Friday, February 11, 2011

Wire Nest Bail Tutorial

1. Cut 18" of 24 gauge wire.

2. Pull the wire through the pendant hole, centering the pendant on the wire. (Add a charm at this point if you want - example shown in the last two photos.) Wrap the wire around the pendant, forming a large loop measuring 3/4" tall.

3.  Repeat with both the front and back wire.

4. With the wire at the front of the pendant, wrap it up and around the loops until you run out of wire. Repeat with the back wire until the loop is covered and secure.

5. Trim any excess wire.

6. Push the trimmed ends of the wire as close as possible to the loops to avoid snagging wires.

To finish off the pendant add a few wrapped dangles unto a jump ring and attach to the bail.  String a silk ribbon on the jump ring for an easy way to finish the pendant.

Click on the collage to see the images larger.

Pendant: Humblebeads. Glass: Dream Girl Beads. Charm, wire & ribbon: Bello Modo.

25 comments:

Liz Revit said...

I like the wire that was used in this project. Do you have a recommended source for the wire?

Heather Powers said...

Hi Liz - the sources are listed below the last photo. I buy my wire from Bello Modo.

maneki said...

I really like this style and it fits so well with the "theme" so to speak as it reminds me of tangled dried grass.

Must try it sometime -- many thanks for the tut!

rosebud101 said...

Great tutorial, Heather! Thank you!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I just ordered one of these I can't wait to get it!

Holly said...

Now thinking frantically of what focals I have that would work with this treatment! :) Thanks, love this!

Charlene said...

I love this,very beautifully done!

Gardanne said...

Thanks for sharing Heather, just when I think everything has been done with a nest, you come up with something new.

lightinglittlefires said...

So beautiful!! and what a clear tutorial, thanks so much for sharing :)

Cynthia said...

How fabulous is that?!?! Love it, and will try it tonight!

Christine said...

That's such a great bail - thanks for the tutorial!!

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Simply beautiful!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Sherri said...

Thanks for sharing the instructions-I really like that bail!

Anna Lear said...

Many thanks for this tutorial!! I just got a bunch of ceramic pendants and have been trying to think of a better way to hang them besides a plain wire bail -- this is perfect! I just love the materials you chose; so earthy, and everything comes together naturally.

Liz Revit said...

Hi, Heather. Thanks for pointing out the sources. I don't know how I missed them.

Have a great weekend.

KeRobinson said...

Oh WOW, now this is really COOL!
How Unique :)

Klassy Joolz said...

Thanks so much for sharing...what a great techique and so cool!!!

I'm going to try it today...

Smiles, Pam

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 10:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Cinnamon said...

I must admit that this is the very first piece involving wire wrapping that I did not find to be chintzy. Well done!

Heather said...

Gorgeous, I love brass so much it really blends beautifully with your clay pendant colors Heather.
Thank you for the wire bail tutorial. I love the natural look of that technique. Very nice!

gypsy said...

I've not made any jewelry, but this looks enticing and intriguing to try. Thank you for sharing - and the photography is lovely!

The Beading Gem said...

This is awesome! It's not often I see a bail made from finer wire and yet is strong enough for the purpose. I love how it can be embellished in different ways. I will link in a future post so others can come visit! Pearl

Debbie said...

What a great bail! Thanks for sharing

HJC Editor said...

Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/ in future post.

Thanks!
Jane
http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/