Make a Wrapped Gemstones Necklace by wire wrapping gemstone beads and hanging them from a hammered circle pendant. Great Boho look!
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How To make A Wrapped Gemstones Necklace
Hammered ring connector, gold, 16mm
Top-drilled, faceted briolette*, Amazonite, 18mm x 12mm
Top-drilled, faceted briolette, Carnelian, 8mm x 5mm
Top-drilled, faceted briolette, Labradorite, 12mm x 8mm
7 Freshwater pearls, 2mm – 3mm
26-gauge wire, gold
Sueded, flat leather cord, brown, 36” piece
*The briolette beads for this project are all top-drilled, meaning they are drilled straight across the top rather than down through the center.
1. To get started, cut a 5″ piece of wire and feed one end through the hole across the top of the Amazonite briolette. Bend both ends up and over the triangle at the top of the briolette so they crisscross.
2. Bend one wire straight up from the top point of the briolette. Bend the other wire 90 degrees, so it is perpendicular to the straight one.
Then wrap the perpendicular wire around the straight wire several times and trim the end. The look of this pendant is Boho and casual, so the wraps should look relaxed and not too tidy!
3. Make a wrapped loop in the straight wire big enough to wrap around the ring. To do this, make a 90-degree bend in the straight wire above the wraps. Grasp the wire at the top of that bend with the middle section of your round-nose pliers (where you wrap the wire on your pliers will determine the loop’s diameter). Push the wire up and over the top jaw of the pliers to make a partial loop.
4. Reposition the pliers so the bottom jaw is in the loop and pull the wire the rest of the way around to finish the loop.
5. Before you wrap the loop, feed the hammered, gold ring into the open loop. Then grasp across the loop with the chain-nose pliers and wrap the wire several times above and on top of the wraps you already made at the top of the briolette. Remember the look is casual and a little messy!
6. Cut a 5″ piece of wire and feed it through the hole in the Carnelian briolette. Bend the ends up and over the triangle top of the briolette so they crisscross. Bend one wire straight up and the other 90 degrees. Wrap the 90-degree wire several times around the straight one above the top of the briolette and trim. Make a wrapped loop around the gold ring. Hold across the loop with the round-nose pliers and wrap the wire at the top of the briolette.
7. Use the same technique to attach the Labradorite briolette to the gold ring on the other side of the Amazonite briolette.
8. For the pearl dangle, cut a 5″ piece of wire and use the tip of the round-nose pliers to twist a teeny-tiny loop in one end. Use the chain-nose pliers to press the tiny loop flat against the long piece of wire. This will serve as a stopper, keeping the beads from sliding off.
9. Feed the freshwater pearls onto the wire. Make a wrapped loop that goes around the gold ring, as you did before. Wrap the end of the wire around the top of the pearl dangle so it is layered and a little messy, like the others.
Wrap the ends around the ring and feed them through the folded center of cording. Pull the ends tight at the same time to cinch the cord around the gold ring. To wear the necklace, simply knot the ends of the leather cording together behind your neck.
10. Hang the gold ring pendant from the leather cord using a cow-hitch. To do this, fold the leather cord in half and feed the folded center through the gold ring.
We love a long leather pendant necklace like this to wear with jeans and t-shirt. What’s on your crafting table? We’d love to hear what youre working on. Leave us a comment below!
Jennifer & Kitty