Wire Line Art Pendant (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s a different kind of wire pendant that’s fun to create.

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It involves making wire shapes and arranging them into a pleasing design or picture in a jewelry photo frame.

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Most wire pendants use the wire as a three-dimensional structure or sculpture.

But in this project we’ll use the wire as lines to create flat art inside a frame.

Supplies:

  • Photo jewelry pendant frame.
    Mine is from Ranger Inkssentials Memory Frames, 1″x3″ (25.4mm x 76.2mm) rectangular photo frame.
    The frame opens at one top corner with a small metal latch:

    Pendant frame for Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • 2 pieces of glass that are made to fit in your photo jewelry pendant frame.
    Mine are Ranger Inkssentials Memory Glass, 1″x3″ (25.4mm x 76.2mm) size.
    Often the glass comes with the frame – but if not, then you’ll need to buy the glass separately:

    Pendant frame glass for Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • 24 gauge round black craft wire / Artistic Wire.
    I found that any wire thicker than 24 gauge was too thick to work in my pendant frame.
    However, your frame may be different from mine, and you may be need to use a thicker or thinner wire than 24 gauge.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Pliers and / or other tools for shaping your wire.
  • Jeweler’s steel block and plastic, rubber or rawhide hammer.
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers for opening and closing a jump ring.
  • Piece of paper the same size as your glass pieces.
    This will be the background for your wire art.
    I cut a 1″x3″ (25.4mm x 76.2mm) piece from a scrap of ordinary white computer / typing paper.
  • Regular white “school” glue – such as Elmer’s, etc.
  • Toothpicks.
  • Jump ring – I used a fairly large one, so I’d have the option to wear the pendant on different sizes of cords / chains / ribbons.
  • Cord, chain, etc. for wearing your pendant.

How to Make a
Wire Line Art Pendant:

IMPORTANT:

Because these jewelry frames were designed to hold flat objects like photos, I discovered that all wire in the design must lie flat in a single layer so it can fit into the frame.

I found that if any wires in the design crossed, wrapped, or layered over each other, it made the wire design too thick to fit in the frame.

However, you may want to experiment with that.

Your frame may be different from mine, and you may be able to layer wire pieces or use a thicker wire than 24 gauge.

Start out by deciding what kind of line art design you want for your pendant.

Abstract? A flower with a long stem?

Here are some shape ideas to get you started:

  • spirals
  • squiggles
  • zig-zags
  • curves
  • angles
  • geometric shapes
  • straight lines
  • symbols
  • letters
  • numbers.

Use your pliers or other tools to shape your wire:

Shaping wire for Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I started with no design plan in mind.

I simply made a few curved wire shapes, and decided I’d make a design from them.

Below are the four simple wire shapes I made – one long, one medium length, and two small shapes.

I made sure each would fit within my 1″x3″ (25.4mm x 76.2mm) frame area:

Wire shapes for Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After making your wire shapes, it’s important to flatten each shape, so that when you lay them on your paper background, nothing will be sticking up.

So place one wire shape at a time on your steel block and use your plastic, rubber or rawhide hammer to make each shape lie flat:

Hammer-flattening wire shapes for Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now play around with your wires on your piece of background paper, until you get your design the way you want it.

Hot Tip: It’s easier to nudge the wire pieces into place with the tip of a toothpick than with fingers:

Arranging wires with a toothpick - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Once you’ve arranged your wires into a design you like, take a photo of it so you can refer back to exactly how it looks while you’re glueing the wires to the background paper.

Then remove the wire pieces from the background paper.

Now it’s time to glue your wire design onto the background paper.

Below, I’ve got my usual mess-confinement system (a plastic jewelry tray with all necessary supplies for the glueing procedure).

Inside the tray, I’ve got:

  • a piece of waxed paper
  • my small piece of background paper (on the waxed paper)
  • a bottle of white glue
  • toothpicks for arranging and pressing down the wire pieces
  • a paper towel for wiping glue off my fingers
  • my four wire shapes.

Getting ready for glueing - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(Outside the tray, have your phone or camera showing the photo you just took of your wire design; you’ll be glad to refer to it while you’re positioning your wire pieces on the glue.)

Start by squeezing a thin layer of white glue onto your background paper:

Glueing - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the side of a toothpick to spread the glue evenly over the entire top surface of the background paper; the glue should be a thin layer:

Spreading glue with a toothpick - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Referring to your photo of the design, place your largest wire shape on the gluey background paper.

Use the tip of a toothpick to nudge the wire into place.

When you’re happy with its placement, use the side of the toothpick to press every part of the wire against the paper, so that all parts of the wire are stuck into the glue:

Pressing wire shape into the glue - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Add the next largest wire shape to your paper, positioning it with a toothpick tip and pressing every part of it down into the glue with the toothpick’s side:

Pressing wire shape into the glue - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue adding your wire pieces to the design, positioning them where you want them, and then pressing them down into the glue.

