Do you like to layer your jewelry? If so, you’re going to love my versatile little Delicate Bar Pendant! It stands beautifully on its own, but it also makes a fantastic layering piece. Bar pendants have been trending for a while now, and I don’t see any signs of that trend fading. And this sweet little wire woven bar is my own interpretation of this jewelry trend.

I don’t know about you, but I have curves, and I like my jewelry to have curves as well. I appreciate the clean modern lines of the manufactured bar pendants that are flooding the jewelry market today, but I wanted something just a bit more romantic and feminine for myself. The Delicate Bar Pendant is what I came up with, and it seems I’m not the only romantic out there who appreciates a few curves because I’ve sold quite a few of these little darlings. And now you can make them, too!

As you’ll discover in the Variations section of this tutorial, the wire woven bar can also be used as a component in a more complex piece. You’re going to take two very important lessons away from this tutorial. First, we’ll learn to work with very small gauge wires to create a dainty wire woven component. Secondly, I’ll show you how to think of wire weaving as modular elements that can be used in ways you never considered before.

Wire weaving doesn’t always have to be the main feature. Instead, it can add a wonderful pop of texture and interest to multimedia jewelry. I like to add wire woven components to bead embroidery, knotted cord, and micro macramé for truly one-of-a-kind jewelry that you’ll never find anywhere else.

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Alright. Are you ready to make something beautiful?

Getting Started on Your Delicate Bar Pendant

For best results, use half-hard solid copper or sterling silver wire for your core wires and dead soft copper or fine silver wire for weaving. If you choose to use a filled wire, be aware that the core wires are finished and hardened by hammering the wire. Even light hammering can expose the base metal core in filled wires, which can negatively affect your final finish. I don’t recommend plated or anodized craft wire for this necklace as those coatings will be ruined with this construction process.

Materials

The materials to create the Delicate Bar Pendant are 20ga, 24ga, and 30ga solid jewelry wire (copper wires is shown here). Optional materials are delicate necklace chain and accent beads of your choice.  See the resources section of this tutorial for details about the chain and gemstone beads pictured here.
  • 20ga half-hard wire – 4 inches (10 cm) for the pendant plus 5 inches (13 cm) for a small Infinity Clasp (optional)
  • 24ga half-hard wire – 10 inches (25 cm) for 4 closed-loop beaded connectors (optional)
  • 30ga dead soft wire – 28 inches (71 cm)
  • Round or roundel accent beads of your choice – 4+ each
  • Delicate necklace chain in a finish that matches your wire – 15 inches (38 cm)

Tools

The tools needed to complete the Delicate Bar Pendant are stepped bail-making pliers, nylon jaw pliers, wire cutters, chain nose pliers, chasing hammer, bench block, needle file, ruler and a fine-point permanent marker.

Finished Size

The Delicate Bar Pendant is about 1-3/4 inches wide and has a drop of just over 1/4 inch from top to bottom. I added an 18-inch chain embellished with 2mm x 3mm gemstone roundels to the sample pendant I made while writing this tutorial. I’ve included instructions for making the same chain that’s pictured here, but of course, you may customize the chain however you’d like.

You can easily adjust the length of your necklace by adding additional beads to the wrapped-loop connectors or by changing the length of the two chain segments. Embellished chains are a great way to express your unique personality and style, so feel free to experiment.

These sweet little Delicate Bar Pendants also make fabulous birthstone necklaces. Just use gemstone or crystal accent beads in traditional birthstone colors for a wonderful gift. My birthday is in August, so I chose my own birthstone, Peridot, to accent the necklace that I created for this tutorial.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

This tutorial uses the Modified Soumak Weave for two core wires. Click the link above for a quick tutorial if you’re not already familiar with that weave. You should also be comfortable weaving pre-formed core wires for this tutorial.

Other skills required to make the Delicate Bar Pendant are making wrapped loop connectors and working in closed spaces.

Instructions

These instructions assume that you’re using the wire gauges specified in the materials list. However, this design can be easily adapted to any gauge wire. Just keep in mind, the larger the wire gauge, the longer your pendant will need to be in order to maintain the soft, fluid lines. Feel free to experiment with different sizes and wire gauges. You’ll find countless ways in which you can incorporate the wire woven bar component into your jewelry.

