This smooth stone started out as an ordinary pebble. Years and years ago it had many rough edges; some people may even have called it ugly. But throughout time, this stubborn little pebble survived the merciless poundings of the waves and sand upon the beach of Lake Michigan, until finally it emerged as this beautiful smooth stone. Now you can carry this symbol of resilience and hope around your neck in the form of this small pebble, wrapped with a wire swirl to remind us of the waves of life that sometimes trouble us, but should never defeat us.
DragonInDixie, and which will soon be available again for purchase as a complete necklace. Here are the things you will need:
20 gauge wire
One round, smooth, dark colored beach stone
Round nose pliers
Nylon nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
First, choose your stone. I got mine from Lake Michigan. I stashed a bunch when I went so I wouldn't run out for a while.
Coat your stone with the clear nail polish and let dry. I already have this step completed.
Now, make a tiny loop in your wire with the round nose pliers. Continue to wrap it around itself one time like this:
You can make your swirl as big or small as you'd like. When you've got it the right size for your stone, put the swirl on top of your stone, and bend the wire behind it.
Figure out where you want the top to be, then bend the wire horizontally across the top, and bend it back across the back, crisscrossing the last wire.
Don't worry if you can't get it as tight as you'd like, you'll tighten it later. Now bend the wire across the front again like you did the before, but this time at the bottom. It should look something like this:
Here's the finished pendant: