Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to Make Bird's Nest Jewelry

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Many wire artisans make fun and funky bird's nest earrings and pendants. They are easy to make and very forgiving if you aren't a strong wire worker.

There are different ways to wrap and weave the wire so be sure to check out these tutorials and follow the suggestions by the instructors.

The wired bird's nest can be really lovely with the right sort of beads and some artistic interpretations of the wire work. Just check out Cathe Hoden of  the Just Something I made blog's tutorial  for the nest you see at the top. She used her bird's nest for her craft designs but they are easily convertible into jewelry designs. For necklaces, simply attach with a jump ring or also add a bail.

Gail over at the Can't Stop Making Things blog designed the tutorial for these nests. As she pointed out, it makes a great Easter gift. Her technique differs from the others as she uses several shorter lengths of wire rather than one long one like the other instructors.

If you prefer to make a bird's nest ring, then check out the video tutorial by Denise Mathew.  She makes the bird's nest first before wrapping around the ring mandrel.
The tutorial is in 2 parts :
Part 1
Part 2

Other nest posts :
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 


Willi said...

These are really cute designs. Can't wait to try one!

The Beading Gem said...

They will look awesome with Swarovski pearls!!

Willi said...

You read my mind - I do love Swarovski pearls :)

Crystal Allure said...

Very cool! Thanks for the tuts! I have so many of your tut links saved, I think I need to get a workin' on some of them. :-)

Will definately be trying this one, stay tuned..

Shaiha said...

Thanks for these tutorials! They are great

Allison The Imp said...

I've been wondering how to do this. Thanks!

zoraida said...

The bird's nest tut was great. I've been creating birds nest pins for a while. Your approach is so much easier.

The Beading Gem said...

Zoraida, your bird's nest designs are wonderful, nonetheless!

Genie said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am already looking for something new to make for my fellow teachers for Christmas 2012. This year I made them all tied Civil War vintage fabric wreaths leaving me with LOTS of bruises and blister from all the cutting and pinking. This looks like such fun, and it also looks like something I might be able to do. Thanks for the tutorial and all the links. Have a Happy New Year filled will lots and lots of creativity and photo taking. Genie

Pearl Blay said...

I am glad you found it useful! Jewelry is always welcomed and the bird's nest design is a sure fire bet!

Hope you enjoy checking through my blog for lots of ideas! If you search for kid's jewelry, there are many projects suitable for the younger set.

My tutorial post hub is Jewelry Making Tips.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

...oh! I love the blue eggs in the dark wire; very special!

kareninkenai said...

not sure if this is for "i heart macro" or not - no indication. But, I enjoyed checking our your nest/bead tutorial. happy new year. karen

Pearl Blay said...

Nope, it wasn't for "i heart macro" but I am glad you visited. Hope you come again! Happy New Year to you too!

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