How to Make Simple Charms

In this photo tutorial I will show you how to make simple charms or pendants.

Here are the charms, aren’t they cute? I used rose quarts nuggets, that’s what I had handy in my jewelry supplies box today. I like rose quartz, it is the crystal of LOVE 🙂

simple charms

Here is what you need:

  • stones or crystals (or anything that can be hung, preferably top drilled)
  • wire, I used artistic wire 22 gauge
  • assorted pliers

materials needed

First steps, please follow the numbered pictures. Cut the wire, you need approx 5″ to work with. Bend the wire and wrap as shown.

how to make simple charms

Last steps, please follow the pictures. Cut extra wire and continue wrapping the bail. Tuck in the ends by putting pressure with the pliers. You don’t want any wires to stick out!

tutorial

That’s it, you got it!
You can use any stones or crystals you like, silver, gold or copper wire, be creative and have fun!

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How to Make an Eye Pendant

In this post I will show you how to make an ORB. It is basically a cabochon eye, wrapped with wire and made it in a pendant. This is our finished piece of jewelry.

eye orbWhat you need:
– 24 gauge artistic wire (silver color copper wire)
– 2″ bangle or any other already made circular frame
– flush cutter and a set of pliers
– eye cabochon from any craft store

wire wrap eye

Step 1 – Cut 8 pieces of wire, 24″ long and fold them in half.
Step 2 – Attach the wires to the bangle, using 3 loops, as shown. Try to place them symmetrically. You will have 16 pieces of lose wires.
Step 3 – Twist every two of them together. You will have 8 bunches of wires now.
Step 4 – Twist again every two of them together. You will have 4 bunches of wires now.

step 3

Step 5 – Bring together all the wires, as shown. Be gentle. You will have a thick bunch of wires now.

step 5

Step 6 – Start wrapping the eye.
This is when the fun begins and your creativity kicks in. I can not suggest every move and twist, as it is up to you to play with the wire. As shown in the picture below, you place the eye in the middle of the bunch of wires and gently bring each wire on top of the eye and slide it on the other side of the pendant. My tip here is to use wires from opposite sites, so the eye will stay put from the beginning. Once you cover the eye with all 16 wires, turn the pendant and tuck in the wires on the back of the eye cabochon. The last picture shows you how it looks. Don’t worry, it looks a little messy at the beginning, but you will press the wires and they will look neat.

step 6

Ok…. so now the eye is secured, that means it doesn’t move 🙂
Gently push the wires from the surface of the eye, to the sides. Try to make a cute design. Flip the pendant and do the same thing on the back. Be patient, it will come around!

Step 7 – Start wrapping the frame.
This is the last step. Wrap the frame all around. Use strings of wires about 20″ long, it is easier. When you need a new string, just make the loop! Wire is a very forgiving material. In the picture below I show how I made a bail, just by continuing wrapping another inch and then twisting and attaching it to the frame.

TIP – when cutting wires, do it very close to the base and use pliers to tuck the ends in. This way the pendant will not scratch the skin.

step 7

That’s it! 7 steps to make a very unique pendant. Add a chain or a cord and wear it in good health. This is a very cool pendant, you will get lots of compliments and it will remind you of your inner spiritual self, because:

EYE IS THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL

eye orb pendant

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Recycled/Upcycled Art – How to Make Magnets from Soda Cans

I love to recycle/upcycle, as much as possible. In this article I will show you how I am using soda cans to create beautiful fridge magnets. Enjoy!

Ok… this is the magnet I made recently. The final product looks like this:

lizard magnet

… a cute lizard…

These are the parts that form my magnet: a frame, a magnet and the foil.

lizard magnets parts

The frame is one of those ‘wedding favor’ frames, you can buy them in bulk online. The magnet? You buy in self-adhesive sheets. Measure, cut and glue the magnet on the back of the frame.

lizard magnets foil

The aluminum foil is the center of attraction. This particular one came from a Sprite soda can. Cut the can carefully with scissors, you will get a rectangle. Measure to fit the frame.

work in progress

Now the fun part begins!

Draw the lizard on a piece of paper, cut it out and place the lizard on the colorful part of the soda foil. Draw the contour with marker. Then use an embossing tool or just a wooden stick or pencil (not very sharp), and press gently inside the contour, until you see the lizard taking shape on the other side. This is the basic embossing method.

