My scattered work table, kinda like the inside of my brain
If you’ve known me for a while, you know I make jewelry, obviously. I dabble in a few different kinds of jewelry, but wire wrapping isn’t something I do much of. It’s hard for me to do because I don’t have a lot of strength in my hands and they go numb sometimes too. But, I came across some sand stone beads that a friend had given me a while ago. I wanted to do something with them, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them.
Sand stone beads, soon to be pendants
They looked like they could be pendants, but they had a hole at the top and bottom, drilled front to back. So I was looking on the internet for some inspiration and ideas. I gave some serious thought to wrapping them in wire, so I sat down at my work table and started fiddling around with some 20g silver wire. Sadly, I don’t have much of it, because I usually only use it for simple wrapped loops and other things that don’t use a lot of wire, so I didn’t have the ability to experiment a lot.
After a couple of tries I came up with four simple, but beautiful wire wrapped pendants. Rather than trying to figure out beaded necklaces for them, I just strung them onto leather cords because I didn’t want to detract from the pendants.
I also decided to try making a pair of earrings to go with one of the pendants. I started out with memory wire because I had been trying to make memory wire earrings before, but that’s a topic for another post. However, one of the beads I was using wouldn’t go over the memory wire, so I decided to try using more 20g wire to make hoops, but the same bead that wouldn’t go over the memory wire also wouldn’t go over the 20g wire very easily.
Out of aggravation, I decided to take a break so I wouldn’t lose my mind. I went back to them a few hours later and at first I just sat at my work table and thought. Then, I pulled out my beading wire and decided to try making the earrings out of that. Turns out, it worked out perfectly. They’re a bit more dangly than I normally wear, but they turned out great and they have a beachy feel.
The finished pendants and earrings
I still need to get better pictures of each necklace and the earrings so I can list them in my shop on StorEnvy. But, keep an eye out for when they’re listed!
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