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Coin Cabochon Pendant

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Instructions for making Coin Cabochon Pendant Necklace out of jewelry wire and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

 

Mounting a Coin Pendant used to make a necklace.Making A Coin Pendant Necklace using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.

 

In this project, we will show you the steps and the peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tools to mount a nickel for making a pendant.  These instructions can be easily modified to allow you to mount almost any size coin.  In fact, these same instructions can be modified to mount a cabochon gemstone as long as the cabochon is essentially flat on one side.   Once you have an attractive pendant, it is an easy process to turn that pendant into a necklace. 

This is an intermediate jewelry making project. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Fifteen inches of 22 gauge round jewelry wire, preferably half-hard
  • Coin or Cabochon. 
  • Purchased chain for a pendant or purchased ear wires for earrings

  Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Mounting a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewerly making tools and jewelry wire.Step-by-step instructions for making Coin Cabochon Pendant using jewelry wire, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  For mounting the nickel shown at right, we will use about 9 or 10 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire.  We recommend that you start this project with inexpensive practice wire and after you have successfully made the project once or twice with the practice wire, and measured the amount of wire you used, then you would cut your good jewelry wire.  When selecting your good wire, 22 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire will work best.  Begin this project by measuring and straightening a length of 22 gauge practice wire at least 9 inches long.  You will find it is easier to straighten the wire using your nylon jaw pliers, prior to cutting because the remainder of the wire provides a handle to use while straightening the wire.  If you are mounting a coin or cabochon that is larger than an nickel, you will need to use more wire.  You will learn the length of wire required while making your component out of practice wire by measuring how much practice wire you started with an how much is left over at the end.  Your goal when you cut your good wire is to have about 1/2 inch of wire left over at the end.  Step 3 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.Finally, we made this piece using round wire.  Ultimately, an advanced wire worker would use square wire.  (Unless you are advanced, we would recommend using round wire.  It will be easier to use.) 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, cut the segment of straight wire 9 inches long. 

Step 3:  See the picture at right.  You will need six regular pegs when making this pattern with the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.  When using the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool, peg 1 can be eliminated and you can just hold the beginning segment of about 1 1/2 inches of wire in position as if peg 1 were there (with the Delphi jewelry tool, there won't be room for peg 1).  With the Olympus Lite or Olympus jewelry tools, you will need to separate pegs 2 and 3, and pegs 5 and 6 by 1 1/4 inches.  This will be four empty holes between these pairs of pegs instead of the five empty holes for the WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tools.  When you are adapting this pattern to a different sized coin or cabochon, you can position your coin or cabochon on the jewelry making jig and position the pegs about 1/4 inch to 5/16 inch beyond the edge of the coin or cabochon on each edge of the coin or cab. 

 

Step 4 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.Step 4:  After positioning your pegs on your WigJig jewelry tool, make a partial loop in one end of the wire using your step jaw pliers, or round nose pliers.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 and then peg 3 as shown at right. 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry making tools and jewelry wire.

 

 

 

Step 5:  Now wrap the wire against peg 4 and push the wire until it rests adjacent to peg 5 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool with no pressure applied.

 

 

 

Step 6 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

 

Step 6:  Wrap the wire around peg 5 and 6 on your jewelry making jig as shown at right. 

Step 7 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Step 7:  First, remove pegs 1 and 4 from your WigJig jewelry tool, they are no longer needed, then we begin a little hand finishing of the wire component.  Before removing the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool we need to use our chain nose or bent chain nose pliers and squeeze the wire near pegs 2, 3, 5, and 6 so that the parallel segments of wire are closer together.  See the picture at right. 

 

Step 8 to instructions for making A Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 8:  At this point we need to wrap the end of the wire around the crossing wire segments to make the cross shape permanent.  We begin doing this by removing the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and replacing it on the jewelry making jig flipped over vertically.  This step will cause the wire tail to change position from being on top of the wire in Step 7 to being under the wire after step 8.  By positioning the end of the wire under the rest of the wire component, we can consistently wrap the wire up and over each of the four legs of this wire component in turn. 


