Make a Pendant out of Your Wedding Ringcomments (6) May 31st, 2008
When I was eight months pregnant earlier this year, I finally had to admit that my wedding ring had gotten too tight to wear comfortably. But I just couldn't stand the thought of not wearing it: it was my grandmother's from her wedding in 1943, and it's very precious to me. So I made it into this little pendant with a single pearl dangling in the center and wore that for the duration!
If you have a similar band-style ring or any type of open circle that you want to remake into a simple pendant, here's how I made this one:
Things you'll need:
Pliers (flat-nose, round-nose, and wire clippers)
One center bead (I used a 6mm pearl)
4 inches of 24-gauge, gold-filled wire
1 gold headpin
1. Slip the bead onto the headpin, and form a wrapped loop above it to create a simple dangle. Clip the end of the wire neatly.
You can watch this step my video tutorial on how to make the basic bead dangle (the pearl part of the ring pendant).
2. Form a medium-size loop that will be the first (lower) half of a double-wrapped loop, using the piece of wire, i.e., one lower loop catching the ring/pendant, one upper loop catching the chain, as in the photo, but do not start wrapping the coil yet. Slip first the ring and then the bead dangle onto the open loop so that the bead hangs neatly inside the ring or circle. Once those are in place, complete the wrap, winding the wire into a neat coil above the loop.
3. Now form a second wrapped loop above the first one, slipping your chain into the open loop before completing the wrap. Finish your pendant by coiling the wire around two or three times (until it meets the first wrap in the middle of the coil), and clip both ends at the back. Use your flat-nose pliers to flatten any edges that poke out.
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