Simple Steps of Light Pendant Tutorial

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Simple Steps of Light Pendant Tutorial Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details





Skill Level:

little skill level requirement Novice

Pattern Description:

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!

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.

You'll get a lot of use out of the techniques in this tutorial. Have fun, and share what you make!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 2" pendant


  • 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
  • Bail-making pliers OR a smooth-barrelled pen or pencil

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Reviews

Average Review (of 2 reviews)
las81101 on

Excellent Thank you, Gayle!  July 14, 2013

Gayle did a great job in her precise instructions and photos, and she also gives variations so you can use your creativity to individualize your pendant. This project was easy and fun. Next time, I plan to use gemstone beads.

BethT on

Good It really is simple...and beautiful!  January 28, 2013

I am SO glad I bought this pattern! It's a wonderfully well written and easy to understand intro to wire wrapping with the bonus of bail instructions that can be used on MANY other projects! Beware though...your fingers will get sore from bending the wire! They will eventually toughen up. Suggestion: wear a thin suede or cotton glove to protect your fingers.

About Designer

About Designer

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Gayle Bird Designs
by Gayle Bird
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
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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 ...

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