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Center-Drilled Pendant

Center-Drilled Pendant

Photography: Harry Bates

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2005

Introduction

You can attach a pendant to an ear wire (for an earring) or to a chain using a jump ring. To open a jump ring, use pliers: Hold one end of the jump ring with one pair of pliers; use another pair to gently twist the other end toward you. (Don't widen the circle to form a U shape) Slide the pendant on, then close the jump ring.

materials

  • Head pin

  • Center-drilled bead

  • Round-nose pliers

  • Chain-nose pliers

steps

  1. To make a pendant, insert a head pin into a center-drilled bead. With round-nose pliers (pincers horizontal), grasp wire just above the bead, or higher for longer shanks. Turn pliers so that pincers are stacked vertically, as shown, bending wire 90 degrees.

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  2. With your hands, wrap wire over pliers in the other direction, to form half a loop.

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  3. Take out pliers and fit loop around bottom pincer. Then bring the wire around to complete the loop. (At this point, attach the pendant to a chain or a closed jump ring: Take loop off pliers and open as you would a jump ring; attach, then close again.)

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  4. While firmly holding loop between chain-nose pliers, wrap wire around the shank until you meet the bead. Clip with wire cutters; tuck in end with chain-nose pliers.

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