The rain has been no stranger to the south lately. It seems every day is a little dull. The streets are always glistening with fresh rain. It’s difficult for a day to go by without wet shoes and frizzy hair.
After three weeks of just putting up with the weather, I’ve decided to embrace it by creating a rain cloud pendant complete with a Swarovski crystal drop.
I’ve created a tutorial on how to create this little pendant for any day that you would like to embrace the rain. I apologize if every picture seems a little gray, it was a cloudy day.
The pendant size is approximately 2″ wide by 1.5″ tall for just the cloud and the bail. The bead adds another 0.5″ to the height. I believe this cloud would be much cuter if made a little smaller, but this size project is great for beginners. You can use this tutorial to make this pendant an appropriate size for you.
20 gauge wire (sterling silver is shown in picture) – approx. 12 inches
24, 26, or 28 gauge wire – approx. 6 inches
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Chasing hammer (optional)
Small steel block (optional)
Silver large hole bead
Illusion Wire (optional)
Lobster clasp (optional)
Crimp beads (optional)
Bead crimper (optional)
Jump rings (optional)
This might seem like a long list for a simple necklace, but it’s only to achieve the same pendant and necklace from scratch. You don’t have to flatten the cloud pendant. You can also use a pre-made chain or rope to hang the pendant. I wanted the pendant to almost float, so I thought illusion wire would be appropriate.
First I found a vector image online of a cloud I would like to replicate in wire form. I resized and modified it a little bit so I could get an idea of what the pendant would really look like.
I’ve provided the cloud template here. Cloud Line Art
With the wire and round nose plier, you can lay the wire over the image and begin to shape the cloud. Grip the end between the needle nose pliers and while grasping the other end of the wire, turn the wire clockwise to begin forming the swirl. It is okay if it is not perfectly spaced the first time you make it, you can adjust it as you go.
You may lay the wire on your template to check your progress. Follow the pattern going clockwise. For each dip in the cloud, hold the wire between the needle nose pliers perpendicular to the table and bend the wire into a tight V around the tip of the pliers.
When you reach the bottom of the cloud, you may want to add a little loop to add more dimension to the cloud. Remember to always move the wire in a clockwise motion. (This step is optional.)
When your cloud has come to a full circle, you should have a little wire left over to make the bail. Bend the remaining wire 90° or until it is pointing straight up from the rest of the pendant.
You can use your chasing hammer and steel to gently flatten the entire piece including the piece of wire that would make the bail. (This step is optional.)
To close up the pendant, take the thinner wire and wrap it three to five times around the base of the bail as shown the picture. Weave the wire back and forth between the top of the swirl and the base of the bail, making sure to wind the wire in the same direction, until the pendant is secure. At the end of the weaving, wrap the base of the bail three to five times to make sure that the wire doesn’t unravel.
To make the bail, feed the bead through the wire and grasp the center of the remaining wire with base the round nose pliers. Using your fingers, wrap the wire around the base of the pliers and back through the bead. To secure the bail you can push the bead up out of the way and weave a little of the thinner wire up the base. After that, you can adjust the size of the bail hole to what will best fit your necklace.
To add the raindrop, feed a small piece of the remaining wire through the crystal bead and cross the wires at the top of it.
Feed one of the wires up and over the base of the cloud and use the needle nose pliers to close up the bail.
Use the other wire to wrap around the base of the bail and cut off the excess wire.
At this point, your pendant is complete. You can string it onto a premade chain or cord and wear it proudly.
To make the illusion wire necklace, cut a piece of monofilament two inches longer than your desired length. The actual length of the necklace for my piece was 18″. Feed a crimp bead through one end of the wire. Loop the wire around a jump ring and back through the crimp bead.
Use the bead crimper, to close up the bead. You can also use the needle nose pliers to flatten the bead if you don’t have a crimper. Cut off the excess monofilament. There are also crimp covers you can buy to cover the crimp bead if you want a very professional look.
To extend the necklace, I added three more jump rings to one side of the necklace and a handmade hook to the other side, you can add a lobster clasp or any type of premade clasp to make things easier. To give the piece a finished look, I added a shell bead to the end of the jump ring chain.
This is an easy way to start wire wrapping simple shapes. You can come up with any design as long as it can be created with a single line.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try. I’m planning on doing more tutorials not only jewelry but home decor pieces as well.
If you would like to support my journey, I will be posting this tutorial on my Etsy page sgunbound.etsy.com for purchase. It’ll send a nice clean pdf right to your inbox.
Either way, let me know what you think. If you have any questions about this tutorial, don’t hesitate to ask.
P.S. I just realized this cloud IS a silver lining. lol
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