How to Make a Wire Bird Nest Pendant

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Designer: Julie Bean
Learn how to make a wire bird's nest pendant in this simple tutorial video. All you need are 3 beads and 5 feet of 26 gauge wire. You can make your bird's nest into a pendant or use as a charm.
Audio Transcript
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This is Julie at www.Beadaholique.com. In this video we're going to be learning how to make a wire Bird's Nest. You've probably seen a lot of these out there in the stores or online. They're quite popular right now and they're really fun and easy to make. For this project we are gonna need a pair of flush cutters, we're gonna need a pencil or any type of round dowel, we need some round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire. I choose twenty-six gauge but you can choose twenty-four or whatever you're comfortable working with. And three little beads. These are turquoise because I like the color variation. I thought they looked like robins eggs. Now you can use pearls or any type of round beads. These are six millimeter. I've gone ahead and I've precut myself five-feet of the twenty six gauge wire. You can use silver wire, gold or anything you want depending upon the project. I'm going to began by taking my three round beads and string them on to the wire. I'm gonna slide them down about three inches. At this point I'm going to just create a little triangle with them and twist two or three times. I don't need to do it that often. I'm going to leave that tail out there and leave that straight. Now I'm going to do something with the rest of my wire which is something that we never usually want to do when beading and working with wire. I'm going to purposefully try to kink it. And to do that I'm going to take my pencil but you can use any type of dowel And I'm going to wrap it around. You can do this pretty quick. What you don't want to have happen is create a kind of knot. So just pull that out. That kink is fine but leaving an actual loop but it's going to be hard to pull through the wire when you're weaving your bird's nest. So try to keep that in mind. Now I'm going to pull that out. Just smooth that out. So now I have a nice wave and I actually really like a messy bird's nest. So I'm going leave about three inches here as well but I'm not gonna overly kink. I'm just going to go in here and twist. Again I'm not creating any type of loop but I'm creating little kinks. You're gonna take the wire and going pretty close to the beads you're going to wrap it around in a circle about five times. You can do that more than five if you want. Five is just a good medium number to start with. Also if you get too much more wraps than five it's get a little bit hard to hold onto. Now I've come back to my starting point and I need to now secure those in place. I'm just going to now put it through the first space between my two beads. I thread that all the way through so it comes out the other side. One problem with the kinky wire is that it does snag on different things that you have on your workspace. So kind of be aware of that. It's going to catch on a lot of things. Pull that through and then I'm going to wrap it around. I'm going to go back through there another time. You're going to think I have too much wire and you're going to be tempted to cut it but you're gonna be thankful for that wire in the end. Okay I did that through one of the joints I'm going to go ahead and do it through another one. Again it's just coming out the back. You can even go through the little hole if that's easier for you. I'm going to show you what to do so that you don't end up with wire covering your egg. And when we get to that point you can just pull it and they'll pull right through. Now we're going to go over to the final one. I've got all three ends secure so now those five wrappings that I did are secure. You don't to have to hold them anymore. So now I'm going to start working on getting the base. So here's my finished piece. You can kind of see how I've done it there. To start that process I'm going to make a little loop in the middle. I'm just going to wrap. Just kinda go in circles. You can do this five times, ten times. How ever many time you want to do it where you feel like you still have control over the piece and it's not getting away from you. Once you feel like you've got number of them there, just go ahead take your wire thread it through you're already secure wrappings. Basically you're just anchoring everything that you do. Just don't want it to be able to come undone. I'm going to keep building on my outer edge at the same time too. Again it's really random. You notice this side kind of got a little bit bigger than the other side. So I'm going to squish that down. Do a couple more loops. Doesn't always have to be round loops. You can kind of make little figure eights or whatever you want. Just make sure that you can secure them down. Just go in here at the edge and just doing this kind of gentle swooping loops along the outer circles. When you get to the point where you have about three inches left. You're going to meet up with the other tail. It's about two inches. It doesn't have to perfect. So at this point you have a couple choices. You can either make loop like this, which is what I'm gonna do and that way it's just all enclosed one piece. You can go ahead and fold these wires under and just tuck them into the bottom wires and nesting. And then you can attach a jump ring just to one of the exposed wires if you want to do that. But for this project, just so that it's complete. I'm going to go ahead and make a wrapped wire loop at the top. The way and I do that because I've got two wires obviously and I just going to twist them together. Using my flush cutters. I'm going to cut off there because they were uneven Now I'm going to make a wrapped wire loop using my twisted wires. Using my chain nose pliers. And there you have a Bird's Nest Charm. Go to Beadaholique.com for all of your beading supplies needs!

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