Seems like jewelry makers everywhere are, um, flocking to the idea of making bird's-nest necklaces.
There are lots of reasons why these handcrafted pieces are such a trend. For one thing, they're fun to personalize with different kinds of beads and creative wirework. Plus, they're incredibly easy to make.
Here's how to get in on the action and do some nesting of your own.
Bird's Nest Necklace
What You Need
- 3 ½ or 4 feet of 22 gauge round dead-soft wire (it's okay to go a little longer but not shorter)
- 3 pearls or glass beads (6 or 8 mm)
- Round-nose pliers
- Needle-nose pliers
How To Make It
1. String the pearls or beads on the wire, about 3 inches from the end.
2. Bend pearls or beads into a triangle; twist the wire a few times to secure well.
3. Crumple the wire but leave 6 inches smooth on the end.
4. Straighten the wire; it will have kinks and bends that create a twig-like look.
5. Circle the wire five times around the beads. Don't try to make a perfect circle; you want it to look natural.
6. Secure the wire by passing it through the area where the beads are. Repeat at each joint.
7. Secure the nest at each joint twice more.
8. Circle the wire three more times around the beads and secure in place.
9. Secure the nest from the back to create a back area.
10. Lock the nest from areas where you see empty spaces and need a bit more wire.
11. When there are only 3 or 4 inches of wire left, bring the end of the wire to the top of the nest.
12. Using the round-nose pliers, twist the two wires together to make a basic loop at the top. (If you prefer, you can use a jump ring instead of a loop.)
13. Use the needle-nose pliers to cut or bend the edges of the nest to create an irregular outline.
14. String the pendant onto the chain. Nesting accomplished!