Thursday, 31 October 2019

"LEAF" SCARF PENDANT



















Before I go headfirst into my
'Leaf' Scarf Pendant Tutorial
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Here in the U.K., we're moving into cooler, wintry
weather and I find myself wearing more scarves,
which I enjoy accessorising with my signature scarf pendants!

I have designed a new hanging bail, which is
different from my original coiled tube hanger (see below).
 

My latest scarf bail is more delicate and lacy in style:



















This style of accessory is perfect for jazzing up your outfits!
It also makes the great gift for a scarf wearer.

So, if you're sitting comfortably, I will begin ...

SCARF PENDANT BAIL
STEP 1














Cut approximately 9"-10" of 0.8mm wire and fold in half.
(Use more wire if you want a bigger bail).

STEP 2


















Create a long narrow 'leaf' shape and secure one end around the
other, leaving a projecting tail at the very end.

STEP 3



















Cut an arm's length of 0.4mm wire and bind this in a random
way, securing it on each side of the frame, to fill the space
within.

STEP 4






















Use up all the wire and secure at the edge of the frame (and if
you run out of wire, you can always add more ...).

STEP 5
























Use the tips of your chain nosed pliers to twist and
tweak the wires within the frame. This will tighten the
binding wires and add more design interest to the piece.

STEP 6
























GENTLY 'stroke' hammer the wires within the frame to
burnish and work harden. (*Be careful not to bash too hard,
as you will weaken and possibly break them!)

STEP 7






















Once the leaf frame is slightly tempered and toughened, wrap it
around a cylindrical mandrel, to shape into a circle.

STEP 8




















Thread the projecting end through the opposite side of the frame
to create a loop and join as one.

STEP 9




















Using your round nosed pliers, create a wrapped link or loop
with the projecting wire at the very end.
(*Optional: Using your fingers, carefully SQUASH the circular
bail down a little, to create more of an oval shape.)


LEAF PENDANT
STEP 10























To create the leaf pendant, begin in the same way as Step 1
and Step 2 of the bail, leaving a little more wire to secure around
the top, so that you can create a spiral detail at the top of the
pendant.

STEP 11
























Place the leaf frame on your steel block and hammer the outer
edge to work harden.

STEP 12















Cut an arm's length of 0.4mm wire and create curly-wurly shapes,
attaching it around each side of the frame to fill the space within.

STEP 13
























Fill the entire frame with your scribbles of flowing wire.
Make sure to neaten all your ends.

STEP 14























For a centrepiece, you can cut a length of 0.8mm wire (a little
longer than your leaf) and attach some semi-precious chip
beads with 0.4mm wire along it.
(*Alternatively, you can just thread the wire with your chosen 
beads ...)

STEP 15




















Place the beaded wire onto the centre of your frame and secure
at the tip of the leaf frame.

STEP 16






















Repeat, to secure the beaded wire at the opposite (top) end of
the leaf. Cut off any excess and neaten the end.

STEP 17























Now the leaf pendant is ready to attach and suspend from your
looped bail!
























To use: Thread the end of a long scarf through the gap in the bail,
pulling it to the middle of your scarf. Place the scarf with the
hanging leaf at the centre of your neck and bring the 2 ends around
each side of your neck (from back to front), so that they hang on
either side of the pendant.






















Above are some of my experiments with different wires and beads!

























And if you would prefer a different pendant, you can always suspend
any shape or style that you wish to blend with your scarf collection!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your
own versions, so please do share on my new Facebook page!
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HAPPY WIREWORKING!