This pendant was created with 18 gauge core wires and 26 gauge weaving wire. The bends in the 2 lower bare wires, inside the teardrop, are accidents. I bent one wire in error. Since I couldn't get the kink out of the wire I decided to bend the second to compliment.
This pendant was made according to the tutorial with 20 gauge core wires and 28 gauge weaving wire. It is more delicate and seemed to want to loose it's shape easier than when I used the heavier gauge wires.
The final pendant was made with 18 gauge core wires and 28 gauge weaving wire. This is my favorite. I love the look, plus the 18 gauge helps the pendant to be stable. I love using 28 gauge for the weaving. It takes more time because it needs more wraps, but the smaller weaving wire has a prettier appearance.
I decided to experiment with the wire gauges in this design. At first I followed the exact directions that are in the pendant tutorial written by Cheryl St. Pierre. (The link to her shop is listed below the pictures. She is very talented and writes very clear tutorials.) Then I did 2 slight variations. All 3 pendants have blue crazy lace agate as their focal stones.
I can see all of my imperfections, but I am still in the learning stage of wire weave. I'm having a learning curve with the tension that needs to be allowed with moving and placing the wire. Plus, I've had some challenges with keeping the smaller weaving wire straight up and down. I have a tendency to lay the weaving wire down on a slight angle. Some people have told me that they don't see the angle, while others simply say it looks correct. But, my eyes can see the tiny angle. I'm hoping with time and more practice to perfect the weave. Only time will give me the answer and hopefully positive results.
You can find Cheryl St. Pierre's tutorial in her on line shop, if you want to learn how to make this pendant. Here's the link https://www.etsy.com/shop/majesticwireartworks
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