How To: Twisted Pendant
The great thing about this twisted pendant is, you can really utilize some your miss matched beads you have lying around. Really have fun with it and remember you can always start again!
In this post, I will show you how to expand your skill by learning how to make an ornate wire design. From here you have the skills to make many wonderful creations such as tiaras, flowers, and cascading pendants, among many others. This is a great skill to practice for your design repertoire.
Since we are Art and Soul Beads we have to make it spectacular with all Swarovski Crystal components! You can see a few variations, but the steps are really the same depending on how big or little you want your masterpiece to be.
1. Things you will need
The tools you will need:
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Anti-roll matte
- Misc beads. Note: The beads that go up the center of the pendant have to have a large enough hole for four 26 gauge wires
- 26 gauge crafting wire color of choice
To make the Art and Soul beads version of the Twisted Pendant, you will need:
The first thing you want to do is lay out your desired pendant idea on to an anti-roll matte. This will help you decide how many beads you want to use and its a great way to visualize the color combinations you have come up with.
Image A: Cut two strands of the 26 gauge wire about 20 inches each. I like to have plenty left over for many reasons. I have been known to be overly inspired, and just keep adding beads... you may want to do that too, but let us get through this one first.
Image B: Place the two strands together, find the middle and twist them together just a little under an inch.
Take your round nose pliers down the tapered tool and make a U shape in the wire. We are going to hang our anchor piece here.
We are going to cross over this U shape to secure it with the wire. All pendants are different and, in this case, the Swarovski Avant-Garde needs a really large area to hang comfortably. I am always sure to check before I move on.
Cross over the second side of the wire and give it a slight twist.
The beads that go up the center of the pendant have to have a large enough hole for all four wires. Thread your wires through the bead, and place it at the bottom just under your few twists.
Give the 4 wires just a little twist. Grab one of the wires, and pull it down towards the pendant on the Left. Place it on the bottom bead and, slide it down until it's about 1/4th inch from the end of the wire.
Loop the wire back tightly on the crystal and start to twist it around the 1/4 inch area.
Stabilize the whole pendant in your hand and twist the wire gradually twisting back toward the other three wires. * This is what my hands look like every time I twist my wire no matter the bead.
Once your twist has made it back to the group of the other wires push it up so they are all back to going in the same direction. Now for the right side. Select one strand of wire and pull it down towards the pendant. Place your chosen bead on to the wire until it is about 1/4 inch from the base. Repeat these steps until you have your desired first section. Here are a few picture back to back
Sweet! Now we are ready to add our second base bead.... here goes
Here is where you will really want to be creative. I usually like it when my center twist is a little longer but its totally up to you. Find one wire and add on your bottom selected bead. Find a good spot down the wire. Loop the wire back around the bead nice and tight and git it a twist. Same as before. Here are a few pictures to watch my top section take place
Twist Twist Twist! Add your last bead through all four strands of wire. I like to push down on that top bead tightly to crunch that mess of wire as much as possible. Gather the Four wires and start to twist them all together until they are tightly wound together. I think it makes the look we are about to make match perfectly with the theme of the pendant.
We are going to take our round nose pliers and make a standard wrapped loop
Hold it with your flat nose gently so you so not damage your pretty twist. Wrap the access around and trim the remainder
My hand was shaky at this point. Only one more step before we enjoy! Take your flat nose pliers and gently place each of your beads exactly where you want them. Push some of them going up and some going down.
Now Enjoy! These look great on just a chain or beads.
Thank you so much for checking out my Twisted pendant blog. Defiantly give it a try you will love having the wire experience!Happy Beading, Emily Kaniasty www.artandsoulbeads.com