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to make the Delicate Bar Pendant

  1. Measure and cut the two core wires

    Measure and cut one piece of half-hard 20ga wire 2 1/4 inches long (about 6 cm). This will be Wire 1. Cut Wire 2 at 1 3/4 inches long (about 4.5 cm).

    File the ends of your wires smooth, if necessary, and mark the center point of each wire with your fine-point permanent marker.

  2. Paddle the ends of Wire 1

    Use your bench block and chasing hammer to paddle both ends of Wire 1 (the longer wire). You want just a slight paddle on about 1/4 inch of each end of the wire.

    Smooth and shape the paddle with your needle file, if necessary. You core wire should look similar to the one pictured below. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 2: Paddle the ends of the longer of the two core wires using a bench block and chasing hammer. Refine the shape of the paddles with a needle file.

  3. Begin shaping Wire 1

    Using the 2mm step (the smallest step) on your bail-making pliers, grasp the tip of one paddled end and gently curl it about 3/4 of the way around the mandrel.

    Repeat on the other end making sure that the two curls face one another, as shown in the image below. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 3: begin shaping Wire 1 using stepped bail-making pliers

  4. Finish shaping Wire 1

    Position one curled end of Wire 1 at the center of the 3mm step (the second step) of your bail-making pliers. Grasp the wire just under the tight curl you made in the previous step. The rounded face of the curl should be pointed toward you.

    Use your fingers to push the long end of the wire away from you. Bring it all the way around the 3mm mandrel until the small curl touches the straight length of the wire, as shown below.

    Repeat on the other end of the wire to complete your shape. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 4: Finish shaping Wire 1 with Stepped Bail-Making pliers

  5. Work harden Wire 1

    Use your bench block and chasing hammer to flatten the large curves at the ends of Wire 1. Be careful to avoid hammering your small curls as you do so.

    Hammering will lock those curves into place so the wire will maintain its shape for the life of the necklace.
    Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 5: Work harden Wire 1 using a chasing hammer and bench block

  6. Begin shaping Wire 2

    Use the 4mm step on your bail-making pliers to make a very soft curve on one end of Wire 2. You want just a hint of a curve, as shown in the image below. Don’t go too far or your two core wires won’t nest neatly together.

    Repeat on the other end of Wire 2 making sure that the two curves are symmetrical and that they both face the same direction.Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 6: Begin shaping Wire 2 with stepped bail-making pliers

  7. Finish shaping Wire 2

    Now place Wire 2 just below Wire 1 with the two curve you made in Step 6 facing down away from Wire 1. Line up the center marks that you made in Step 1.

    Press the two wires down firmly on your work surface, and using your free hand, gently form the ends of Wire 2 up into the curved ends of Wire 1.

    Again, you don’t want to go too far. Just nest Wire 1 into Wire 2 slightly until the cut ends of Wire 2 form a soft S-curve, as shown below. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 7: Finish shaping Wire 2 so it nest up next to Wire 1

  8. Work harden Wire 2

    Use your bench block and chasing hammer to paddle the outer curves of Wire 2. Be careful to avoid flattening the inner curve or your two core wires won’t nest together.

    When you’re happy with the paddles on the two outer curves, use your needle file to refine the shape of the ends to your liking. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 8: Work harden the ends of Wire 2 to lock the curves into place

  9. Check the fit of your core wires

    Your core wires are now complete and ready to weave together. Test the fit and make sure the two wires nest together neatly. Everything should be lined up symmetrically, and the center marks should be aligned. If not, make any necessary adjustments now before proceeding with your weave. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 9: Check core wires for fit and make any final adjustments before weaving them together

  10. Prepare your weaving wire

    Cut a 28-inch (71 cm) length of dead soft 30ga wire.

    NOTE: If you’re making a silver pendant, you should have used half-hard sterling silver for your core wires. Use dead soft fine silver for weaving. Preparing to measure and cut a length of 30 gauge weaving wire

  11. Weave the first half of your bar pendant

    Locate the center of your 28-inch piece of weaving wire and position it on the center marks of your core wires. Begin weaving the two core wires together using the Modified Soumak Weave.

