So, we in Hong Kong were battered yesterday and last night by a pretty serious typhoon; plenty of wind and rain meant staying in and staying dry. I personally love rainy days because that means that I can catch up on DIYing, blogging, crafting and pinning (when the weather’s nice, there’s sometimes simply too much going on in our little metropolis). I found a wonderful little DIY gem on Pinterest (ahh I just love Pinterest. Are you on it? No? Get on it – NOW!) a week or two ago, bought all the necessary materials but only got round to fashioning it last night. It’s a gorgeous jewellery piece that anyone can make – it’s so incredibly easy and versatile!
What you need:
- Jewellery wire (I used 0.5mm width)
- 3-4 beads – pearls, pastels, neon, textured, patterned, mixed…you can use any type of beads
- Cut a piece of wire about 25-30″ long.
- Using the pliers, fold one end of the wire into a small loop – this will prevent the beads from falling off the wire.
- String the beads onto the wire, push to the end so they’re resting against the loop.
- Arrange how you’d like the beads (eggs) to sit in the wire nest, then begin to loop the wire around the beads.
- Once the looped wire resembles a birds-nest and is as thick as you’d like it, take the end of the wire (you should still have at least 10-12″ left) and loop it from the underside, up through the middle of the nest and outwards over the width of the entire nest. Repeat this twice, it will secure the nest from unravelling. You will need to repeat this two – three times around the whole of the nest to really secure the wires.
- Use the end of the wire and create a medium loop at the top of the pendant, then using the rest of the wire, spiral it around the loop. This will be where the pendant is strung onto a chain.
This pendant is so gorgeous, only needs two types of material to make it and takes no time whatsoever – I just love it! It would make a really lovely gift (friends of mine – this is a warning of potentially what to expect when your birthday comes around…) as you can make it as edgy or elegant as you want depending on what type of beads you use for the eggs. I’ve also seen these wire birds-nests made into rings, so that might have to be another DIY for another rainy day!