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Pendant Findings

Instructions for making pendant findings out of jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools:

Making Pendant Necklace using jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.Making Pendant Earrings using common jewelry making supplies and WigJig jewelry tools.This jewelry making project uses larger cut and faceted gemstone pendants or briolettes to make pendant necklaces and earrings.  This technique works for pendants with either a front to back hole as shown at right, or with a side to side hole as shown at left.  The technique is relatively simple and is therefore suitable for beginners. 

This technique does not require one of our WigJig Jewelry Making Tools, but does use the techniques for making a wrapped loop in jewelry wire.  For this technique, we recommend 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire and preferably half-hard jewelry wire if available. 

The two gemstones shown here may appear to be colored glass, but they are actually cut and faceted cubic zirconia gemstones.  The reason that using a material like cubic zirconia is better than using cut glass is that glass has the same hardness as sand and dust and can therefore lose its polish while cubic zirconia is much harder than dust and sand and therefore is resistant to losing its polish. 

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • Gemstone Pendants or Briolettes
  • 8 inches of 22 gauge round, preferably half-hard jewelry wire,
  • Commercial ear wire and/or chain & clasp
  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter ,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • 20 minutes of free time

Making Pendant Earrings out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.Step-by-step instructions for making a pendant using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Begin by cutting a 5' segment of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Half-hard jewelry wire will work better than softjewelry  wire if it is available.

Step 2:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten this segment of jewelry wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your pliers.

Step 3:  Make a 90 degree bend in the jewelry wire about 1 1/4 inch from one end of the wire.  For a larger pendant stone, you may need to increase this length to 1 1/2 inch from the end. 

Step 4:  Slide your gemstone on the long segment of jewelry wire and position it next to the 90 degree bend as shown below-left.

Step 5:  While holding the gemstone firmly against the 90 degree bend, then using your fingers, bend the opposite side of the wire up.  In the picture shown below-center, one side of the jewelry wire is 1 1/4" long, the other side of the wire is 3 1/3" long. 

Step 6:  Again, using your fingers, bend both jewelry wire segments so that they cross one another.  The point where they cross should be above the gemstone, but centered, as shown below-right. 

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Step 7 to instructions for Making Pendant Earrings using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 7:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the shorter segment of jewelry wire above the gemstone, prior to the point where the two wires cross and bend the wire horizontal.

Step 8:  Again using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the longer segment of jewelry wire prior to the point where the wires cross than bend the wire vertical.  The picture at right shows how the wire should appear after completing step 8. 

Step 9:  Grasp both the longer and shorter wire segments immediately above the gemstone (before where the wires cross) with your bent chain nose pliers.  Hold both segments of jeelry wire firmly with the pliers in your non-dominant hand and using your dominant hand wrap the shorter wire segment around the longer wire segment about 2 times. 

Step 10:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire on the shorter (horizontal) wire segment.  This will leave a very small wire tail sticking up.  Using two pair of bent chain nose pliers, hold the two wire segments in with one pair of pliers in your non-dominant hand and using the second pair of pliers, squeeze and twist the pliers to bend the small wire tail flat. 

Step 11:  Now we are ready to make the wrapped loop at the top of this pendant.  First, you need to determine the orientation of the loop so that the pendant will hang properly.  To begin the loop you need to make a 90 degree bend in the wire in the orientation of the finished loop.  This is done by grasping the long segment of wire immediately above the wrap that we completed in step 10 with our bent chain nose pliers.  While holding the wire with your pliers, use your fingers to push the wire against the jaws of your pliers to bend the top of the wire about 90 degrees as shown below-center. 

Step 12:  Now we need to use our round nose pliers to make a loop in the wire.  Making this loop is a two step process.  To begin, grasp the wire as close to the 90 degree bend as possible, but on the long, horizontal segment of wire using your round nose pliers.  Then push the wire around the jaw of your pliers.  The jaws of your pliers will prevent you from pushing the wire in a complete loop, so in the first part of this process, we stop with the wire appearing as shown below-right.

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Step 13 to instructions for Making Pendant Earrings using jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 13:   Reposition the jaws of your pliers so that you have room to complete the loop then push the wire the rest of the way around.  Ideally, you will want to make this second wrap in the opposite direction from the wrap that you completed in step 9.  This is a little hard to figure out, but with practice one can see why this is important and how to accomplish it.  When you have completed the loop, inspect it visually to ensure that it is centered above the wire from the gemstone.  If it isn't centered, insert your round nose pliers into the loop and bend it left or right until it is centered. 

