“I’m finding I’m really drawn to the focal beads and wire variations.” ~DJ
About a week ago I talked about a wire working idea for pendants that allows you to easily interchange different polymer clay focal beads. It’s a great way to display or showcase your latest and greatest handmade bead creations. Pictured in the photo above are a few of the different styles I have created with this unique idea.
If you missed the original article, you can check it out here: Polymer Clay Jewelry Making Tutorials
The basic design has a vertical spindle wire that runs up the center of the pendant. This spindle can be loaded with the polymer clay focal bead or beads of your choice. At the bottom of the pendant is a folded wire clasp that secures the spindle to keep the beads in place.
This design makes it easy to exchange the beads quickly and easily, in order to achieve a completely different looking pendant every time you wear it.
I love this idea for showcasing all the different beads you have, without having to make up completely separate jewelry projects for each one.
It makes an excellent product to carry in a jewelry-gift shop, Etsy Store or at your next bead show event.
The wire wrapped pendant can be made in a variety of metals and styles with corresponding price points. Customers can choose either a higher end Gold, Sterling Silver, Niobium pendant; or a more affordable version made with Copper, Brass, Bronze or Gunmetal Steel. Then they would select one or more beads to add to the pendant, in the styles and colors you have available.
This is a fun and interactive process for the customer. Plus it allows you to fulfill custom orders right on the spot.
So tell me… does this interchangeable focal bead pendant design interest you? Should I add it to the list of upcoming video tutorials for the Polymer Clay Library?
Let me know. Your comments are like votes that help determine which tutorials get filmed as well as which ones get priority.
I appreciate any and all opinions. Here are a few that have already been posted as a result of the original article about this interchangeable pendant idea…
That pendant sounds intriguing. I love wire working as well. It is so much fun and so very very pretty! ~Melinda-H
I’ve been bitten by the wire working bug!! It just goes so well with chunky polymer beads! Thanks so much for everything you teach us Cindy!!!!! ~Lisa-W
Although I find the info interesting, I’m not so keen on the wire wrapping and all of that, but am more interested in more advanced work and techniques with the actual clay. ~Laura-B
Yay for wire work that helps with our Polymer clay jewelry! ~Sarah-W
I’ll take anything that comes out of that amazingly creative brain of yours!!! Like Sara I love to learn wire working so I can’t wait for this coming one. ~Elizabeth-S
I’m pretty comfortable with wirework and my vast range of tools already, so that’s not the kind of thing I come here for. Not that I don’t have more to learn (!), but it’s a peripheral subject here where it’s the focus of other sites. ~Sue-F