Pretzel swirl wire necklace

Supplies

necklace 20–22 in. (51–53 cm)

  • 2 22 mm sew-on rhinestones
  • 7 10–11 mm round beads
  • 2 8–9 mm round beads
  • 8 8 mm rondelles 
  • 37–43 6 mm round beads
  • 7 ft. (2.1 m) 8–12-gauge wire
  • 8 lb. beading thread
  • 3 1⁄2 ft. (1.2 m) 20–21-gauge wire
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) chain, 8–10 mm links
  • 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pin
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • 4 bead tips
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer or textured hammer
  • pen
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Wire from Michaels, michaels.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

Instructions

Pretzel swirl wire necklace 1
Step 1
Pretzel swirl wire necklace 2
Step 2
1. pretzel unit • Cut a 12–14-in. (30–36 cm) piece of 8–12-gauge wire. Cross the ends, forming a teardrop-shaped loop in the center of the wire.

2. Bend the ends of the wire back toward the loop, using your fingers to form a heart-like shape.
Pretzel swirl wire necklace 3
Step 3
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Step 4
3. With each end, curve the wire back toward the center loop, using a pen to shape an end loop. Trim the excess wire.

4. Hammer one side of the wire unit to create a textured finish. Make five pretzel units.
Pretzel swirl wire necklace 6
Three-bead unit
Bead units
three-bead unit • Cut a 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9 cm) piece of 20–21-gauge wire and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String an 8–9 mm round bead, a 10–11 mm round bead, and an 8–9 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
Pretzel swirl wire necklace 5
Five-bead unit
five-bead unit • Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of 20–21-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop  (How-Tos). String: 6 mm round bead, rondelle, 10–11 mm round bead, rondelle, 6 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three five-bead units.
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Large-bead unit and rondelle unit
large-bead unit and rondelle unit • Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 20–21-gauge wire and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three large-bead units and two rondelle units.
Pretzel swirl wire necklace 8
Wire unit

wire unit • Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 20–21-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. On the other end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make two wire units.

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