I'm a big fan of techniques that are easily reproduced but still allow for infinite variations to create a project that's different each time. This simple pendant is one such technique!
****NOTE: This is a Set of Instructions ONLY - the materials and finished product are NOT included in this listing****
I call these Steps of Light Pendants because the linear pattern of faceted Czech glass beads is brilliant when it catches the light.
In addition to the pendant design itself, in this tutorial you will learn:
* how to make a bail without special tools * how to use bail-making pliers * how to use flush cutters properly * how to make a spiral in the middle of a wire (not at the end)
With over 100 photos to demonstrate, I make two pendants from start to finish in this tutorial, including three variations on how finish it up for slightly different looks; along with a couple of suggestions for more!
I firmly believe that making jewellery doesn't need to be difficult OR expensive, so in addition, one pendant walkthrough shows how to make a bail with no special tools, while the other shows how to use professional bailmaking pliers.
100+ crisp, close-up photographs in over 60 steps capture the process for making these irresistible little gems.
I write my tutorials for the absolute beginner. Here in addition to the design itself, I talk about creating symmetry with earring designs and how to properly open and close purchased ear-wires.
You'll get a lot of use out of the techniques in this tutorial. Have fun, and share what you make!
To complete this tutorial you should have basic knowledge of wire tools.
****List of Tools and Materials**** 15" round artistic wire at 20 or 22 gauge 5-7 faceted round glass beads at 2mm; 4mm and/or 6mm in any colorway flush cutters chain nose OR bent chain nose pliers needle-nose pliers Bail-making pliers OR a smooth-barrelled pen or pencil
MY EXPERIENCE Jewellery Tutorials are a perfect fit for me, which means my tutorials are perfect for you. Here's why:
* I'm a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it's like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you'll find workarounds in my tutorials. You'll also find many of my techniques are different from the usual since nobody was teaching when I was learning and I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem!
* My day job is to write course curriculum for online, adult learners, and I'm good at it. So you'll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best! Plus, I make jewellery to sell - and I sell a lot of it - so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.
* I am also a graphic designer, so you'll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place - even if you forget to staple and the whole thing falls apart!
Look for a unique wire style, lots of color, asymmetry, irregular gemstones, inexpensive non-tarnish wire, some steampunk elements, and even some polymer clay.
You keep reading, and I'll keep looking for exciting new ways to help you make jewellery!