from Pam Preslar
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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.
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 at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/necklace/wire-whimsy/45671
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. Tutorials for those can be found at
*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.
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I love sharing jewelry-making techniques!
I write my tutorials assuming that students have no experience. I leave nothing for you to guess about or try to figure out. They contain lots of pages but are filled with full-color step-by-step photos of every detail.
With each tutorial I want you to be able gain a new ability that you can use for a lifetime!