Sorry I've been MIA, just been busy at work and at home.
But I'm back and wanted to share my latest craft, a
Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant
I am a sucker for all things sparkly and intricate.
This pendant has all the things I love,
and it's easy to do,
and it's purple!
You don't necessarily need a cabochon, any oval shaped
jewel, stone, rock would work just fine.
22 Gauge Wire - I used Sterling Silver (found at Michael's Craft store)
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
So here is my pretty cab. I actually made this guys with dichroic and purple glass.
Measure out 10 inches of wire.
It will be a bit wild, as shown.
Find the middle of the wire and the middle of the cabochon.
Mark the middle and top and bottom third.
Bend the wire at the top third.
Wrap around the front of the cabochon
and then secure on the middle wire.
Repeat on the bottom end.
Once both ends are secure, cut the remaining wire lengths.
You can take your needle nose pliers and twist the middle wire to tighten.
The back should look like this.
And this is the front.
Now on to the embellishments.
Cut 2 wires, one 3 inches and one 2.5 inches in length,
smooth them out into a curve (I used a pen) and bend both ends.
Starting with the 2.5 inch length,
attach one end to the back bottom loop and tighten (squeeze) with the pliers.
Attach the other end to the top and tighten
Next take the 3 inch length and repeat.
You will need to play with your placement to get it just right.
Here is mine from the back.
Just be sure to bend all the wire ends in and squeeze so they are nice, tight,
and don't scratch you.
Finally, attach the jump ring to the center point of your pendant.
And you are all set!
Here is a close up.
I attached mine to a wire necklace I already had.
Here I am modeling my new pendant.
Hope you like it as much as I do!
I really like the asymmetrical look and
how the silver plays off the colors in the cabochon.
I find that wire wrapping is a log of trial and error.
Believe me, I have kinked up plenty of wire trying to get the right look.
Just take your time and have fun.
You'll be glad you tried it.
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