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Balance Pendant

from Pam Preslar
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Balance Pendant
Balance Pendant
Balance Pendant
Balance Pendant
Balance Pendant
Balance Pendant

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • How to make a wire spiral
  • How to make infinity links or chain

Pattern Description:

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
https://www.etsy.com/listing/130228927/woven-triangle-pendant-jewelry-making and

*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 photos of them in my shop.


  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Flush wire cutters
  • Bent nose pliers (optional)
  • Micro coiling pliers (optional)
  • Bail making pliers (optional)
  • Ring clamp (optional)
  • Wire Weaving Mandrels (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • 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

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