Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This charm holder pendant is easy to make from a single piece of wire, and it’s a lovely way to wear a collection of your favorite charms.

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can add charms to this pendant by opening the hook clasp on the right-hand side:

Hook Clasp on Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • A piece of round 16 or 18 gauge wire, 5.5″ (14 cm) long (I’m using 16 gauge copper wire in this tutorial).
  • Wire cutter (be sure to use tools that are made for the gauge of wire you’re using).
  • Round nose pliers.
  • A jewelry file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends.
  • A ring mandrel (or other cylinder that’s about 2.5″ [6.5 cm] in circumference – such as a pill bottle, chair leg, PVC pipe, dowel, etc.).
  • Plastic or nylon jewelry hammer.
  • Steel jeweler’s block (or other smooth hammering surface).
  • Fine-tip Sharpie marker.
  • Jump ring for hanging the pendant on a chain or cord.

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make a
Charm Holder Pendant:

Cut your wire to 5.5″ (14 cm) long:

charm-holder-pendant-tutorial-1

Now use your jewelry file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone to round and smooth off both ends of your wire:

Smoothing ends of copper wire

Use your fine-tip Sharpie marker to draw a mark that’s 4.5 cm from one end of your wire:

Marking wire

We’re going to start by making the tall center loop at the top of the pendant.

Grip the marked spot on your wire with your round nose pliers, with the wire about halfway between the tip and the bottom of the plier jaws:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap the wire around the top jaw of your pliers, till the wires cross:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now that we’ve made the center loop, we’re going to make the loop that the hook clasp will latch onto.

Use your round nose pliers to grab the very tip of the shorter end of your wire, with the wire about halfway between the tip and the bottom of the plier jaws:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Roll the end of the wire into a loop:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to work with the longer end of your wire, and make the loop that’s on the other side of your tall center loop.

Use your round nose pliers to grip a spot on the longer end of your wire that’s about the same distance from the tall center loop as the loop you made on the other end of the wire:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now wrap the long end of the wire around the jaw of your pliers to form the loop:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:
Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap the long end of your wire around the size 10 line on your ring mandrel (or other cylinder) to form a U-shape that curves all the way from one end loop to the other:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

At the end of your wire, use the tip of your round nose pliers to make a small hook that will fasten nicely into the loop at that end of the pendant:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s how the fastened hook and loop should look:

Hook Clasp on Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your charm holder pendant should look like this:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can use your plastic or nylon jewelry hammer with your steel jeweler’s block to hammer-harden your pendant:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now add a jump ring to the tall center loop and hang it on a chain or cord.

Then hang some charms on the bottom of your pendant:

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This easy charm holder pendant also makes a lovely gift – and you can give it with a “starter” charm or two.

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. Love this! I can imagine this pendant holder with all kinds of special charms. A great way to personalize jewelry.

  2. Thank you Rena for another nice idea. This also a nice idea to make dangle earrings, just add some earwires and add some dangly beads instead of the charms.

  3. Thanks, ladies! Christa, I hadn’t thought about using this idea for earrings – “changeable charm earrings” would probably be a good seller! Thank you for that additional idea. 🙂

  4. Sophie says:

    I love this idea!!!It is so unique!!

  5. oanh spano says:

    oh Dear dear dear……
    I love the way you are teaching,very undertanding and after I done the pendant holder I felt so great,thank you so much for teaching us ,what ever you done very helful.you are very kind.x

  6. Love it. I will try it. It would make great gifts. I like the earring idea too.

  7. Gorgeous, Rena! What a great shape, so ornate yet simple. Love this one!

  8. what a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  9. This is so pretty. My boys use to make glass bead jewelry when they were young. It’s fun to create something yourself. It’s so much more special.

    Consider yourself hugged.

  10. Amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning for future use!

    -Stopped by from MIY Monday!

  11. Beautiful! And a great tutorial, thank you for sharing!

  12. We love this tutorial. Thank you for making it so clear and detailed. I would not have thought I could do this, but now I think it is possible!

  13. Andrea B says:

    Thank you so much for a great tutorial! Using different color wire really expands the looks u can create too. I love the earring idea and will try both!
    My problem is that with the cup burr I still don’t get a nice, smooth end. With filled or plated wire, you also see the center. Seems the copper is best for a uniform look. How did u get your end so smooth with no marks?
    Thanks for any tips and tricks about this little detail!
    I love your site!

  14. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!

    Andrea, I find that I get the best wire ends by using a wire cutter that makes a flat cut, instead of one that makes a beveled cut. (I use a Xuron memory-wire cutter for most of my wire cutting.)

    Then, after making a nice flat cut, it’s quick and easy for a cup bur to make a really smooth, rounded edge on the flat cut. 🙂

  15. That is really unique looking. I love it. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week. Enjoy your week 🙂

  16. Pretty!!!

  17. I am visiting you from A Sheltering Tree. This is beautiful and you make it look so easy with your step by step photos. I like the way you have left an opening to be able to interchange charms also.

  18. Olga L. says:

    Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  19. This tutorial is great! It will definitely come in handy for gift ideas.

  20. I love the copper wire! The pendant turned out great. Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!

  21. Cool pendant design. Easy to follow tutorial too! Thanks for sharing!

  22. That is really cute! I took a jewelry class in high school, and I miss it. This makes me want to go buy some tools!

  23. I love this idea and have lots of cute charms. I wish I had the tools to make one of these…very sweet idea! Thanks!

  24. This is beautiful ~ You have the best tutorials!

    Lanaya | xoxo

  25. Oh I love the shape of the pendant holder!

  26. This is fabulous. Your step by step instructions make it look doable! Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Tuesday.

  27. This looks so cute and so easy to do…Okay–it takes skill I am sure to make it look as good as yours but the concept is easy enough for me to come up with something close!

  28. WOW what a great idea! I love this! Thank you for sharing this!

  29. The charm idea is so on trend right now. Thanks for your tutorial.
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  30. KATHI RUPPE says:

    RENA , I LOVE YOUR IDEAS. THEY’RE ALL SO UNIQUE AND EASY TO DO. THIS ONE IS EXCEPTIONALLY VERSATILE. CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE IT AND GIVE A FEW AS GIFTS. I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEWEST IDEAS. KEEP THEM COMING. THANKS.

  31. Dear Rena, thank you for sharing your ideas. As usual it was a great tutorial.

  32. Super cute!!!

  33. Great tutorial! I dabbled in wire wrapping a bit with jewelry. It takes a lot of technique and patience, that’s for sure! Beautiful creation!

  34. This is really pretty. Thanks!

  35. You are so clever! This is beautiful.

  36. This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Cute charm holder – great tutorial on how to make it, too.

  38. So cute and clever, a very good tutorial, thanks for sharing

  39. Hi Rena, I think I need to invest in some jewelry making basic tools and try some of your tutorials.

  40. Beautiful and love the detailed tute!! I love all the beautiful jewelry you show and it is so awesome you are willing to share how to make it!

  41. I love the shape of this. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

  42. I have never worked with wire but your tutorial is so great I think I might be able to do this. I love your charm holder pendent – it is so pretty and can be changed up in so many ways. Thank you for sharing. Cathy

  43. Jann Olson says:

    Love this idea for holding cute charms! Thanks for sharing.
    hugs,
    Jann

  44. Lovely tutorial! This looks easy enough to do and yours looks great.

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