Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Simple Nest Necklace


Short on time and need to whip up a 1/2 dozen Chrismtas gifts?  Give this easy project a try.

24" 24 gauge steel wire
15mm gunmetal jump ring
18" gunmetal chain
Tiny nest charm

1. Leaving a 3" tail of wire, wrap the wire in a circle slightly larger than the charm.
2. Continue wrapping the wire over and under, forming the nest shape.  Wrap the wire three times around the entire bundle of wire.  Leave 6" of wire.
3. Pull the 3" tail of wire through the charm and up and around the top of the nest.  Wrap a loop around the pliers twice to form a double loop.  
4. Wrap the rest of the wire from the 3" tail around the base of the loop.  Wrap the remaining wire around the loop to from an entwined loop.
5. Add jump ring to the loop and string the chain through the jump ring.  Buff the wire with Vintaj's Metal Relief Block or a polishing pad.

Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for my entire collection of tiny charms!

Last week on Earrings Everyday I featured this variation using Meadowlark charms and tiny nests.  I left 3" tails of wire on both ends of the nest to create the wrapped loops.


somethingunique said...

Hi Heather, what a unique,rustic way to add whimsy to your cute charms...by the way mine flew into the mail box this week and they are abso fabu...so much detail on a tiny little canvas...take care & have a great day...
ttfn Lana

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

The necklace is really fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

KayzKreationz said...

Great tutorial. I've wondered how to do that. Thanks for posting.

LisaS said...

These earrings are lovely. Thank you for sharing your technique ;)

Jewels By Ine said...

I like it very much! It doesn't look simple! realy nice

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Spirited Earth said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial..can't wait to make a few of these for the Holidays.
I shared a link on my blog.

Jewelry Trays said...

I must say, that necklace has a real refined earthy look to it. Really great work!