Wireworking with Beads and a Shell

My finished pendant.

My finished pendant.

Last month at our Bead Society meeting, we had a wirework class that was perfect for those who like working with wire, and for those who never tried it before.

Using both 22 gauge and 20 gauge copper wire, small gem chips, and small glass beads, plus a clean olive shell from the beach, we worked a wire cage around the shell. Taking the thinner wire, we added our chips and beads to the cage. It took some manipulation and tweaking with flat nose pliers to ensure that the wire cage stayed secure on the shell.

The result was gorgeous! I plan on beading complementary rope so that I can wear this unique pendant.
©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.


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