Free tutorial: Partridge Pendant

It’s been ages since I last posted a free tutorial anywhere and I’m not sure I’ve ever done it on this blog, so seeing as the Festive Season is coming up fast, here is a little gift for all my readers.

Cute eh? I just love these little lampwork birdies, they are by the lovely Sandy aka Flowerjasper. I managed to win an auction the last time she had a show on Facebook (there will be another one next week so do keep an eye on her FB page!) and I thought they’d make fun pendants. There were a few Czech glass pear beads left over from a project in my book, so they became partridge-in-a-pear-tree pendants, all ready for someone’s true love on the first day of Christmas!

To make a pendant you will need these partridge parts:

Parts for Partridge Pendant

  • 1 lampwork bird bead
  • 1 headpin (2″ or longer)
  • 2 flower spacer beads
  • 1 crystal 4mm bicone
  • 1 silver 2mm round bead
  • 1 glass pear bead
  • 1 glass leaf bead
  • 1 star or snowflake charm
  • 1 pendant bail with hanging loop
  • 2 triangle bails (8mm and 5mm)
  • 5 jump rings

You also need round-nosed pliers, flat-nosed pliers (preferably 2 pairs), wire cutters, and crimping pliers if you’ve got them (the sort with the two rounded notches). And a chain or ribbon to put your pendant on when you’ve finished it.

1. String the following on the headpin: spacer, bird, crystal, spacer, 2mm round.

2. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the headpin. If you don’t know how to do this, follow this link and learn!

4. Oops, looks as though partridge has drunk too much of the festive spirit. Anyway – use your flat-nosed pliers to attach a jump ring to the wrapped loop. Then attach a second jump ring to the first one.

5. Pull apart the ends of the smaller triangle bail and insert the glass leaf. Squeeze the bail shut with pliers.

6. Do the same with the larger triangle bail and the pear bead.

7. Open another jump ring and attach it to the second jump ring above the wrapped loop. Add the glass leaf on its bail. Close the jump ring.

8. Open another jump ring and add the glass pear on its bail, the jump ring from the previous step, and the loop of the pendant bail. Close the jump ring.

9. Use the final jump ring to attach the charm to the same jump ring as the leaf (or wherever you like; tinker with things until they hang nicely).

10. Thread your chosen necklace through the pendant bail. Now wear and enjoy! Or give as a gift.

I’ll be bringing a flock of partridge pendants to the Dorset Team Christmas Craft Fair at the Allendale, Wimborne, on 5 December. Unless they’ve all flown away first!

Oh, and if you want to make the matching ‘Pear Tree’ bracelet you’ll have to wait a week or two for the book to be published… meantime here is a sneak peek!

Pear Tree Bracelet

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