TUTORIAL 008: Off-Beat Pendant
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a decorative freeform squiggle frame around your cabochons to create very modern ‘off-beat’ pendants. You will learn how to create the hammered effect in your design without shattering a single cabochon. :)
This design is perfect for showing off those eye catching dichroic cabochons, which are sure to be a big hit with your customers. This design allows you the freedom to work with your cabochons and use the wire squiggles to enhance the unique features on them.
This design also works beautifully with freeform stone cabochons (see the Lapis Lazuli cabochon on page 32 of the tutorial).
I recommend using long-ish cabochons to give you more room to play with those squiggles. Now is the time to use up all of those enormous cabochons you have collected and not been able to use.
Another ideal use for this design is to use large rectangle pillow shaped beads (see variation examples of these on pages 32 & 33 of the tutorial). Have you ever wondered what to do with a whole strand of these beads, which,.. to the untrained eye, look very much like cabochons? These beads while usually gorgeous to look at, are often difficult to use in projects because of their shape and size. Look for strands that contain the most beads with interesting characteristics and colours that are bold/attractive enough to be used individually. Divide the cost of the strand by the number of beads and you’ll probably find it’s a very cost effective way to make a dozen of these pendants.
Many thanks for your continued interest and I hope you are enjoying the tutorials.
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Things you'll need for this tutorial
The list below shows the actual materials used to make this pendant however, other metals, and cabochon sizes can be substituted. Slightly less 20ga (0.80mm) wire will be needed for smaller cabochons. Cabochons that are considerably smaller may require a smaller gauge wire, but I do not recommend any smaller than 21ga (0.72mm).
- 16” (40.5cm) of 20ga(0.80mm) Half Hard, round sterling silver.
- 16”(40.5cm) of 24ga(0.50mm) DS round sterling silver.
- 1 1/8 ” x 1 ¼” (30mm x 35mm)
Flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flush cutters, ruler, rawhide hammer, two Ball Pein hammers or one hammer and small metal block, and a 5mm mandrel.
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