulfur frame and wrap the wires gasses from the egg will around the tip of the darken the copper. briolette. End the wires When the copper is dark, by angling them up and remove it and rinse with wrapping once around cold water. Buff with just under the loop. 0000 steel wool or a Scotchbrite pad to remove the patina from the high points.Copyright 2009 Nancy Wickman 4