Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pea Pod Charm Tutorial


So I've seen these cute little pea pod necklaces quite a bit. I've figured out how to make them. They are actually quite simple. Here's what you will need:

Wire
3 beads that look like peas
a pair of jewelry pliers
1 head pin (about 2 in. long)
Wire cutters or an old pair of scissors


First get you head pin and wrap the wire tightly about 1/4" from the head of the pin.






Then you slide on your beads.






Pull the wire along the beads to the other end of the pin and tightly wrap the wire around pin closest to the beads like so:





Then pull the wire down the other side of the beads and wrap it around the first end. You can already see the pea pod coming together!




Now you are going to continue wrapping the wire up the sides and around the pin until you are satisfied with the results. The wires are going to try to overlap one another, so try to hold them in place when you are wrapping the wire. And make sure you stay consistent with the direction you wrap the wire around the pin (across the front of the pin, around the back then down the other side of the beads). If you don't stay consistent with the direction you won't get the pretty braided look of the wire.

When you get to the back of the beads you are going to pull the wire into place so it can cover the back. The back should look something like the picture on the left.



Now at this point you probably only have a tiny portion of the head pin sticking out of the top. It is to small to make a loop so I just used my jewelry pliers to bend it toward the back. Sorry you can't see it very well in the photo.




Now you are going to press the wire in to hug the beads with your fingers.






Now cut the wire that it attached to the top of your pea pod to about 2 or 3 in.





Wrap a loop with your pliers at the top of the pea pod.





Then you are going to tightly wrap the wire around the base of the loop 3 or 4 times until you cover up the folded-over head pin.








You can stop there and trim the wire. Or you can curl the extra wire to make a curly vine. As pictured below: 




 Slip the charm on a chain to make it a necklace or bracelet. Put it on your key chain or attach them to ear wires to make cute earrings. So many possibilities!



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35 comments:

  1. That is just about as cute as a bug in a rug!
    Thanks for sharing

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  2. cute, cute, cute! i might have to make that for me since i have three little peas. :)

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  3. omgoodness this is adorable I have always wanted one and this tutorial you shared makes me think I can do this myself!
    thanks :)

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  4. Hi Heidi, I saw you around on so many craft mondays I cant even remember which one :-D and I wanted to say hi! I like your peas, it is really cute and it looks almost elvish to me ;-)

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  5. Oh this is unique and very very nice! I've never seen anything like this before. Thank you for sharing your tutorial:)

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  6. How cute is that! I'm surprised the pretty braid-look is so easy to do. Thanks for the tutorial!
    --Jill
    JillMadeIt.blogspot.com

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  7. This is adorable!!! I'm seriously "jewelry making challenged," but I might even have to try this one. SO CUTE! :)

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  8. These are too cute! Found you from Made with Love linky party.

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  9. Such a cute idea! Thanks for taking the time to post a tutorial! I would like to try this out!

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  10. what are you talking about - these are GREAT photos! very intuitive and clear instructions and this is just the cutest little pendant I've seen in a long while :) adorably sweet, love it!

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  11. This is absolutely adorable!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/07/calling-all-crafters-17th-edition.html

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  12. I fricken love this. It is on my todo list for sure. Tess

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  13. Ooooh shiney! I wonder how well this would work in purple ;)

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  14. Now where have I been? This is a new fresh look to me. So fun. Thanks for linking it to Motivated Monday at BeColorful and bringing me into the know. :)
    Pam

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  15. Cute project! I'm featuring you over at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions. Come grab a featured button and show what you've been up to this week!

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  16. LOVE! You got the most likes over at Making the World Cuter and were featured today! Come over and grab a button if you'd like...or at least just come bask in your glory! :)
    Hugs-
    Tiff

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  17. that's adorable!! I'm going to have to try this out.

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  18. I just love this, what a sweet necklace! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  19. This is so precious. I can't wait to try making it. Thanks for posting this tutorial.

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  20. Great tutorial, Heidi! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. FINALLY instructions - thank you sooo much! I have been trying to figure this out and I can't wait to go at it again, but with your help this time. Thank you so much for your post and freely offering it to all of us crafters!!! :) Big hugs!!!!
    Laura

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  22. I have seen these done before and always wondered how! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)
    -Maureen
    http://www.releasemecreations.com

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  23. I had wanted to do this pea-pod necklace with fertility crystals but was struggling with the wrapping technique. Thank you so much for your clear and informative tutorial =D These will be up on my store in no time!

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  24. What gauge wire do you recommend?

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  25. This is just splendid! I've made pea pod pendants before but not with the herringbone wire wrap! I will feature and link in a future blog post so others can come visit!

    www.beadinggem.com

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  26. What gauge wire did you use?

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  27. A boy asked my niece to prom by spelling out: PROM using his peas at lunch!! I thought it would be cute to use them for their prom garter! Thank you!

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  28. Did you use a 20 or 24 gauge wire?

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  29. i agree what wire did you use .. i would love to make these as grandparent gifts for christmas !!!!!

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  30. Thanks for sharing I made one for my daughter as she really loved the three peas in a pod but up until your tutorial I was unable to do it .
    Thanks again

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  31. Great tutorial. What gauge wire did you use?

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  32. Wonderful that you posted such great step by step directions! So happy! Cant wait to get started creating. Going to make as a mother daughter project for Mother's Day with my daughters. Look simple and inexpensive to make. Many thanks!

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  33. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    Oh mu gosh! this is the first time i see these pea pods. My sister Terry mentioned them to me and i find them very interesting, not that i want to copy your ideas because i don't, just like i don't like no one getting my ideas but i think i'm gona try to make one for her. I have been trying to figure out what to give her for mother's day because she is so humble and i guess this will warm up her beautiful heart.

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  34. I have seen this in many stores for a lot of Money. Thanks for demo sooo cute!!

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