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Completing the Pea Pod Pendant
These bead and wire pea pod pendants are a simple DIY jewelry making project that can be completed in a few hours. They make great gifts for weddings, baby showers or Mother's day or birthdays. Follow these complete step by step Pea Pod pendant instructions to make the pendant and follow these steps to add the loop to hang the pendant and make the spiral tendrils that decorate the stem.
These pendants can be made with a variety of beads - from pearls to gemstones to crystals. You can shape... the wire around the beads to simulate the way a pea pod shapes itself around the peas or you can add beads to one or more of the wires to make the pod itself more interesting. I made my pods with 3 beads, but by using different sized beads, you can easily have many more bead peas in your pod.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Add a pendant bail with a wrapped loop
Before you make the loop to hang your pendant, make sure you have pushed the wire pea pod and beads to the bottom of the base wire. It will slide easily along the wire. Also, adjust the base wire so the pinched base is covered and will not catch on clothing or scratch exposed skin.
To hang your pendant, make a wrapped loop. If you have at least an inch of wire remaining after adding the wrapped loop, you can use it to make a spiral tendril decoration on the pea pod. If you didn't leave... enough wire, you can trim the wrapped loop and wrap a separate piece of wire around the loop to add the tendrils. You can wrap it in the middle and have two pieces of wire to make spiral tendrils with.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Start the tendril wire spiral
To make a spiral tendril, use the end of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the wire. Begin turning the round nose pliers to wrap the wire around the barrel and form a loose loop. Do this until you have a small curl formed - at least one and up to one and half rotations. You want to use the smallest end tips of your pliers to keep a nice tight curl.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Finish the tendril wire spiral wrapping from the other side
Once the spiral has started, you need to pull our pliers out and re-insert your pliers in the other side of the curl to continue making it. If you don't switch sides, the spiral will come out cone shaped or you will simply run out of room on your round nosed plier barrel to wrap the wire.
Switch your pliers and insert them in the opposite end of the spiral. Continue wrapping the wire around the round nose barrel pliers until you have wrapped all the way up to the top of the pea pod... pendant. As you wrap the wire around the barrel, you will need to keep moving it out a little bit each time. This will keep the tendrils about the same thickness all the way through.
If the rings of the spiral are very tight together, you can grasp the end with your flat nose pliers and pull on the wire end to stretch it out a little. This will make it less of a coil and more like an actual pea pod tendril.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Interesting variations to make your pea pod pendant unique
Use your wire cutters to flush cut the end of the wire and smooth it with a file or emory board. Position it so that it can't scratch the skin or get caught on clothing.
Add a chain through the loop to complete your pendant. This pea pod pendant looks great in contrasting metal wires. You can use pearl beads for a couple as a wedding gift or birthstones to recognize the members in a family.