by Deborah Kelly
Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry
1 – 8 inch piece of 18 gauge round wire
5 – 6 inch pieces if 18 gauge round wire
1 – 5 foot piece of 26 gauge round wire
1 – 1 3/8 by 1 inch (35mm by 25mm) drilled oval shell or flat drilled stone or bead
Round nose pliers
Chain or flat nose pliers
Bail making pliers
Wrap the weaving wire (26 gauge) around the longest 18 gauge wire (1st base wire) about 3 ½ inches from the end (wrap the wire in towards the longer end of the wire) 3 to 5 times.
Put one of the other 18 gauge wires right next to the first one, lining the ends up in the direction being wrapped (this will leave the first wire longer on the end being wrapped away from)
Wrap the weaving wire over both wires once.
The newly added wire will be called 2nd base wire.
Put a 3rd base wire next to the 2nd base wire and wrap around the 2nd and 3rd base wires once with the weaving wire.
Put a 4th base wire next to the 3rd base wire.
Wrap the weaving wire around the 3rd and 4th base wires once.
Push wrapping tightly together.
Put a 5th base wire next to 4th base wire, lining up all the ends of the wires in the direction the weaving is going in.
Wrap the 4th and 5th base wires once with the weaving wire.
Put the 6th and final base wire next to the 5th base wire.
Wrap the weaving wire around the 5th and 6th base wires.
Push the weaving tight against each other.
Next, wrap the 4th and 5th base wires once.
Then wrap the 3rd and 4th base wires once.
Then the 2nd and the 3rd base wires once.
Lastly wrap the 1st and 2nd base wires once.
On the front side the weaving wire should go over 2 base wires every time the wires are wrapped.
Push the weaving together as tight as possible.
Wrap the weaving wire around the 1st base wire 5 times.
Repeat steps 2 – 7 minus adding wire to make another spike going up the wire.
Wrapping the 1st and 2nd base wire once, then the 2nd and 3rd base wires once and so on.
Remember to push the weave tightly against itself.
Repeat this weave til it is about 2 inches long, not longer then 2 inches but can be a little shorter.
Remember to push the weave together tightly.
Cut off the tail end of the weaving wire at the beginning of the weave and bend the 1st base wire at a 90 degree angle away from the weave.
Gently pull out the 6th base wire and put aside.
Gently pull out base wires 5, 4, and 3.
To help not bend the weave holding them gently against a table while pulling out the base wires may help.
Put the shell onto the wire which is at a 90 degree angle to the weave.
Wrap the weave around one side of the shell.
Take the 1st base wire which still has the weaving wire on it and wrap it around on the back side of the wire stick thru the shell and then bend it up to run parallel to the wire going thru the shell.
Wrap the weaving wire around the wire stick thru the shell a few times.
Note: this picture shows the back side of the pendant.
Wrap the wire sticking up thru the shell till 3 wraps can be seen on the front side of the pendant.
Wrap the weaving wire around both wires going up from the shell twice.
Then around the one wire going thru the shell 3 times then both wires twice again.
Continue this weave for about 1 ¼ inches.
Then wrap the wire with the 3 wraps on it 12 times.
Use bail making pliers to bend the weave towards the back of the pendant into a bail.
Bring the wire with the wrapping around it to the out side of the bail and to the front of the pendant.
Bring the wire without the wrap between the shell and the weave going around the shell to the front side of the pendent.
One wire from the bail should be on each side of the wire coming up thru the shell.
Bring the bail wires together on the front side of the pendent.
Wrap the weaving wire around both wires which made up the bail.
Do one more pattern of 3 wraps on the one wire, then 2 wraps over both wires then 3 wraps around the one wire.
Cut the weaving wire off close to the base wire.
Use pliers to smooth the end of the weaving wire down.
Bend the base wire going around the shell by the base wire around the back of the bail and cut off.
Tuck the end of the wire around the bail and so it is touching the weave going around the shell.
Curl the ends of the bail wires away from each other with round nose pliers.
The ends of the bail wires may need cut off before curling.
Bend the wire on the bottom of the pendant up and around onto the shell.
Cut off to the desired length for a nice curl at the bottom of the pendant.
Use round nose pliers to curl the wire on the bottom of the pendant.