Balance Pendant

I call this pendant “Balance” as it must actually balance. The tutorial will teach you how to create matched sides in terms of look and weight so that your pendant hangs straight and is in balance.

$12.00

Full color photographs and textual descriptions are included for each step. I also include design variations.

I cover many wire techniques that you can use in designs of your own in addition to this design.
I will cover how to weave the woven bar, make curly loops, make a bail and two ways to wrap a bead. The woven bar is covered in large wire full color so you can easily follow from the photos alone. Each photo also has accompanying text description.

I do not cover how to make spirals or infinity links. If you want to learn these technique please see my Wire Whimsy Tutorial.

See the matching earrings tutorial here    The earrings use the same woven bar as the pendant but a smaller version. The earrings tutorial also covers some techniques not included in the pendant tutorial.

The woven bar covered in this tutorial works great with my Sunburst Pendants and Woven Triangle Pendant.

 Check out the slide show of the pieces you could create from this wire jewelry tutorial.

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MATERIALS
•30” (76 cm) 18 gauge round dead soft wire,
•16” (40 cm) approximately 20 or 21 gauge round wire (for the focal and accent beads),
•24” (61 cm) 24 gauge round dead soft wire,1 1/2” (4 cm) fine chain, 18mm round focal bead,Accent beads

TOOLS (Click below for more details on any item)
•Round Nose pliers
•Flat Nose pliers
•Flush wire cutter
•Bent nose pliers (optional)
All of the above can be found in kits on this web site by clicking here.
Micro coiling pliers – one jaw round, the other jaw is flat (optional)
Bail making pliers (optional)
Ring clamp (optional)
Wire Weaving Mandrels, 18 gauge (optional)

***Notes about the Materials and Tools***
•The chain should have links large enough to fit a 20 gauge wire.
•For the focal bead I used an 18mm round lapis lazuli bead. You can use anything you like in place of this. I chose a flat bead so that it will lay flat on the chest.
•For accent beads in the main photo I used and one 8mm flat round and an 8mm saucer bead, each with copper bead caps on each side of the bead. The bead caps are optional and you can use beads you prefer.
•In the second photo I used some copper beads and a copper flower charm. You can use anything you prefer.
•I weave the 24 gauge wire onto mandrels and replace the mandrels with the 18 gauge wire after I am done weaving.
•I find that I tend to mangle the base wires a bit while weaving and I want them to be nice and straight. Weaving on to mandrels allows me to slide the base wires in after the weave is created. In place of mandrels you can use some hard wire or just harden your own dead soft wires.
•You can check the listings for details posted for photos of the tools. Click on any of these items to see details and a photos.

PREREQUISITES
You should already know these basic wire skills NOT covered in this tutorial. The things are covered in my Wire Whimsy 1 – How to Make Wire Jewelry Tutorial.

  • Basic handling of tools.
  • You should be able to make a spiral. This skill is covered in many other places and is not included in this tutorial.
  • You should be able to make a bail. You can use a jump ring or make a figure 8 (infinity loops) or you can make something more complex. This is not covered in this tutorial.
  • Oxidizing, antiquing, or apply a patina (optional)
  • Straightening wire.