It’s springtime in the Rockies, my friend. And I can’t think of a better time to kick off the Twig Pendant Make-Along series!
The Twig Pendant is by far my most popular design. So it seems appropriate to convert it to a video make-along series first. This design has a distinctly organic feel to it. It’s also unique in that no two Twig Pendants will ever be exactly alike. Yet, its construction is deceptively simple. And with added video support, both beginner and intermediate wire weavers alike are sure to make this pendant successfully.
The beauty of this design is that it adapts well to a variety of different bead shapes and sizes. And it’s super simple to customize the length of your pendant to suit your tastes.
How the Twig Pendant Make-Along Works
The make-along video series will roll out over the next few weeks. During that time, the MAL Companion Workbook will only be available to my email subscribers, here on the blog, and through my YouTube channel. It will not be available in my Etsy shop until the make-along video series is complete.
Once all of the guided video tutorials are live, I’ll update the companion guide to include links to those videos, and I’ll make it available in my Etsy shop for the full price.
For a limited time, you can save 25% on the Twig Pendant MAL Companion Workbook. It’s an early bird special for those who join the make-along while the videos are still in production. That’s just my way of saying thanks for your patience while I create the guided make-along videos and get all the moving parts linked together.
Step 1 – Download the Free Twig Pendant MAL Starter Guide
I’ve created a FREE Project Starter Guide for this make-along, which you’ll find in my resource library. That guide contains all the basic information you’ll need to make this project successfully (for free) using just the video instruction alone. There, you’ll find a complete list of all the tools and materials you’ll need for both the original and the torch-free variations of this design. You’ll also find some helpful notes about the design, such as finished size and skill level recommendations, along with links to additional tutorials and resources that you might find helpful.
Do you need a password to get into my resource library? No problem! Just complete and submit the form below (or the one at the bottom of this page) and you’ll receive a password instantly.
If you’d like a detailed printable tutorial, you can also upgrade to the Twig Pendant MAL Companion Workbook, which contains all of the information included in the free starter guide along with detailed step-by-step instructions for making the Twig Pendant. The project workbook contains even more additional resources to help you create this design successfully, including tips and tricks that are not covered in the free video tutorials.
Do you prefer to work from written instructions? Or do you like to take notes while watching video tutorials online? Either way, the companion guide will surely be helpful.
If you bought the original Twig Pendant tutorial, you may be wondering, what’s changed? Do I really need the upgraded guide?
Well, as far as the pendant construction goes, not much has changed. I’ve clarified some details in the instructions, I’ve updated several of the images, and I’ve created space for you to record notes on any modifications you’ve made to the design. But I’ve also added a lot more helpful tips and instant access to additional training resources. Such as the Figure 8 Weave and the Torch Basics videos, for instance. These skills are essential for the Twig design. But one of the issues with the original tutorial is that I couldn’t find great outside references for those skills. So, I had to create my own!
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And save 25% on the companion project workbook, which contains all the resources you’ll need to make the Twig Pendant successfully. Again and again!
Step 2 – Gather Your Tools and Supplies
You’ll find shoppable links to most of the tools and supplies that you’ll need for this project below. Wherever possible, I’ve linked to the same sources that I use myself. I’ve also linked to at least one alternative source for each item as well. Just in case you can’t find what you need through my primary source. Or maybe you simply prefer to shop elsewhere.
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Tools Needed for the Twig Pendant MAL
Tools indicated with an asterisk (*) are the tools that are listed in the MAL Companion Guide. These tools are essential for creating the Twig Pendant, as written in those instructions. But I’ve also listed some additional tools that I used in the video-guided tutorials. Just in case you’re wondering what those tools are and where I got them.
- Wire Cutters* – Any sharp side cutters designed specifically for jewelry making will do.
- Stepped Bail-Making Pliers* – This is one of my favorite tools. I use them on nearly every piece of jewelry that I make.
- Ring Clamp – This is rapidly becoming one of my most essential tools. I’ve started to feel the first twinges of arthritis in my hands recently, so I’ve been letting my ring clamp do more work for me. And my hands are grateful!
- Nylon Jaw Pliers* – The soft nylon jaws on these pliers allow you to hold your work firmly without leaving unsightly tool marks on your wire. These pliers will quickly become one of your favorite tools!
- Ruler* – A good stainless steel ruler is always a good thing to have on hand at your bench, but you can use any kind of ruler. My go-to ruler is an old scale that I’ve had since high school. It’s beat up and worn, but it’s still the first tool that I reach for whenever I need to measure a length of wire or chain. So, grab whatever you have around the house. Or borrow a ruler from your kids!
- Fine-Point Permanent Marker* – This is another thing that I consider essential. So, I buy them in bulk.
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- Kumihimo Bobbin – You’ll see me using one of these bobbins in the make-along videos. I very rarely measure and pre-cut weaving wire anymore. I just keep a bobbin loaded with weaving wire at all times, and I work directly from that.
- Sanding Boards – I buy my sanding boards from Rio Grande. I’ve looked for a comparable set of assorted grits from other sources with free shipping options. But I haven’t been able to find one that I like. Most of the assortments that you’ll find elsewhere are made for resin jewelry. And those grits are actually too fine for our needs as metalsmiths. So, here’s a link to the exact same sanding boards that I use and love.