    Continue weaving in one direction until you reach the small curl on Wire 1. Make sure your center marks still line up before securing that curl. If not, slide your core wires back into alignment. Then lash the small curl of Wire 1 with a single pattern repeat.

    Continue weaving in pattern until you reach the point where the two core wires begin to diverge. End your weave with three wraps around Wire 2 and break your weaving wire. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 11: Begin weaving the two core wires together. Work from the center out toward one end of the bar and use the modified Soumak weave

  12. Finish weaving the bar pendant

    Flip your core wires over and repeat Step 11 on the other half of the pendant.

    Again, make sure the center marks on your two core wires are aligned and be sure to continue the weave pattern seamlessly.Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 12: Flip the bar over and finish weaving the two core wires together

  13. Finish shaping the wire woven pendant

    Now that the weaving is complete, we’re going to form the bar into a very soft curve that will add a bit more dimension to your pendant.

    Use your fingers and a large mandrel, such as a juice glass, to gently coax your bar into a soft curve.

    TIP: As you can see in the image below, I use a short piece of 1-1/2-inch copper pipe as a mandrel. This very basic piece of plumbing hardware has been invaluable to me as a forming tool. Look for items you have around your house, or cruise the plumbing aisle of your local hardware store to find useful mandrels for your wirework. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 13: Give the bar a very slight curve by forming it on a large mandrel. The mandrel shown is a short section of 1-1/2-inch copper pipe

  14. Assemble the necklace chain

    We’re now going to finish off our pendant with a bead embellished chain. Begin by cutting two 7-1/2-inch pieces of delicate necklace chain in a finish that matches the wire you chose for your pendant.

    You’ll find a link to the chain that I used in the Resources section of this tutorial below. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 14: Cut two pieces of necklace chain at 7-1/2 inches

  15. Cut wire for your wrapped loop connectors

    Cut four pieces of 24ga half-hard wire 2-1/2 inches long. Mark each wire at 1 inch from one end. This is where you’ll begin your first wrapped loop. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 15: Cut four pieces of 24ga half-hard wire to 2-1/2 inches long

  16. Attach wrapped loop connectors to your pendant

    Begin a wrapped loop and thread it through one of the large loops on top of your pendant. Finish wrapping the loop.

    Repeat on the other side of the bar. We’re now going to work on one half of the chain at a time. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 16: Attach wrapped loop connectors to the large loops on either side of the pendant

  17. Connect the chain

    Thread one or more accent beads onto one of the wrapped loops you just connected to the pendant. I used two 2mm x 3mm Peridot roundels on my loops. You’ll find a link to the exact beads that I used in the Resources section of this tutorial below.

    Begin a second wrapped loop just above the bead(s) and thread one end of a section of chain onto the loop. Close the loop with the same number of wraps that you used on the other side of the connector. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 17: Thread accent beads on one wrapped loop and begin a second wrapped loop above the beads. Thread one end of a piece of chain onto that loop

  18. Attach wrapped loop connector to the end of your chain

    Begin another wrapped loop and thread it onto the last link of the chain you just attached to the pendant. Finish wrapping that loop.

    Thread your accent bead(s) onto the wrapped loop and begin a second wrapped loop just above the beads. That end will connect to one half of your clasp. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 18: Attach another wrapped loop connector to the other end of the chain. Leave the second wrapped loop open so you can connect one half of your clasp

  19. Finish your necklace chain

    Repeat Steps 17 and 18 on the other side of your pendant. All that remains now is to attach a clasp. Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 19: Repeat steps 17 and 18 on the other side of the pendant. Your necklace is now ready for the clasp

  20. Attach the necklace clasp

    Using 5 inches of 20ga half-hard wire, make a small Infinity Clasp. Connect one half of the clasp to each of your remaining open loops.

    Delicate Bar Pendant, Step 20: Attach one half of your clasp to each half of the necklace chain.

That’s it! You’ve just completed your Delicate Bar Pendant. Put it on and admire your handiwork. It’s always a good idea to wear new pieces for a few hours to make sure they’re comfortable and that there are no sharp bits that might irritate skin or snag clothing. Make any final adjustments that are necessary before giving your new Delicate Bar Pendant its final finish and polish.

