This tutorial will not only show you how to make the ever-popular Wire-Wrapped Bird's Nest Necklace, but will also show how to add other components for the different looks shown below!!
3 Yards of 24g wire
3-4 Pearls or beads
Step 1: FORM NEST BASE
Thread your pearls or beads onto your wire.
Slide them about 8 inches down the wire.
Form a circle so the wire crosses as shown above.
Using the 8 inches of wire on the end, form the base of the nest by wrapping the wire up the edge of one pearl/bead and under the next, up the edge, and under, up, under, etc. until you've used the entire 8 inches of wire.
Step 2: WRAP NEST
Wrap the longer length of wire around the nest repeatedly until you have about 1 yard of wire remaining.
I actually prefer to not look at the nest when doing this step because it's easier and the nest turns out more random and natural looking.
Don't wrap your wire tightly around the beads because you'll want the extra "slack" to add kinks later. Plus it makes for a fuller looking nest.
Add a few coils under the nest and then go back to wrapping the outside.
Continue wrapping the outside of the pearls/beads until you have about 2 feet of wire left.
Step 3: SECURE WIRES
Thread the wire between two pearls/beads going from the inside toward the outside of the nest.
Wrap the wire around this part of the nest 3-5 times to hold the wires in place.
If you prefer to only have one "loop section" you can skip to Step 4.
Go between the next two pearls/beads and make another "loop section".
Make "loop sections" for the remaining spaces between the pearls/beads.
Step 4: BURY WIRE ENDS
Thread the remaining wire around the nest, making sure to go through the wire "loop sections" and not around them.
Tuck the end deep inside the nest so they won't poke anyone.
Step 5: ADD TEXTURE TO NEST
Using round-nose pliers, grip individual wires and add kinks in random directions.
This will give the nest a more natural look.
Note: If you're having a hard time getting a grip on particular wires, use a pair of tweezers to wedge it so you can grip it with your pliers.
Continue adding kinks around the entire necklace until you're satisfied with it's appearance.
Step 6: ADD JUMP RING & RIBBON
Add a jump-ring around one of your "looped sections".
Note: I added a second jump-ring so the necklace wouldn't twist.
Thread a 30 inch length of organza ribbon through the jump-ring and you're...
Version 1: BIRD CHARM
Just add a bird charm to your necklace ribbon so it dangles near the nest.
Version 2: CHAIN & CHARMS
Put the nest on the end of a 1-2 inch chain.
Add a bird charm and bead charms to chain and necklace ribbon.
Version 3: CONNECTORS & CHARM
Using beads on eye pins and decorative connectors, allow your nest to hang about 2 inches below your necklace ribbon where you can add a bird charm.
Version 4: CONNECTORS, CHAIN, & RIBBON
Add jump-rings to 2 "loop sections".
One one side add a bird connector and on the other add 2 smaller connectors.
Add equal lengths of chain to both sides.
If your chain is shorter than you want the necklace to be, add ribbon to each end for added length.
Thanks for reading!! Until next time...
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