Make a Beautiful Golden Leaf Wire Necklace
Follow our 9-step intermediate project to making you own stunning wire wrapped piece...
You will need:
1.2mm gold plated wire (Approx. 30cm)
0.4mm gold plated wire (lots! 10-20mt.)
Thin gold plated chain (1 meter)
Mixture of beads and briolettes. I have used blue topaz, citrine, aquamarine, labrodorite, clear crystal and gold plated beads.
Round nosed pliers
Chain nosed pliers
The first stage of this piece is to make the frame work for the piece: Cut off around 25cm of 1.2mm gold plated wire using your side cutters. Take your round nosed pliers and bend the wire near the middle, creating a leaf-like curved shape using the natural curve of the wire.
Where the wires cross at the top, wrap one wire around the other using your chain nosed pliers to secure the shape. After a few wraps, cut the wire off as close as you can to the wraps and squash the end of your wire in using your chain nosed pliers. With the remaining stalk of wire, wrap it over your round nosed pliers to make a loop to hang the pendant on.
Take a new piece of 1.2mm wire (approx 15cm) and repeat the process making a smaller leaf shape, being sure again to wrap the wires at the top to secure the shape. Once the shape is complete, attach the smaller leaf to the larger one with the remaining stalk of wire by wrapping it around the wraps below the bail loop. Finally cut off any wire ends and squash the ends in with your chain nosed pliers.
Cut off a long piece of 0.4mm gold plated wire and begin wrapping it around the whole frame of the piece. This will also help to secure the smaller leaf shape to the larger one. Make sure, as you are wrapping you keep your wires neat and wrap them tightly next to each other. Squash in any wire ends with chain-nosed pliers.
Once the whole frame of the piece is covered you can begin to add your beads and briolettes. Using a new piece of 0.4mm wire, wrap it around the base a few times to secure it in place and then add your beads, one-by-one making sure you are happy with where they are placed before adding the next bead.
Once you have added a few beads around the edge, you need to put in place a few guide wires across the large leaf shape in order to support the beads as you add them. Still using 0.4mm wire, wrap it around the frame in a zigzag shape and continue to fill in the shape with your beads until you are happy with the design.
Next, using a new piece of 0.4mm wire, add a blue topaz briolette to the small leaf shape for decoration and add three additional beads to the top right side of the piece. This is what I have done in this piece but you can let your creativity go and use the wire to wrap beads where every you like within the frame of the leaves.
Now you have finished the leaf pendant and need to add the chain: thread 1mt of thin gold plated chain through the loop at the top of your piece and using 0.4mm wire and add some briolettes to the chain for additional sparkle.
Cut the end of the chain to the desired length and join the two ends together with a bead and looped wire at each end. There is no need for a clasp on this piece as it is a long necklace that can be easily put over your head but if you are making a smaller necklace add a clasp at this point.