By: Allison from Quiet Lion Creations
This necklace is an Anthropologie knockoff project that is understated yet stunning. The step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a gorgeous crescent of rainbow-colored glass beads to wear as a pendant. Forget paying full price; making your own jewelry is way more fun!
thick gold wire (3mm)
thin gold wire
gold necklace chain
two jump rings
3mm or 4mm round glass beads in assorted colors
1.) Cut a little less than 3 inches of your thick wire. Go outside to your garage or find another hard surface. A sidewalk would even work! It’s OK if your surface is not perfectly smooth (if you have one of those steel hammering blocks,
you could use that) as a slightly textured surface like concrete will add subtle texture to your pendant, which is pretty!
2.) Carefully hold one end of the wire while hammering down, flattening the wire slightly as you go. You don’t want it super flat, just slightly. Use even pressure throughout the wire. When it looks slightly flatter, hammer the ends extra
hard to sort of “push” the wire outwards, flattening it a lot. Your wire should look like this when done. See how the ends are hammered more?
3.) Next make the holes. I positioned a small ice pick with a nice point right at the end of my wire. I tried this with a fine nail at first; it just bent as the wire was stronger than it! So, if you don’t have an ice pick, you could probably use a
tougher nail or a screwdriver. You just need something with a somewhat fine point. Again, I hammered this through both sides of my wire to make holes. Your pendant should look like this when done:
4.) Then add your beads to the pendant. Use about 10 inches of your thinner gold wire; wrap the end around one end of your hammered wire a couple of times to secure. Then, string the beads on the other end. THE ORDER OF THE BEADS IS CRUCIAL TO GETTING THE LOOK; the Anthro necklace goes: clear yellow, yellow, opaque mint, blue, purple, pink, clear, red, orange, jade, pink, red, blue. If you don’t care about it looking the exact same
or don’t have the exact colors of the beads (some of my colors were slightly different hues), then just go with what you want. Start wrapping the beads onto the pendant. Position a bead right against the front of the wire, pull with your right hand tightly while holding the bead with your left, and take the thin wire under the hammered pendant and up behind the back, then back down across the front. Continue about three more times to secure the bead to the pendant before adding another bead. Continue with the other beads to weave on all 12.
5.) When you have the beads strung and excess wire, wrap almost up to the hole, trim, and fold the trimmed end across the back to hide.
6.) Add your jump rings to the holes in the pendant. Attach even lengths of your wire to either end and your clasps to the loose ends of the wire to make a necklace. The Anthro necklace is 17 inches long, but you can alter the length if you want.
You are finished! If you want to experiment, try different colors of wire like silver, bronze, copper, etc. Just make sure all your findings match your metal color. Also, you could use different colors and styles of beads (crystals,
plastic, metal beads, wood, whatever!) to match your personality.