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Purple Passion Pendant

Purple Passion Pendant
Purple Passion Pendant
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Accentuate a gorgeous gemstone with this free wire jewelry tutorial. This Purple Passion Pendant design uses elegant scrolling silver wire to complement the rich royal purple tones of the stone. Sometimes the hardest thing about finding beautiful stones is figuring out what type of jewelry creation to make with them, but this pendant is the one to make! Wire-wrapping is a cool way to add a little romance and flair to an already stunning stone. Give your next pendant project some extra shine with these wire-wrapped jewelry instructions.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeGemstone

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework

Bead Project TypeNecklace

Intermediate

DID YOU KNOW?

Wire wrapping jewelry is one of the oldest forms of jewelry making to ever exist. This specific jewelry making technique has been around for actual centuries. They can date information of wire wrapping jewelry all the way back to around 1446 BC, in reference to a biblical expert about creating a wire wrapped breast plate. However, the language was not laid out quite so simply as that, and instead would discuss the art of "filigree." Filigree was basically the name they gave to forming and creating the wire. They would pound the metal into very thin sheets that would then be cut and rolled into very thin strips, thus creating wire. 

However, wire wrapping jewelry and lovely different wire wrapped patterns and uses are most commonly associated with the Phonecian Empire of Greece. This is where most of the historical evidence of creating and wrapping wire was birthed, but it is definitely not the only places. There are even some traces of wire wrapping techniques in Ancient Egyptian Pharoh Tombs. How crazy is it that this technique was being used all over the world?

Wire wrapping was also an extremely popular technique because it did not require any kind of soldering or casting. Making the wire was extremely easy, and no accessing wire is very easy, which is why it is great for homemade jewelry projects. However, at the ancient times it was used because soldering didn't exist yet; when soldering came around it stayed so popular because it was the more economical option since soldering could become very expensive.  

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I think one can figure out that there needs to be a hole in the stone, looking at the photo would be the first clue. This is such a classy pendant - can imagine it with a heather yarn sweater or a sophisticated sweater... can also see the stone, without a hole in it, made into a brooch instead adorning a lapel.

I so love this Purple Passion Pendant! But, The pattern is a little miss leading when it comes to what type of stone you can use. First it say you can use any stone you like, and when it comes time to use your stone, it says use a stone with a hole drilled through it. So this mean I can't just use any stone I like, unless I pre-drill the stone. Not a easy task with some stones. I have drilled many stones and should say it is best to do it under water to prevent it from becoming to hot and not to use to much pressure with the drill or the stone will break or crack. With that being said, this is a good project to do and will make a beautiful pendant. This project is great for pre-drilled stones and has pictures to help you with the wire twisting and hanging. Thank you for sharing this free Jewelry making project.

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