Simple Nest Necklace

Short on time and need to whip up a 1/2 dozen Chrismtas gifts?  Give this easy project a try.
24″ 24 gauge steel wire
15mm gunmetal jump ring
18″ gunmetal chain
Tiny nest charm
1. Leaving a 3″ tail of wire, wrap the wire in a circle slightly larger than the charm.
2. Continue wrapping the wire over and under, forming the nest shape.  Wrap the wire three times around the entire bundle of wire.  Leave 6″ of wire.
3. Pull the 3″ tail of wire through the charm and up and around the top of the nest.  Wrap a loop around the pliers twice to form a double loop.  
4. Wrap the rest of the wire from the 3″ tail around the base of the loop.  Wrap the remaining wire around the loop to from an entwined loop.
5. Add jump ring to the loop and string the chain through the jump ring.  Buff the wire with Vintaj’s Metal Relief Block or a polishing pad.
Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for my entire collection of tiny charms!
Last week on Earrings Everyday I featured this variation using Meadowlark charms and tiny nests.  I left 3″ tails of wire on both ends of the nest to create the wrapped loops.

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    November 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hi Heather, what a unique,rustic way to add whimsy to your cute charms…by the way mine flew into the mail box this week and they are abso fabu…so much detail on a tiny little canvas…take care & have a great day…
    ttfn Lana

  2. Reply
    Kathleen Lange Klik
    November 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    The necklace is really fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Reply
    November 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Great tutorial. I've wondered how to do that. Thanks for posting.

  4. Reply
    November 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    These earrings are lovely. Thank you for sharing your technique 😉

  5. Reply
    Jewels By Ine
    November 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I like it very much! It doesn't look simple! realy nice

  6. Reply
    Maria's Craft
    November 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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    Spirited Earth
    November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial..can't wait to make a few of these for the Holidays.
    I shared a link on my blog.

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    Jewelry Trays
    November 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I must say, that necklace has a real refined earthy look to it. Really great work!

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