Topaz Sunburst Pendant – DIY Jewelry Wire Wrapping Tutorials .

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Topaz Sunburst Pendant – DIY Jewelry Wire Wrapping Tutorials .

A dazzling array of amber and gold beads radiates out from a faceted gem in this brilliant pendant design. This project uses creative wirewrapping techniques to create a sparkling halo of seed beads that enchants the eye while complementing the topaz focal bead to perfection.
This piece would make a lovely gift—if you can bear to part with it!

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Materials:  

 Jewelry Essentials 10/0 seed beads in clear crystal, light and dark topaz
 Artistic Wire 18 gauge
 Artistic Wire 26 gauge
 round nose pliers
 flat nose pliers
 wire cutters

Instructions:

1.) With flat nose pliers, create a 45-degree angle in a piece of 18 gauge wire, 1.5 inches from the end. Wrap and smooth the rest of the wire around an object that is the same size as your center gem to form a circle. Create another 45-degree angle to match the first, leaving a 1.5-inch tail.

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2.) Wrap a small piece of 18 gauge wire around the two tails at their base four times. Trim the excess wire and smooth down the sharp end.

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3.) The amount of 24 gauge wire you will need to add beads to the circle is too long to work with comfortably. I used 24-inch lengths, adding new pieces as I needed. Wrap the wire end around the 18 gauge three times near the
center of the circle.

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4.) Attach a dark topaz, clear crystal, and light topaz bead to the 24 gauge wire.

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5.) Holding the beads ½ inch away from the  circle, make a curve in the wire above the light topaz bead.

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6.) Slide the beads onto the curve. Grasp the  three beads as though they are one and twist them around three times, making a wrap in the wire below them.

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7.) Wrap the 24 gauge wire around the circle wire three times. (Note: The 24 gauge wraps are not pictured in the remainder of the photos.)

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8.) Add three more beads to the wire and repeat these same steps until the entire circle is filled. Finish at the center top by wrapping the wire three times and clipping off the excess. Smooth the sharp wire end.

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9.) Wrap the center of a new piece of 24 gauge  wire around the base of the tails. Bring the ends down vertically.

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10.) Add the gem to the vertical wires and  secure them to the center bottom of the circle with a triple wrap. Trim the ends and smooth the sharp wire edges.

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11.) Use round nose pliers to shape the wire  tails into a loop. Cut away excess wire. Bend and reposition the beads around the circle where necessary.

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By: Gloria Uhler