Add some beautiful gemstones and Halloween fun to your jewellery collection with this easy to follow step by step spider pendant tutorial by Janet Dwyer Jewellery Design
Beadalon Artistic Wire 18 Gauge Silver Plated 1.0mm X 6.1m – approx. 14cms
Beadalon Artistic Wire 20 Gauge Silver Plated 0.81mm X 7.6m – approx. 12cms
Beadalon Artistic Wire 22 Gauge Silver Plated 0.64mm X 9.1m – approx. 10cms x 4
How to Make a Gemstone Spider
To make a spider you will need: 4 x 10cms 0.64mm wire, 1 x 12cms 0.81mm wire, 1 x 14cms 1.00mm wire, 1 x 8mm gemstone and 1 x 4mm silver plated bead.
Take each length of 0.64mm wire and wrap around the 0.81mm wire as shown to create a loop in the middle of the length.
(1) Add an 8mm gemstone to the 0.81mm wire. (2) Wrap the wire around the gemstone as shown. (3) Turn the gemstone over and wrap around again. (4) Cut the wire as shown.
Thread on the 4 x lengths of wire from Step one and a 4mm silver plated bead.
Wrap the wire around the 4mm bead as you did in Step 2. Your spider is now complete and ready to add to your pendant later.
How to Make a Wire Heart
Make a bend in the middle of the 1.0mm wire.
Close the bend with flat nose pliers.
Turn the wire around and hold in flat nose pliers so you can separate the strands in opposite directions as shown.
Shape each wire around a mandrel as shown. (a ring mandrel is perfect for this as it allows you to make different sizes if required)
You should now have a heart shape. Place the spider onto the heart to make sure the size is correct.
Make a bend in each wire as shown one to the side and one straight down.
(1) Wrap one wire around the other as shown. (2) Use flat nose pliers to close the wrap and press in any sharp ends. (3) Make a loop with the remaining wire using round nose pliers. (4) Your heart should look now like this.
How to Make a Gemstone Drop
(1) Cut approx. 7cms 0.64mm wire and make a loop a little way down the length as shown with round nose pliers. (2) Hold the loop with flat nose pliers and wrap the wire around two or three times and cut off excess. (3) Add the silver plated bead and repeat the loop.
Add an 8mm gemstone to a headpin and turn a loop using round nose pliers.
How to Assemble your Pendant
You now have all elements to assemble your pendant.
Place the spider over your heart pendant in the position you want.
Wrap each wire around the heart frame twice as shown.
Cut the wire at the back of the pendant leaving a small excess.
Using flat nose pliers wrap the excess around the wire to finish off.
Your pendant should now look like this.
How to finish off
Add the gemstone drops to the loop on the pendant, add a jump ring and chain, your pendant is now complete.
Many thanks to Jan for creating this ace tutorial for us
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