Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bird Nest Pendant Tutorial

By Jamie Estelle Jewelry
These cute little bird nests are fun and fashionable!

In this tutorial, you will learn step by step instructions on how to make your very own bird nest pendant. Once you learn the basic design, you can create many different styles.  From earring to pins! These styles are endless.  Let's have fun!

:::Bird Nest Instructions:::

- 5 ft of 24 gage wire. The more the wire the bigger the nest.
- 3 of 4mm beads in any color, I used turquoise.
- round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and wire cutters.
Cut 5 ft of 24 gage wire.
String on your 3 beads, leaving a 3 inch tail

Push together your 3 beads crossing the wires and forming a triangle shape with your beads, twist the wire 2 times to secure it.

Twist your entire wire making it look wavy. When you start to wrap your wire it will give this a twig texture to your nest.
Holding the beads as leverage, wrap the wire around your beads 4-5 times.
After wire wrapping around your bead 4-5 times, take the end of your wire and thread it through the bottom of your nest twice to secure your wraps.

Continue wire wrapping your wire another 4-5 times, and on the opposite side, thread your wire through the bottom of the nest twice and secure it.
Then coil your wire on the bottom of the nest. Making sure to thread through to secure it, making sure to cover the bottom of your nest, covering up the 3 beads.

Continue to wire wrap 4-5 times around the nest, securing the wire as you go. Repeat these steps until your nest is the desired size you would like your bird nest to be.
Leave at least 3 inches of wire to make your bail.
When your done wrapping your wire around your nest, you should have two 3 inch tails. You can chose to cut and tuck one of the tails, or cork screw it for a little added texture.

After take your last tail and wire wrap it to make a bail.
With your round nose pliers fluff up your wires, bend it to give it more style and texture.


You can choose from many different materials.  Choose colored wire to give your bird nests some color. Or sterling silver wire.  Use crystals to give your bird nest some sparkle. Add charms for a whimsical touch. 

Have fun creating!  For more on this tutorial visit us on Youtube Click here

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