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Simple Steps of Light Pendant Tutorial


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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

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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Gayle Bird Designs
Gayle Bird Designs
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!