Today I wanted to share a charm that is very popular. Of course there are many ways to go about making these charms...this is my own version that works for me.
36" Wire ~ gauge size can vary. Larger wires will make larger nests, smaller diameter wire will make smaller nests.
3 Beads (I like fresh water pearls)
Wire Working Tools
Other Embellishments (optional)
1. Cut a piece of wire 36".
2. Thread on the three beads and slide them down about 3". This will be what we use to create a hanger later on.
3. Twist the beads so they form a circle.
4. Wrap the wire around the beads three times so you have three wire circles around the beads as shown.
5. Now take your wire and wrap it around all three circles and the wire that the beads are on. (you can wrap it more than once but it's not necessary) Give your nest a 1/2 turn and wrap the wires on the opposite side of the first loop.
6. Wrap the wire around the nest three more times. You can wrap the wire as you did the first for a "clean" looking nest...a very smooth and polished look. OR This is where I like to add a bit of texture to the nest. I like to twist the wire here and there as I make my 3 additional circles. It just gives the nest a more "lived in" look.
7. Wrap the wire around all 6 wires in 3 places around the nest. You should now have 2 wire tails.
8. Make a small loop in one of the tails and wrap the wire back around it's self as shown.
9. Repeat step 8 with the second tail.
I thought it would be fun to add a bit more to the nest so I wanted a word tag to attach to the nest. It is originally a very bright aluminum ...
So I aged it a bit with a touch of gesso and finished it off with Acrylic Dabbers.
I finished if off by stamping "fly" with Archival Ink.
I attached this tag, a small bird charm and a little gemstone to the nest and here is how it turned out!
And it's so very easy too!