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Bird's nest wire and pearl pendant

Have you seen these little wire nests in jewelry designs? Learn just how easily you can make your own! 

I’ve seen these little wire nests in jewelry designs everywhere, but didn’t quite understand how they were made. So when I built mine, I cut an extra-long piece of wire and tried to think like a mother bird: Form a wire frame and weave the wire around and between itself to reinforce the structure. It’s super easy and you can’t really make mistakes. So, just wing it!


SUPPLIES


necklace 19 in. (48 cm) 

  • 3 6–8 mm pearls, top drilled
  • 5 ft. (1.5 m) 22-gauge Artistic Wire
  • 16–20 in. (41–51 cm) chain, 3–4 mm links
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

 
INSTRUCTIONS

Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 1
1. Cut a 30-in. (76 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Center three pearls on the wire, leaving  space between each. Wrap the ends in opposite directions, forming two or three overlapping circles.
Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 2
2. Build up the sides of the nest by wrapping and weaving each end of the wire through the overlapping circles. Tuck one end and leave at least 2 in. (5 cm) on the other end.
Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 3
3. With the tail, make the first half of a wrapped loop perpendicular to the nest. Wrap the wire two more times around the largest part of your roundnose pliers to make a bail. Complete the wraps.
Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 4
4. Cut a 30-in. (76 cm) piece of wire. Make a small loop and attach it to the back of the nest. Build up the bottom as in step 2.
Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 5
5. Cut a 16–20-in. (41–51 cm) piece of chain. Center the pendant on the chain.
Birds nest wire and pearl pendant Step 6
6. Open a 5 mm jump ring. On one end, attach a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Use a 5 mm jump ring to attach a soldered jump ring on the other end.
Tip!
  • If 22-gauge wire is too thick for the pearls, string the pearls on 24-gauge wire. Build the rest of the nest with the heavier 22-gauge wire.
  • Make your nest look more like the real thing. Use the tip of your roundnose pliers to kink and twist small sections of wire.
Check out the project PDF for photos and instructions to make matching earrings, and to see this project made from an antique copper-plated color of chain and gunmetal wire. 
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