Summers mean long walks along the shores of Lake Michigan in search of perfect pebbles. I love their smooth texture in a range of earth tones. This past week I introduced my niece to this lovely past time. We collected dozens of pebbles for use in making jewelry, paper weights and other fun reminders of vacation.
Check out a some of our stash!
To make your own pebble (or sea glass) charm you will need the following:
Pebble (My own is 1" x 1.25".)
24 gauge non-tarnish silver wire (I used Artistic Wire from Beadalon.)
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
An 18" length of ribbon, chain or other necklace strand (I used a silver necklace my mother gave me years ago.)
Cut a 12" length of wire.
Proceed until you have completed three wraps.
Firmy grasp the wire ends with your needle nose pliers. Hold the pebble steady and proceed to twist the wire with the hand holding the wire ends until you achieve the desired twist.
Once you have completed both spirals, bend them flat against the front of the pebble charm.
To further tighten the wire against your pebble (thus holding it securely in place) and to add a bit more texture, pinch the wire with the tip of your needle nose pliers. Twist slightly to add several crimps.
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