When you’re finished, your workspace may look something like this:

Glued wire line art - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let your glued project dry for at least one hour.

When it’s dry, pick up your background paper that has the wire pieces glued to it.

Lay it on the bottom piece of glass from your pendant frame:

Placing the line art on the bottom glass - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then lay the top piece of glass over the surface of your paper and wires, making a “sandwich”:

Sandwiching the line art between the glass - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Open the latch at the corner of your photo frame, and open up the frame.

Keeping the sandwich together, slide it into the opened photo frame:

Inserting line art into pendant frame - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Press the metal frame edges into place around the glass sandwich, and thread the frame’s latch through the hole on the side of the frame:

Inserting line art into pendant frame - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Gently bend the latch downward to lock the frame shut:

Closing the pendant frame - Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your flat nose / chain nose pliers to twist open your jump ring, and thread it through the loop at the top of your pendant frame:

Attaching jump ring to Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then twist the jump ring shut, and thread your choice of chain, cord, etc. through the jump ring.

Attaching chain to Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished Wire Line Art Pendant may look something like this:

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Line Art Pendant - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn How to Design
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. What a beautiful bit of workmanship… I like the scrolls and I like the idea of designing something like this.

  2. Lauren says:

    I could see wire initial pendants made from these.

  3. Rena – This wire pendant is lovely. It looks like it would be fun to make and can be used in multiple ways. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Susan M says:

    Simply gorgeous!

  5. Susan Dunham says:

    Thanks for the showing how to! Very unique!

  6. I love this idea, it’s simple and elegant and you could do so much with it. I like Lauren’s idea of initials. It could also make a great keepsake for a pressed flower, or even a photo glued in with a wire heart on or around it.

  7. Great idea Rena…..I bought some “DANGLY EARRINGS” for my wife…..the card included 4 different triangular shapes ……some taller than others…..
    They’re just gold tone frames….as such….but I’m thinking of creating my wire shape…(for the interior of the pendant)…..and then WIRING it into place….
    I liked some of your “wire art” from an earlier issue….so I think I’ll just co-mingle the two separate ideas

  8. That sounds like a great idea, Kenny! I’d love to see the finished piece.

  9. Kathy says:

    Very nice and detailed tutorial. Thanks again!!!

  10. What a lovely pendant! I’ve never seen anything like it. I love the scrolls! Your tutorial is very understandable, like usual. A person could create fancy initials, also. Thank you so much for your inspiring tutorials, Rena!

  11. Lyone says:

    This is really lovely. I think I might try this with some of the rice and mulberry papers, too.

  12. Penny says:

    I went on Google to get the glass frames and glass, and all I found was a tutorial. Rena, can you tell me how to order them.
    Penny
    Pens Jewelz

  13. Hi Penny, thanks for asking! I got the frames and glass in my local craft store, Hobby Lobby.

    I just did a bit of online searching, and it appears that the exact frame I used isn’t being manufactured anymore.

    However, I just did some searching online, and found that there are a lot of different kinds of photo-frame jewelry pendant components that would probably work well for this wire line art pendant.

    Try doing an online search for “hinged glass locket” and “glass locket pendant” on
    google.com
    rings-things.com
    etsy.com (in Etsy’s “Craft Supplies & Tools” category)
    photojewelrymaking.com
    etc.

    I saw several interesting styles of jewelry pendant frames and glass using these searches.

  14. Such an elegant piece! I love it! 😉

  15. Rena I have made some frames for wire wrapping, various shapes depending on what I was framing out of heavier wire. 016 is pretty stiff to work with but it works for this if its not too complicated Also incorporate your bale while your at it. I also like the idea of rice paper also, that would be pretty. If you want to do it in silver you could solder your frame together also I think. I can’t wait to try this, its a great idea and wire wrapping is my newest most favorite thing to do.

  16. Another idea– you could also solder or wire wrap your entire piece as Kenny suggested and eliminate the glass. That I will also do I think You don’t even need the paper then either. again I need to hurry and try all of this.

    Lou

  17. So pretty! Who would have thought it was so simple, it looks super complicated at first.

  18. This is lovely and you’ve given such a great tutorial on how to make them. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Very beautiful.

  20. I think this looks so elegant! My granddaughters would love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Wow, this is one of the most detailed and thorough tutorials I’ve come across! Thank you so much for providing such great information. I dabbled in jewelry making back in grad school but my supplies have been packed away in storage for years…..this makes me want to pull them out and give the hobby a go again! Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

  22. So lovely!! you have the greatest tutes for the most lovely jewelry! Appreciate your sharing!

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