Twist and Turn Pendant
Are you ready for a challenge? Then this beautiful Twist and Turn pendant fits the bill. This is an advanced project which requires a certain amount of accuracy to achieve symmetry. I have found that the shape of briolette which works best for this project is a flattish bead with matching height and width. However, you can still use briolettes/drop beads with other proportions but the result will be slightly different.
If your bead is much smaller than 15x15mm you might consider using 0.8mm/20 gauge wire so as not to obscure the bead.
There are three weaves used in this project but don’t worry they are fully explained and illustrated on large knitting needles for greater clarity.
Most of the wire bending in this project is done in an intuitive way using only your fingers. It’s very important to do this very slowly but firmly. You are not so much bending the wire as placing it. Getting it right first time will make for a much neater result.
Do experiment bending the wire in different directions from those given here to achieve various effects. It does take quite a bit of practise not to mention trial and error to achieve a perfect balance.
There are 69 steps, 39 pages and 98 photos.
Level of difficulty: ADVANCED
- 50m/8.2 feet of 0.3mm/28gauge wire
- 52cm/17” 1mm/18gauge soft round wire
- 6cm/2.5” 0.8mm/20gauge wire for measuring the briolette
- 1 15mm/15mm briolette
- 1 12x8mm briolette
- 10 3mm metal beads
- Soft jaw pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Flat nose pliers/parallel jaw pliers
- Ball pein hammer
- Bench block/anvil
- Permanent marker
- Measuring tape
- Thin wire for binding or tape