Hi everyone! I have been fortunate enough to participate in the Totally Tutorials Exchange Program! If you haven't heard about this AWESOME program, it basically matches up suppliers and artists. The suppliers offer supplies for free, in exchange for a tutorial using those supplies. For more information, tutorials, and chances to participate, please visit the Totally Tutorials blog!
On to my tutorial! I received a bunch of absolutely beautiful sea glass from 808Sunshine on Etsy. I decided to create a wire wrapped pendant. (Actually, since it was so fun I made lots of them.) Please visit her shop and look at her beautiful supplies. Who doesn't want sea glass from the shores of Oahu?
Flat nosed pliers
Round nosed pliers
Side cutter pliers (not pictured)
About 18 inches of wire (I used a copper coated base wire for mine, but you can use any sort of wire you would like)
Select a piece of sea glass you want to use for your pendant.
Set your piece of sea glass aside and create a wire wrapped loop.
To do this:
Bend the wire at a 45 degree angle using your flat nosed pliers.
Create a loop using your round nosed pliers.
Wrap underneath the bottom of the loop by holding the loop with your flat nose pliers and wrapping the short end of the wire around the long end underneath the loop. If there is extra after three wraps or so, trim it off using your side cutter pliers.
Position the loop where you would like the top of the pendant to be and begin wrapping. Have fun and experiment!
Keep wrapping until you are ready to finish the piece. Begin a spiral using your round nosed pliers.
Continue the spiral by grasping the start of it with your flat nosed pliers and twisting the wire around itself.
Position the spiral where you would like it, ensuring that the sea glass is supported by the wire and can not fall out.
That's it! It is addicting...I dare you to do just one! These five were done in a single sitting! This was my very first time using sea glass, and I loved it! They are all for sale in my Etsy shop, Altered Beauty.
I hope that this was helpful and will inspire you to visit 808Sunshine's Etsy shop and purchase some beautiful sea glass! Thanks for the amazing glass!