Shell Donut Pendant

by Deborah Kelly

Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry

Materials Needed

  • 2 piece of 18 gauge round wire 14 inches long

  • 1 piece of 26 gauge round wire 10 feet long

  • 1 shell donut 1 ½ inches in diameter

Tools need

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat and round nose pliers

  • 6 step bail making pliers

  • Wire cutters


Step 1

Take the 26 gauge wire (will refer to it as the weaving wire from now on) and wrap it around one of the 18 gauge wires (base wires) three times, 6 ½ inches from one end of the base wire.

Step 2

Place the 2nd base wire next to the ones with the weaving wire wrapped around it. Wrap the weaving wire around both base wires two times.

Repeat by wrapping the weaving wire around the first base wire three times.

Then around both wires twice.

Step 3

Continue this weave till it is 1 ¼ inches long.

Wrap weaving wire around first base wire three times.

Step 4

Wrap weave around the largest step of the 6 step bail making pliers.

When wrapping around the pliers keep the weave flat, and wrap with the base wire that is fully wrapped into the center.

Step 5

Hold the pendant so the weaving wire is on the side away from you.

Take the weaving wire over to the next wire on the other side of the circle and bring up to the front, then wrap once around that one wire.

Step 6

Take the weaving wire behind the last two wires, wrap around the end base wire once.

Bring the weaving wire across the first two wires on the top of the pendant.

Step 7

Wrap weaving wire once around the 2nd wire you just went over.

Wrap over next two wires, wrapping once around the 2nd wire.

Step 8

Repeat with the last two wires.

To go back the other way invert the weave.

Go over two wires on the back side of the pendant then wrap around the 2nd wire once.

Repeat going over two wires and wrapping every second wire till reaching the other side.

Switch to going over 2 wires on the top with wrapping every 2nd one.

This weave looks the same on both sides.

Step 9

Do this weave for about ½ an inch.

Step 10

Bend the base wires into a V shape 2 wires on each side.

Bring your weave to the center of the weave.

No matter what way you are wrapping when starting the bail you want to take the wire from the front side of one of the middle 2 wires to the back side of the other middle wire.

You may need to continue your weave to the other side of your piece and back to the center to get the wire going the right way.

Step 11

Take the weaving wire all the way around the two base wires, then wrap once around the middle base wire on that side.

Then bring the weaving wire across to the back side of the base wires on the other side of the middle.

Wrap all the way around those two base wires and when the weaving wire gets back to the middle wrap around the base wire in the middle of that side.


Step 12

When the bail gets as wide as desired bend the wires parallel to each other to maintain a nice distance.

Continue weaving

Step 13

About ¾ of an inch after the weave bend the base wires back towards each other.

Continue the weave being careful to keep the weave tight while the weave gets narrower.

I use my thumb nail to keep the weave compressed.

Step 14

Continue weave till middle base wires touch.

The bail should be about 1 to 1 ¼ inches long

Step 15


Take the weaving wire to an outside base wire and wrap around the outside base wire three times.

Then wrap around the two base wires on that side.

Repeat this three two weave (three times around one wire and twice around the two wires)

Step 16

Continue the three two weave for 2 ½ inches.

End the weave with the three wraps on one wire.

Cut the weaving wire off with cutters and smooth with pliers.

Step 17

Start the three two weave on other two base wires up by the bail.

To start the three two weave follow step 1 and 2.

Do this weave for the same length as the side done in step 16.

Cut off weaving wire after a three wrap and smooth with pliers.

Step 18

At beginning of the bail above the circle bend the wire to the front side of the bail slightly.

Using the 6 step bail making pliers bend the bail around the largest step.

Step 19

Bend the two wire ends towards the front.

Slip Shell donut onto the two wires.

Put the 2 ends of the weave thru the circle of wire.

Carefully manipulate the wire and shell till the front is in place with the circle over the whole in the donut.

Pull the woven ends thru.

Once in place wrap the woven wire to the back side of the doughnut and bring them thru the center hole again.

A light squeeze with the pliers will help snug the wire to the shell

Step 20

Once the woven wires are on the front of the pendant cut off any extra wire about ½ inch from the end of the weave.

Swirl the ends of the base wires and curve what is left of the weave in an attractive manner.

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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