Step 9 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using common jewelry supplies.

Step 9:  Now lift the end of the wire segment up and over the adjacent vertical wire segment as shown at right.  In this picture, the end of the wire is over the rest of the wire component.  In the following steps we will perform this same process three more times, first removing the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool then flipping the wire component over and replacing in on your jewelry making jig, then lifting the end of the wire up and wrapping it over the next wire segment. 

Step 10 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry supplies.

 

Step 10:  Again, we remove the wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool and flip it over, replacing in on the jewelry making jig in the position shown at right.  All we are doing here is taking the loop at the top of the wire component and moving it to the loop at the bottom while keeping the loops on the left and right in the same location. 

 

 

Step 11 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

 

Step 11:  Now pull the end of the wire up to the vertical position then push it down and over the next leg of the wire component as shown at right. 

 

 

 

 


Step 12 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of jewelry supplies shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Step 12:  Flip the wire component over again as shown at right.  You are performing the same action as in step 10. 

 

Step 13 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace showing WigJig jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.

 

Step 13:  Pull the end of the wire up to the vertical position and then push it down and over the next leg of the wire component as shown at right. 

 

 

 


 

Step 14 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Step 14:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool and flip it over as you did in steps 10 and 12.  Replace it on your jewelry making jig in the position shown at right.

 

 

 

 


Step 15 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using common jewelry making supplies.

 

Step 15:  Lift the end of the wire to the vertical position and then push it down against the initial leg of the wire component as shown at right. 

Step 20 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of common jewelry supplies.  Step 16:  Now remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool and place the nickle at the center of the wire component.  Then fold each of the legs of the wire component down and flat against the coin as shown at right.  You may be able to do this with your thumb, but you might find it easier to use your chain nose pliers.  This is a good time for some hand finishing, bending the individual legs of the setting so that they are orientated properly and spaced evenly.  You can also use your bent chain nose pliers to gently squeeze each leg of the mounting together to minimize the gap between the two wires.  Do this very slowly and gently.  Many small squeezes are better than one large squeeze. 

Step 17:  At this point, we need to begin making the loop at the top of the pendant.  Start by gripping the beginning wire segment (with the partial loop), just above the coin, with your bent chain nose pliers and bending the wire 90 degrees.  In this case, we are showing bending the wire 90 degrees up from the face of the coin.  This is the orientation for the loop when you are making a pendant.  See the picture below-left.  To make an earring dangle, you would bend the wire 90 degrees in the same plane as the face of the coin. 

Step 18:  Using the largest step on your step jaw pliers, make a loop at this position.  See the picture below-center.  Select here for instructions for making loops with step jaw pliers. Adjust the loop until it is centered above your coin.   

Step 19:  Grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers to preserve the shape of the loop.  Hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand.  Using the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand, wrap the end of the wire around the stem of the loop about 2-3 times as shown below-right.  


Step 17 to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using common jewelry supplies.
Step 18  to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools. Step 19  to instructions for making a Coin Pendant Necklace out of jewelry wire shape on jewelry tools.
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Step 21 to making a Coin Pendant Necklace showing completed back of pendant.

Coin Pendant made using WigJig jewelry tools showing front of pendant.

Step 20:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire.  Hold the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and using a second pair of chain nose pliers, squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire until it lays flat.  See the picture at right for the completed back of your coin pendant. 

Step 21:  The final step is to perform some hand finishing.  This means to neaten up the finished piece by eye and using your pliers.  In the picture at left, you can see that we squeezed each loop holding the coin with our chain nose pliers until the two wires that make up the loop are essentially touching.  We also adjusted the positions of the four loops so that they are as symmetrical as possible. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This isn't the easiest jewelry making project on our web site.  In fact this project is best accomplished by an intermediate jewelry maker.  While it isn't the easiest, it can be one of the best.  If you have a special cabochon or coin that you want to wear as a necklace, this may be just the project you need to turn that coin or cabochon into a pendant for your necklace.  With a little trial and error and a little practice, these instructions will allow you to make a pendant out of most sizes of flat coins or cabochons. 

 

 

 



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