Step 14:  Now we are ready to wrap the loop at the top closed.  Grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers while holding the pliers in your non-dominant hand.  Holding the loop in your pliers is designed to preserve the round shape of the loop while you wrap the end of the wire around itself.  Wrap the wire about 3 times around, until the gap in the wrap is closed. 

Step 15:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire.  This will leave a small wire tail sticking out as shown below-left. 

Step 16:  Grasp the loop again with one pair of bent chain nose pliers and using a second pair of bent chain nose pliers, squeeze and twist the small wire tail flat so that it doesn't stick out. 

Step 17:  You are now ready to add your ear wire or a chain, depending upon whether you are making earrings or a necklace. 

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Making Pendant Necklaces using jewelry wire shaped with jewelry making tools.Making a pendant necklace requires a different orientation of your loop at the top, than you would use for making earrings.  Fortunately, if you need to, you can change the orientation of your loop at the top.  This is done by grasping the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and twisting the loop as required. 

When making a pendant for a necklace it is a good idea to have a larger loop at the top.  This allows room to add a chain with a small clasp already on it. For a chain with a larger clasp, you may need to make the chain after threading a piece of un-terminated chain through the loop at the top of your pendant. 

Click here for directions to modify a pre-made chain so that the chain will fit through the loop in your pendant.

Teardrop Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry tools.We hope you like these pendant earrings and necklaces.  We now have another design for how to make a bezel type of hanging for a large pendant style gemstone like the one shown at right.  We have added these instructions to our web site here.  These instructions may be slightly more advanced, but the results seem to be worth it.  We suggest that everyone visit the above web page to view these jewelry making instructions. 

On the following web page we show a 1 minute necklace project using our pendant CZs and a pinch bail finding. 

Making Pendant Necklaces Using a Bail Jewelry Making FindingHere is a pendant necklace project that takes about a minute to complete.  This project uses our pinch bail finding, item 3435 in gold filled, or item 3437 in sterling silver, and some sterling silver or gold filled chain to make a necklace using one of our Cubic Making a Bail Pendant Necklace using common jewelry making supplies.Zirconia pendants.   The tools required are a thumb and forefinger.  We recommend using our 22x30mm Pear Pendants or our 18mm Flat Pear Pendants to make these necklaces.  Both these pendant gemstones have front-to-back holes that make them perfectly suited for this project.  We also recommend using curb style of chain, items 3319 in gold filled or our item 3318 in sterling silver.  These chains come in an 18" length with a lobster claw type clasp.  The most time consuming task in making these necklaces is to gather the materials.  After that, it takes about 20 seconds to assemble the necklace as described in the following paragraph. 

Assembly of the necklace begins by positioning the bail finding with the two prongs of the bail in the holes on your pendant gemstone.  See the picture below-left for what a bail finding looks like.  In the picture below-center you can view how the two prongs of the bail finding are placed in the holes of the pendant.  After the two prongs are positioned properly, squeeze the bail finding using your thumb and fore finger until it flattens against your pendant bead.  Since not all pendants are the same, it is possible that you will find some pendants that will not fit the bail finding.  In this case you may find that you want to file either the end of the prongs on the bail, or the side of the prongs on the bail, or sometimes both with your jeweler's files.  Filing the ends of the prongs will help to close the bail finding when the pendant is thinner.  Filing the side of the prongs on the bail finding will help to allow the prongs to fit into a hole in the pendant when the hole is smaller.  You may also find that using nylon jaw pliers will help you to pinch the bail closed when it is a tight fit.  Finally, when the bail is pinched closed, thread your chain through the bail and you have a completed pendant necklace. 

 

 

 

Pinch view jewelry making finding

 

 

 

Side view of pendant made with pinch bail jewelry making finding

Pinch Bail Pendant Necklace made out of common jewelry supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

The jewelry making skills described above are great projects for an advanced beginner or intermediate jewelry crafter.  The necklaces or earrings made following these instructions can be very attractive and won't take a lot of time to make.  If you haven't tried these techniques you should!

 

 



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