Make a statement with this fun necklace!
How’s this for making a statement?! We love this wrapped swirl design – it is so striking, yet surprisingly so simple to make. We’ve used lovely natural Lapis Lazuli beads, Pyrite beads and crystals. However you can do any colour combination you like! We found that using two contrasting colour groups looks good, but you could even do a completely random rainbow coloured design if you liked! The main thing is we graduate the beads, so you will need beads including 4mm, 6mm and 8mm.
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Now form the shape using your fingers. You may like to use round nose pliers to get the swirl started, but it is not necessary. Although in theory you could actually make the shape last (after putting on all the beads), I find making it first gives more artistic control over the layout of the beads and getting it to look just right.
Take about 2 meters of 26 gauge wire, and wrap two or three around the tubing (about 1cm into the tube). Slide on the bead, then wrap twice around the tube on the other side of the bead. This will be the start of your wraps.
Hint: If working with two meters of wire is a bit fiddly for you, you can always start with less (say, a meter) and attach more later.
After you have completed wrapping, you will need to attach the center 8mm bead in a similar way to the very first bead you put on. The difference being, this time you will wrap to the end of the tube then put the 8mm bead on. After which you will wrap a few times on the opposite side of this bead to secure it in place.
Using 6mm jump rings, attach a chain to the pendant. Simply open the jump ring up using flat nose pliers, slide the chain onto the jump ring, and find a good place to attach it to the pendant. You may have to adjust this a little to get it to hang correctly. If you make it long, you do not need clasp - just connect the chain together and slip over your head. Otherwise, it is simple to add a clasp using a couple more jump rings.