You ever get new materials and then have to wait until you have time to play? And then MORE new materials come in, and you still can't get to them... and it builds up until you end up combining them all at once into some crazy conglomerate project?
Well, that's how this pendant came into being! Teaspoons, copper wire and beautifully dyed ocean sediment jasper were piling up in my studio while I got married. Well, the honeymoon is over and here they all are on one easily reproducible pendant (see the photos for variation - I made six before creating this tutorial).
There's a good combination of simple techniques here, all shown in clear, step-by-step photos with concise written instructions for complete clarity.
You don't need to use the ocean sediment beads; any relatively flat stone with a side-drilled top edge will work perfectly. And of course you can mix metals in any way you please for a different look each time.
I love the contrast of the brightly coloured stone against the patinaed age of the silver on this striking pendant.
I give you the step-by-step instructions to make the base pendant as shown in the last photo here (with 5 pendants in the pic). You'll also get some tips and hints to create the double-wire decoration, build a style of your own, and create a slightly more interesting pendant as shown in the other photos.
To complete this tutorial you should have basic knowledge of wire tools. I'll show you the rest!
Edit March 1, 2013: It's my birthday and I'm having a sale!
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making ...
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials.
Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my love of colour has guided me to new discoveries. Now, over a decade of self-teaching has produced my distinctive, spontaneous style of wire-sculpted art jewellery.
My pieces weave non-tarnish wire around a wide range of stimulating materials. The warmth of semi-precious gemstones, the unlimited, variegated colours of firepolished glass, and the fascinating textures & history of beach glass all lend their own character to each one-of-a-kind creation. In my steampunk-inspired line, the patina of vintage, salvaged materials contrasts sharply with the bright & modern designs in the surrounding wire.
I love to create and I love to teach and share with others. I hope I can help you find a new technique or pattern you'll love!