Every now and again, I stumble across a new technique or project that is just too darn fun to keep to myself. This is one of those projects.
I love to experiment. There is so much joy in learning to do something new, or trying out something unexpected. (I currently have a thing for paper cutting as well..I'll elaborate on that in a later post..perhaps something along the lines of a Christmas ornament tutorial ;-)
I've been wanting to try out wire crochet since I created this pendant, which seemed to be crying out for something delicate and whimsical to hang from, so I traipsed down to my local craft store and bought some 26 gauge wire to play with.
I didn't have a pattern in mind, but I have a working knowledge of crochet. It seemed to me wire would be pretty much the same as working with yarn, so I just started chaining and this is what I came up with!
Here are the pattern details:
- Spool of 26 gauge wire in your color of choice
- Handful of beads (I used Swarovski bicones)
- Jump Rings
- Narrow ribbon or necklace clasp
- Size G crochet hook (or any size you'd like to try..each one will give a different result!)
- Pendant (optional)
2. Create a loop at the end of the wire and chain until you reach approx 16". (Here's a video on how to chain.)
3. When you reach the end of your chain, turn and single crochet across in each of the chains you created. As you crochet, periodically slide a bead to the top of your wire so it nestles next to the crochet hook and crochet it into your piece.
|It should look like this|
4. When you reach the end of your row, turn and add one more row of single crochet without beads.
5. Snip off the end of your wire, leaving a little tail and weave it into the piece. Then, using one of your jump rings, catch the ends of the row in the ring and close the ring. Do the same for the other side.
6. You should now have a 16" crochet necklace with jump rings on either end. At this point, you could add a clasp and wear it as a choker, or, you can cut two lengths of ribbon, feed them through the ends of the jump ring and wire about 1/2 inch of the end to itself, creating a loop to secure the end to the jump ring as shown in the picture below.
7. You can wear the necklace as is, or you can use an additional jump ring to attach a pendant to the center of the chain.
I hope you'll share with me if you create your own! Please feel free to post it here on my facebook page. This pendant will be for sale in the ConstantlyAlice shop this weekend.
Hugs and Smooches,
(PS..Don't forget to enter to win a piece of jewelry from the ConstantlyAlice Pick Your Prize Giveaway! Entries will be accepted until 10/6.)