Eye of the Beholder Pendant

by Deborah Kelly

Materials Needed

  • 4 – 12 inch long pieces 18 gauge round wire

  • 1 – 7 foot long piece of 24 gauge wire.

  • 1 – 10mm bead

Tools need

  • Wire cutters

  • Chain or flat nose pliers

  • 6 step bail making pliers or 7 mm mandrel


Step 1

Take the 24 gauge weaving wire and wrap one end of it 3 times around the middle of one of the 18 gauge wires.

Step 2

Place a 2nd 18 gauge wire next to the wrapped one and wrap around both wires once.

Bring the weaving wire between the two wires to get ready for step 3.

Step 3

Place a 3rd 18 gauge wire next to the 2nd one and wrap the weaving wire around the 2nd and 3rd once.

Bring the weaving wire between the 2nd and 3rd wire to prepare for the next step.

Step 4

Place the 4th and final wire next to the 3rd wire and wrap the 3rd and 4th wire once with the weaving wire.

Step 5

Take the weaving wire down behind 3 base wires (4th, 3rd, and 2nd).

Bring it thru between the 1st and 2nd wire.

Wrap weaving wire around the 2nd and 3rd wires once.

Step 6

Take the weaving wire down behind the wires to the bottom and wrap up around the 1st and 2nd base one once.

Looking at the weave from the front side the weaving wire should go over 2 wires at a time after the original 3 wraps.

Step 7

Wrap the 1st wire 3 times with the weaving wire.

Step 8

Repeat steps 2 thru 7 six more times or until this weave is one inch long.

Step 9

Cut off the beginning weaving wire tail and smooth down with pliers.

Bend the 1st base wire at a 90 degree angle away from the other base wires right at the beginning of the weave.

Put the bead on the bent wire.

Step 10

Bend the weave around the bead.

Bend the wire going thru the bead right where it comes out of the bead to lay beside the rest of the wires coming out of the weave on that side of the bead.

Bend the two wires farthest from the bead (on the side of the bead with 5 wires) off to the side.

Step 11

Wrap the weaving wire around the wire coming out of the bead and the wire next to it once.

Leave a space the size of the weaving wire between the two base wires.

Step 12

Wrap the weaving wire around all three base wires that are along side each other.

Make sure there is a space big enough for the weaving wire to go thru between each base wire.

Step 13

Wrap the weaving wire around the wire coming out of the bead and the wire next to it once.

Step 14

Next wrap the weaving wire around the wire thru the bead 3 times.

Step 15

Continue this weave of wrapping two wires one, then all three wires once, then two wires one and then the one wire 3 times.

Do this weave for 2 ½ inches.

Step 16

At one inch up the last weave done bend weave around the 2nd largest step on the bail making pliers.

Bend towards the back on the pendant around the pliers.

Bring the rest of the weave in a curve around the side of the bead and down to where the 1st weave started.

This 2nd weave should go to the bottom of the 1st weave.

Step 17

End the weaving wire by cutting it close to the base wire and using pliers to smooth down.

Wrap the weave to the back side of the pendant going over the 1st weave done.

Step 18

Cut off the 3 base wires sticking out of the last weave done and crimp around the 1st weave next to the bead.

Step 19

On the side of the pendant with 2 wires sticking out wrap the top wire (the one closes to the bail) with the weaving wire 3 times.

Step 20

Wrap the weaving wire around both wires twice.

Then around the the first wire three times, then around both wires twice again.

Repeat this pattern.

Step 21

Repeat this weave on these two wires for 2 ½ inches.

End the weaving wire after wrapping the one wire 3 times by cutting it close to the wire it is wrapped around and smoothing down with pliers.

Step 22

Take what is left of the weaving wire and coil it around the top wire (closest to the bail) of the three wires on the other side of the pendant.

Step 23

Coil this wire for 2 ¾ inches.

Cut off the extra wire and smooth the end down.

Cut off any tail ends of wire and smooth with pliers.

Step 24

Take the bottom wire out of the 3 next to each other and fold it over the end of the weave on the back side of the pendant.

Cut off just long enough to fold over the cut ends on the back of the pendant and crimp down.

Make sure there is no sharp edges.

Step 25

Take the two wire weave and bring it around the bead going over the top of the bead first.

Keep the weave flat while doing this.

Bring the weave up over where it started.

Step 26

Take the bare wire from the other side of the pendant and wrap it up and around the weave going around the bead.

While going around go under the weave not attached at the side.

Bring the bare wire back to where it started and wrap around to the back of the pendant.

Step 27

Take the coiled wire and wrap around on the out side of the bare wire all the way around the weave and bead.

Make sure to go behind where the 2 wire weave it sticking up from the pendant.

Bring the coiled wire to the back of the pendant where it started.

Step 28

Bring the 2 wire weave to the back of the pendant.

Cut the wires off long enough to tuck around the weave making the bail and crimp into place.

End the coiled and bare wire by cutting them off and bending them around the wire where they started.

Step 29

Enjoy your new pendant and experiment with different color beads and wrapping the wires differently or other weaves on it.

Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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