Next Steps

Finishing Your Delicate Bar Pendant

I patina all of my copper and silver jewelry with Liver of Sulfur (LOS), and then I burnish the patinated pieces with super fine steel wool (Grade #0000) in a warm bath of water and original Blue Dawn dish soap. The steel wool brings back the bright copper highlights on the high spots.

Once that’s done, I rinse the jewelry thoroughly to remove any particles of steel wool, and then I put the jewelry in a tumbler barrel filled with warm water and a generous squirt of Blue Dawn. I tumble all of my finished jewelry for a minimum of two hours.

If you’re new to wire weaving, this detailed tutorial walks you through my 7-step patina process. If you’re wondering why I recommend tumble polishing specifically, check out this post. And if you already own a tumbler, make sure you clean your stainless steel shot regularly so you’ll always get the best finish on your tumble-polished jewelry.

One last bit of tumbler advice before you go. Always make sure that any beads or stones that you use for your jewelry are safe to tumble. I don’t recommend tumbling natural pearls, soft gemstones, or glass beads with polymer coatings, such as glass pearls and certain frosted-look glass. If you’re not sure if your beads can handle the tumbler, run a test tumble with a bead that you’re willing to sacrifice.

Resources for the Delicate Bar Pendant

Wire

I purchase most of my wire at Rio Grande. The item numbers for the wires that I used while writing this tutorial are:

  • 132653 – copper round wire, 1-lb spool, 20 ga, 1/2-hard
  • 132650 – copper round wire, 1-lb spool, 24 ga, half-hard
  • 132327 – copper round wire, 1-lb spool, 30 ga, dead soft

Beads

I purchased the pretty little Peridot accent beads that I used in this tutorial on Etsy. The shop is called Fabulous Rocks and it really is a fabulous resource for gemstone beads. I highly recommend them!

Here’s a link to the same Peridot beads that I used while writing this tutorial.

Chain

The delicate chain I used while writing this tutorial is also from Rio Grande. Be aware that this chain comes with a bright copper finish. It takes patina well, however, so it’s very easy to match the chain to your wire components.

  • Item # 62871820 – Copper Flash-Plated 1.4mm Drawn Cable Chain, 20ft. Spool.

Variations of the Delicate Bar Pendant

This image shows three possible variations of the Delicate Bar Pendant. Notice how I used the same basic concept and bar construction as wire woven elements in more complex multi media jewelry pieces. Wire weaving doesn't have to be complex, and it doesn't have to stand alone. Although the Delicate Bar Pendant does stand on it's own quite well, as demonstrated in this tutorial, it also works beautifully as a bail for the two bead embroidery bib necklaces pictured here.

The Delicate Bar Pendant can be used in countless ways. It stands all on its own, as demonstrated in the design we just completed. But as you can see in the image above, it also works beautifully as a component in more complex jewelry pieces. I use these bars all the time in my work, and they never fail to add just the right amount of texture and interest wherever I include them.

In order to modify this wire woven bar, first, consider the size of the core wires that you have in mind. You want the length of your bar to be in balance with the thickness of your wire.

You can adapt this bar design to frame larger focal pieces, as I did in the two bead embroidery pieces pictured above. Or you can stack multiple bars to create a striking pendant with a bold texture. Try connecting multiple bars together horizontally to form an interesting chain.

Experiment with this design. Play with different sizes and shapes to create pieces that are uniquely your own. Think of ways that you can mix wire woven bars with other wire woven components, such as bead frames. And be sure to watch for new tutorials because I’ll be pairing this bar with a large bead frame in a piece that I have planned for this coming Autumn!

Thank You!

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed creating my sweet little Delicate Bar Pendant. If you’d like a printable PDF version of this tutorial, you can find it here.

Also, be sure to favorite my Etsy shop for the latest ad-free printable PDF tutorials. And I’d love to see what you’ve made and hear your ideas and suggestions for new tutorials and blog posts. So, be sure to connect with me @door44studios on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Until next time, go make something beautiful!

~Wendi

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How adorable is this little bar pendant? Sometimes you just need a quick and easy wire weaving project to make you feel accomplished, and it's always nice to treat yourself to a cute little birthstone necklace, too. That's exactly what I did when I chose those pretty little Peridot beads for the model I created while writing this tutorial. The Delicate Bar Pendant is one of my more popular and versatile designs, and now you can make it yourself with this FREE tutorial!