Industrious Pendant

I bought a beautiful bead with a large hole. I realized too late that if I hung it normally, I would only see the side and it would lie oddly. What to do? Be industrious - combine a screw and wire with the glass bead.

glass bead
rebar wire
brass machine screw (#6-32)
brass machine nut (#6-32)

needle nose pliers
bench block

Cut a piece of 6" rebar wire and spiral the ends using the needle nose pliers. Curl the spirals in the same direction and then bend back slightly so that they are centered. Pound the wire flat using a bench block (a piece of flat steel) and hammer. A concrete garage floor will do if you don't have a bench block.
Fold the wire in half, lining up the centers of the spirals. Place it over the bead centering the spirals over the hole of the bead. Thread the screw through one spiral, the hole and out through the other spiral. If the screw is too long, cut the extra off with a hacksaw and file to remove any burrs. Rub paste wax on the wire to prevent rusting.


Halfway To Hipster said...

I hate it when your pendants hang all wonky because of the hole! I think that you came up with a great solution for that!!

ReKrea said...

Wow! Greetings from Denmark!

Wendy said...

what a great solution, I'm scared of power tools!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

That turned out great!
Happy Monday.

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Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Cute, cute :) Laurel

Onellyantie Chuah said...

Smart! Really, why didn't I think of that! Thanks for sharing this, absolutely loving this! =D

Ann said...

The perfect solution - and a beautifully original pendant.

Liz said...


Holly Lefevre said...

That was genius! And oh so clever! I am filing away this idea. said...

Brilliant as always! thanks for sharing on craft Schooling Sunday! said...

Brilliant as always! thanks for sharing on craft Schooling Sunday!

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