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I have great news for those of you who are interested in making the wire cage pendant that I talked about in my previous post. I had mentioned that I had learned how to create these from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. While looking through Pinterest over the weekend, I discovered that the publisher had posted two PDF projects with detailed instructions from the book as teasers and the wire cage “pod” pendant was one of the projects included, so I wanted to pass this along to my readers so that you can try out this project for yourself. Click here to be directed to the publisher’s website and to the link where the PDF is located. You’ll need to scroll through the text to get to the PDF for the wire pod pendant. There is also a really awesome PDF for a spiral beaded bracelet as well. I recommend checking both out, and if you like these, make sure to check out the entire book for even more great projects.

Here are some pictures of another wire cage pendant that I created yesterday. For reference, I used the following materials for this piece:

I enclosed the following objects in the piece:

 

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In my previous post, I had mentioned that I had created screw eye posts from scratch for the resin tile in my turquoise and brass bracelet. I would like to share how I created those with my readers as I am sure many of you have run into the same issue where you’d like to have your own screw eyes for your resin pieces. It’s especially nice when you are working in different metals and aren’t able to find matching findings at your local or online craft or jewelry supply store. The first thing you will want to do is gather your supplies for this. Since I used all brass colored findings, it was important for me to match my wire to this, so I used the following wire for my screw eyes:

Please note that you can use any type of wire for yours, but it is a good idea to match the gauge of your wire to the rest of your project, especially if you are using chain or lots of jump rings. You want the gauge of the findings to match one another so the piece has a consistent weight and holds together nicely.

Next, you will need some basic wire wrapping tools; these will help you form your screw eyes:

 
Now, the fun begins!
 
  1. To start making one screw eye, cut off about 1.5 inches of wire from your spool of wire.
  2. Using the wire looping pliers, form a loop in your wire by folding it in half.
  3. Hold this loop with your wire looping pliers and grab one of the ends wrapping it twice around the other piece of wire, which will be the post part of your screw eye.
  4. Cut the tail off of the piece of wire that you wire wrapped around the other end (the post part of your screw eye) with the wire/flush cutter pliers.
  5. Straighten out the post part of your screw eye and fix any bumps or irregularities with the nylon jaw chain nose pliers.
  6. If you find that your screw eye post is too long, you can shorten it to suit your needs by cutting it with the wire/flush cutter pliers.

Here are what your finished screw eyes should look like:

They look especially nice when placed into resin tiles as such:

 

Please note that when I drilled the holes for these, I made it so that the spiraled part of the screw eye would be set into the resin, so I had to use a drill bit that was just a little bit of a larger gauge than the wire I used for this project. This enabled me to be able to “screw” my handmade eye posts into the piece like a regular machine made screw eye. To finish things off, I used Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy to set my screw eyes into my resin title. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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