Droplet Pendant – Free Wire Wrapped Jewelry Making Tutorial

The Droplet Pendant
The Droplet Pendant

To make this pendant you’ll need:

  • 1 10mm round bead (hole must be large enough to accommodate two pieces of the thicker wire)
  • 1 briolette bead approximately 8mm tall x 6mm wide
  • 14 inches 18 or 20 gauge dead soft or half hard wire
  • 40 inches 24 gauge dead soft wire
  • an 8mm mandrel, such as a crayola crayon
  • a sharpie marker
  • a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol
  • round nose pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • flush cutter
  • chasing or ball pein hammer
  • anvil or bench block

To begin, coil the 18 gauge wire around the mandrel twice near the center of the wire.

Yet another under-appreciated jewelry making tool
Yet another under-appreciated jewelry making tool

Using the flat nosed pliers, bend both wire tails into 90 degree angles so that the wires can be held together with the double loop sitting atop the wires like a lollipop.

DSC07951Thread both of the wire tails through the 10mm bead and push the bead all the way down so that it sits atop the double loop.

DSC07955Bend each wire tail into a ninety degree angle; each wire should sit in the same plane as the double loop.

DSC07958Cut a 4 inch piece of 24 gauge wire.  Thread this wire through the briolette.

DSC07960Positioning the briolette near the center of the wire, press both wire tails up along the side of the briolette so that they cross above the tip of the briolette.

DSC07963Position the briolette below the round bead.  Select the 24 gauge wire end that passes over the top of the other one.  Coil this wire down and around the 18 or 20 gauge wire near the base of the round bead 2-3 times.

DSC07965Coil the other 24 gauge wire tail around the other 18 or 20 gauge wire tail 2-3 times.

DSC07968Trim the 24 gauge wire ends.

DSC07974Press each 18 or 20 gauge wire up the sides of the round bead toward the double loop.  Keep the wires in the same plane as the double loop.

DSC07975Cut an 18-inch piece of 24 gauge wire.  Coil the 24 gauge wire around the 18 or 20 gauge wire several times, forming each coil immediately next to the previous.  Continue to coil until the coiled section is about 3/4 inch in length.

DSC07984Slide the coil down the 18 or 20 gauge wire until it meets the coils made to secure the briolette to the wire.

DSC07987Continue to coil until you reach the double loop.  When you reach the double loop, include the double loop in the next several coils (about six coils).

DSC07991After several coils, stop coiling the double loop.  Continue coiling up the side wire.  Once you’ve cleared the double loop, sit the pendant down and decide how long you’d like the teardrop section of the pendant to be.  Hold the loose tail of the 18 or 20 gauge wire in place against the round bead and the double loop, and see where the two 18 or 20 gauge wires cross.  Experiment by moving the wire ends in and out to see where you’d like the wires to cross.  When you’ve decided, mark both wires at the crossing point with a dot from your Sharpie.  These marks can be removed later by washing with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

DSC07997Continue coiling up the side wire until you reach the sharpie mark.  Trim both ends of the coiling wire.

Coil the second side wire in the same way as the first, but do NOT trim the coiling wire when you reach the Sharpie mark.  Gently bend the two 18 or 20 gauge wire tails outward several coil lengths above the Sharpie marks.  This is a good time to wash off the Sharpie marks.

DSC08001Hold the two side wires together.  Continue coiling, securing the two side wires together inside several coils.  Straighten the ends of the side wires.

DSC08006Trim the side wires so that they protrude about 1 inch above the top of the coils.

DSC08007Bend the two wire ends outward, keeping them in the same plane as the rest of the work.

DSC08009With the round nose pliers, Curl both ends of the wire upward into simple loops.  Gently hammer these loops to stabilize, being careful not to hammer the rest of the work.  These loops can be used to attach the pendant to jewelry links of your choice.