- Shop Rio Grande
- Butane Torch* – A butane torch is a simple tool to use, and it’s a great entry level torch for jewelry makers. I bought my torch on Amazon, and I’ve linked to the exact same torch below. You’ll also find plenty of good alternatives on Etsy, if you prefer to shop there.
- Stainless Steel Cross-Lock Tweezers* – These tweezers are an absolute must for working with a torch. I do not recommend using pliers to hold your wire when working with a torch. The fact that these tweezers lock in the neutral position means that you’ll be able to maintain a firm and steady grip on red hot wires.
- Safety Glasses* – It’s always a good idea to wear safety glasses when making jewelry. But it’s especially important when working with fire. Be sure to check out my favorite safety glasses on Etsy. They’re both functional and stylish!
- Pickle Pot* – It’s a good idea to have a dedicated warming pot for your pickle solution. I use a small slow cooker, and it works beautifully for my needs!
- Quenching Bowl* – Any small sturdy bowl will do for this purpose. Just make sure it’s something you don’t mind dedicating to jewelry making. I use a small glass mixing bowl that I picked up at my local thrift store.
- Heatproof Surface* – Items that work well for this purpose are things like an old cookie sheet or baking pan. A large ceramic tile will work also, but I prefer something with a rim that can catch any drips of molten metal. I use a small square baking pan that I got at my local thrift store for under a dollar.
Materials Needed for the Twig Pendant MAL
I buy my wire on one-pound bulk spools almost exclusively from Rio Grande. You can also buy 4-ounce spools for some wires through Rio Grande, and that’s perhaps a better option if you’re not ready to commit to buying in bulk.
Also, please note that I use solid copper wire almost exclusively. So, all of the links below are for copper wire. That being said, all of these sellers also carry other jewelry wire alloys, including silver, brass, and bronze. My advice is to shop around to see where you can get the best price on your preferred wire.
Shop for Jewelry Wire and Bulk Chain
- 18ga Dead Soft Wire – about 16-1/2 inches (42 cm) per pendant
- 28ga Dead Soft Wire – about 60 inches (152 cm) per pendant
- The necklace chain that I use for my Twig Pendants comes from Rio Grande
Shop for Beads
My first recommendation for beads is to support your local bead shop first. This past year has been devastating for so many small business. So, see if you can find beads for your Twig pendants there before you shop online.
The next best source for beads is Etsy. Many small business owners with brick and mortar bead shops also run Etsy shops to help keep the lights on and the doors open in their Main Street stores. So I’ve gathered some of my favorite drop beads on Etsy that are perfect candidates for Twig Pendants.
I bought the Czech glass rondel beads that I used to accent my Twig Pendant at one of my favorite sources for Czech glass beads, Arte Bella Surplus.
Finally, I buy
a lot most of my gemstone beads from Cherry Tree Beads. They always have a great selection of gemstone beads, and their site is well organized and easy to navigate. They even have their beads grouped by shape. So you can find exactly what you’re looking for quickly.
Download the MAL Companion Guide
Save 25% on the project companion workbook today! This full color workbook provides easy access to everything you’ll need to make this design successfully. All in one document!
Skills Needed to Make the Twig Pendant
This design require two very specific wireworking skills, and I’ve created tutorials for both of those skills for you. First, you’ll need to know how to ball the ends of jewelry wire with a torch. Secondly, you’ll need to know how to do the Figure 8 Weave over thee base wires.
Step 3 – Let’s Make a Twig Pendant Together!
Now that you’ve downloaded your free MAL Starter Guide and/or the MAL Companion Guide and gathered all the tools and supplies that you’ll need, let’s get started! Just click the video thumbnail below to watch Part 1 of the Twig Pendant Make-Along series.
In this video, we’ll begin assembling the Twig Pendant. We start with balling the ends of the core wires, and we’ll weave the core wires together.
Part 2 of the Twig Pendant Make-Along is also available now. In this video, we’ll finish the Twig Pendant that we started in Part 1 of this series. We start by completing the twist, which is the key to this design. Then we’ll finish off the pendant by securing the core wires into place and making the pendant bail. I also demonstrate exactly how wire weaving tension can change the outcome of this design. So be sure to watch that video as well!
Would you prefer to make your Twig Pendant without using a torch? I’ve got you. Be sure to watch Part 3 of the Twig Pendant Make-Along where I demonstrate a fun and easy torch-free variation of my popular Twig Pendant design!
Don’t forget to grab the free Project Starter Guide, which provides all the specifications for this design, along with some additional helpful resources. You’ll find the free guide in my resource library, which is password protected.
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Thanks so much for participating in the Twig Pendant Make-Along! I hope this project resource guide and the accompanying video tutorials help you master all of the skills you’ll need to put your own unique twist on my most popular design.
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Let’s Get Social
I like to share useful wire weaving tips and tricks on my social media channels, and we have some great conversations about wire jewelry on Instagram. So, be sure to connect with me @door44studios on Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with what’s happening behind Door 44. And if you haven’t already done so, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel where you’ll find new wire jewelry videos weekly.
Until next time, my friend, go make something beautiful!