Once the lizard is ready, pour some glue and let it set. I like to used a glue gun with hot glue because it cools fast.

Once the glue is set, you are sure that the lizard will always stay in place 😉

Now you can decorate your lizard with some little paintings, like flowers. I use nail polish, it works best for tin foil! I also like to emboss the flowers, just a little, to add some more dimension.

So here you have it. Cool project, try it!

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Tutorial – How to make a wire Dream Catcher

I will show you how to make a cute dream catcher by using wires, no threads, no glue.
This is the dream catcher we are making, isn’t it adorable?

dream catcher

These are the items you need:

  • hard wire 12 gauge
  • soft wire 24 gauge
  • assorted wooden beads
  • feathers
  • pliers and cutter

I will not be very specific on the beads and feathers, as you can use any colors and styles you want. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you another way to make dream catchers, other than the traditional thread-and-glue technique.

ingredients

STEP 1
Make the frame. My frame is 6″ diameter. Slide your beads of choice on the hard wire. Make a loop (bail) and close the frame. Secure it with additional wire. You want a sturdy and straight frame.
Tip: You can use a pre-made beading hook, they sell it in the crafts store. In that case, you don’t need to make a bail, you will use a spring ring to hang your dream catcher.

step1

STEP 2
Cut 7 feet of soft wire, this will be your spider web. Make sure you have enough space to let your wire flow, it will be a little hectic at the beginning, as the wire is very long. Patience is the name of this game!

Slide the wire through the bail, that is your beginning point. Count all your beads and divide them in equal parts. In this project I had 45 beads, I divided by 5, so I will have 9 pointers for my dream catcher.

Now start weaving the wire as shown in the picture. It is the same technique like the thread method, but you will use the soft wire. Go around, count the beads and when you finish the first round, keep going…

step2

STEP 3
When you come close to the middle, slide 3 beads on your wire. I used three crystal nuggets, to make it more interesting. This step is optional, some people don’t use any beads in the middle.

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STEP 4
Now we work on the bottom part of our dream catcher. Cut a piece of wire, approx. 10″. Fold it in half and attach it to the frame, by making a loop and a twist. Slide the beads on both wires. The last beads in my project are tube beads, with a large hole. The wires are now out of my tube beads.

Take two feathers and stick them into the end of the last bead. When you feel that they are correctly positioned, wrap the wires, two loops in each direction. Now the beads and feathers are secured. Repeat this step until you finish the five “legs”.

step4

That’s it! You finished your dream-catcher! Go ahead and hang it in your bedroom. All the bad dreams will be caught in this magical dream catcher!

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Tutorial – Sea-glass Wire Wrapped Pendant

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a sea-glass pendant using wire. This method will work for any un-drilled stone, any shape, and it will always come out good, trust me. All you need is to pre-made the wire wrapping, and you will learn how to do this right here, right now.

Here is the sea-glass pendant that I made.

seaglass pendant

Materials: a piece of seaglass, wire, pliers and cutters. I used a dark green piece of sea-glass from Nova Scotia and brass wire 22 gauge.

materials

First steps are to cut the wire and prepare the wrapping.

  • You need to cut two pieces of wire, approx. 3 times the perimeter of your stone. My stone is 1.5″ long, my wires are about 10″.
  • Then, you cut 3 shorter pieces of wire, about 3″ each.
  • Wrap the short pieces around the the two long ones, as shown in the picture. Trim and tuck in the ends.
  • Separate the wires, in a diamond shape, as shown.

step 1

Next steps are to make the bail and finish our pendant.

  • Hold tight the pre-made wire wrap, close to the stone, with one hand.
  • Bend two wires and and make the loop.
  • Wrap the other two wires around the loop.

Trim all the four wires to make them even, and coil the ends, as shown.

step 2

Voila! The pendant is finished!
Tighten the coils and press gently the wire wrap close to the stone, and to your liking, of course. Here is the pendant we just made, front and back.

seaglass wire wrapped pendant

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and you will try to make some amazing pendants yourself. I have a few seaglass pieces listed in my store, take a look! VISIT MAGICK STONE store!