Making a Pendent - A Valentine's Day Gift She Won't Believe You Made Yourself
WHAT DO I USE TO MAKE A GIFT?
When you decide to make a gift you must think of the person you are making the gift for. What are their preferences? Valentines day is predominantly represented in our country with hearts, cupids, the colors red, pink & white, roses, lace & ribbons . If however the person you are making the gift for does not like these types of things then definitely take that into consideration. You can always make the gift packaging more traditional and the gift to the recipient's preference.
For this example I will show you how to make a necklace with a river rock, some craft wire, some cording or ribbon, a bead or button and a pair of wire clippers or a nail clipper. When you see the finished result you will see that I used a darker red ribbon since I prefer it over bright red on jewelry.
GET YOUR TOOLS AND RELAX
First get your tools. You will need a pair of wire cutters or a pair of toenail clippers.
In the future I will have to enlist one of my children to help with taking the photographs since I am not very good at being a one handed photographer. Please excuse the slight fuzziness of some of the photographs in this hub, hopefully they will get the point across.
Next you will need about 2 feet of 1/16" ribbon or some craft cording (as shown in the first picture above by head of page). Both come in yards on spools or you can purchase two feet at a craft or yardage store. You will need a river rock or any flat stone . If you have gone on a few hiking or picnic outings you may have picked one up. If not you can purchase a small bag in any craft store or even at the craft department of your local Walmart. Alternatively you can use a sea shell or sea glass . Additionally, you will need a small spool or shank of craft wire . It can be any color you want. If your significant other likes bright colors they come in many varied colors of the rainbow. I have shown a few options in the slide show photos provided in the pictures to the right. Finally you will need a bead with a large hole or a small button with a loop on the back. (see pictures for example:-)
A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
Next you will take your craft wire and unwind it from the spool or if it is a hank then each end will have been used to hold the wire together in a bunch, unwind both. Snip off the bent end or one bent end in the case of the shank (keep this cut off piece for using in step "NINE" ). Leave an end about as long as your index finger is in length.
Get your stone (or shell or glass) and hold them together as shown in picture "ONE" with the measured end pointing up. Bring the wire to the front from the bottom and form a loop, holding it against the stone with your thumb as you wrap the wire back down and behind the stone. You will flip the stone over and twist the free end with the wire coming from the spool once as if twisting a loaf of bread wire together. (picture "TWO") holding the wire loop firmly as you twist the ends.
Then bring the wire to one side and flip the stone back over to the front. Wrap the wire in towards the center holding it down with your thumb and bending it back around just as you did with the first loop. (picture "THREE") again holding the wire loops firmly as you twist the ends.
Twist the wire once again with the "bread wire twist technique" and then bring the spool wire back around to other side repeating loop procedure as before. (picture "FOUR") again holding the wire loops firmly as you twist the ends.
Do this one more time making the top loop as you did the other three and then twisting the wires together several times as if re-closing a loaf of bread. (picture "FIVE") again holding the wire loops firmly as you twist the ends.
You should twist until you reach the top edge of stone. After you have done this trim off the short end of the wire and cut the piece coming from the spool to about three inches. (picture "SIX")
Bend the wire over a pencil or stick pen and wrap tightly covering the trimmed end continuing wrapping till you reach the bottom or run out of space . Trim the wire flush with the back of the stone making sure the end does not face away from the stone. It should be pointing towards the stone or between the stone and the wrapping. (picture "SEVEN")
Picture "EIGHT" shows the finished pendent. Make sure the bail loop is not facing front, but to the side.
For the ribbon and fastener you will need the small piece of wire you trimmed off earlier. You will need to poke the ribbon through the hole of the bead or button with the wire. (pictures "NINE" & "TEN")
Next you will tie a double or triple half hitch (SEE BOY SCOUT HALF HITCH). You may also add some glue or clear nail polish to the base of the knot for extra holding power. Trim the ribbon/cording end close to base of knot leaving about 1/16" to 1/8". (picture "ELEVEN")
Finally you again making sure the bail loop on the pendent is twisted so the loop is sideways. (This will make the pendent hang naturally). Thread the ribbon through from left to right while looking at it from the front for a right handed recipient. Next hold the necklace up to your neck and find a comfortable length (once she had received the gift you can always readjust shorter so err on the side of long). Form a loop (picture "TWELVE") and tie about four or five half-hitches snugly. You may add glue or nail polish to the base as well (making sure you do not glue the knot to the ribbon it is knotted around) and trim closely as before. Wait till the knot is dry if you have applied the glue. The knot will be adjustable and can be snugged over the bead/button for a more secure closure.
Voila!! You are finished.