Wire-Wrapped Pendant for Beginners

Good morning! I have a very simple wire-wrapped project for you today (in keeping with my quick-and-easy projects while I spend some extra snuggle time with my kiddos!)  Anyway – if you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at wire-wrapping, this is a good piece of jewelry to start with: the wire-wrapped pendant.

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com

 What you will need:

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com

  • 18-gauge wire – I like silver-plated copper wire, but everyone has their favorite.
  • Focal bead you love.  This is a large dyed agate bead.
  • Optional bead bail – I showed the one I used from a couple different angles.  This isn’t a necessary component but it makes the pendant look more “finished”.
  • Jewelry pliers – for wire wrapping I like a combination of my round-nosed pliers, nylon pliers, and wire cutters.  If you don’t have all of these yet, you can make do with basic needlenose pliers and wire cutters, but these pieces are a good investment for most wire jewelry projects.

Cut 6-8 inches of wire, and create a small spiral “head” using your round nosed pliers.  It only needs to be larger than the hole in your focal bead, to make sure your bead stays on – but you can make it any size or style you like.

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com

Thread your focal bead on, and make your bail.  I threaded this bail bead onto my wire loop, but a wire loop by itself is sufficient.

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com

When you have created a loop (and included your bail if you are going to), all you have to do is wrap the excess wire around the “neck” of the loop you just created, and down onto your bead.  If this is your first try, you may not get it “right” the first time around.  There isn’t any specific technique to this type of wrapping, other than you will want to keep your wire snug to your bail and bead.  Using the nylon pliers might be helpful (the nylon won’t mar your wire), or you may want to use your hands to wrap instead.  If you don’t get it exactly how you want the first try, don’t get frustrated.  A couple tried and you will have the hang of it!

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com

Then, all you have to do is string it on a chain, and it’s ready for wear!

Wire-Wrapped Pendant Tutorial for Beginners at www.happyhourprojects.com


Do you do any wire-wrapping?  Leave your tips in the comments!



  1. Adrianne I really do love every piece of jewelry that you share here! Your amazing! xoxo
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  2. Your jewelry is always beautiful! I’m a beginner and you make me feel like I can do it.
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  3. Kirsten

    I second what Alli said – you make it look so easy! (And it must be pretty easy if you can find time to make stuff in between loving on your kiddos!) Thanks girl! Lovely as always! :)
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  4. Love your jewelry! Especially this necklace.

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  5. This is just simply elegant! And I think I can actually make this! :D
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  6. How beautiful! I’m definitely pinning this one. These would make lovely gifts for the upcoming holidays!
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  7. You know, I’ve never tried jewelry making, but it looks phenomenal! You are clearly very talented!

    Hey, I actually found your blog through a Google “how-to” search and I’m really loving all that I’m seeing so far. I have recently returned to blogging after being away for about two years. Due to all of my life changes in the past couple years, I decided to start fresh with a new blog. The design/layout is still in the making, but I’d love it if you came over to visit my little work-in-progress and let me know what you think!

    Thanks Adrianne!

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  8. Love that it’s so simple!

  9. GORgeous, as usual!!
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  10. I’ve wondered how to do this, Thanks for the great tutorial– I’ve pinned it to reference later.
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  11. Beautiful design, Adrianne! I really like the bail–do you recall where you found it?

  12. bonnie donato says:

    Thank you so much ! You are just what I was looking for! I now have a place to go for help with making jewelry

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