Sunday, August 9, 2009

String Art Pendant Tutorial

By on Sunday, August 09, 2009 12 Comments

This probably dates me but I remember string art. The version I recall involved small nails hammered into some wood. They formed a shape so that when colored string was wound around opposite nails, they formed intricate patterns. String art is still popular today.

Now jewelry artisans are applying the same technique into their designs. The pendant above is my first attempt generally following the video instructions given by Camille Sharon. It's rather abstract in design mostly because I was not patient enough to count the coils. I just went for a funky look by winding wherever my whim took me.

This instructor formed the tear drop shaped pendant with her hands. I used something round to form the lower part properly. She also showed how you could make your own DIY wire coiler from hardware store items. I coiled my wire using the Artistic Wire's Wire Worker kit for hand coiling (more about it in a future tutorial). You could also use a knitting needle provided the wire you use is soft like copper. The gauges I used were 20G for the form and 26G for the coils. Stretch your wire coil slowly to make sure the coils stay even.

I also used the shiny stuff - metallic embroidery floss called "Jewel Effects" which Camille advised beginners not to use when first starting out. She was right. It is stiffer and prone to break if you pulled too hard. The strands also do not separate out as easily as regular floss. I bought it because the thread looked so pretty and I couldn't resist! One further tip, if you aren't too happy about bail wire wrapping, just do some scrolls to hide the area!

Some wire work artisans are also using wire instead of string or thread. I like the threads better because of the color possibilities. Check out the beautiful string art earring designs in this video by and you'll see why I say so. They use silk thread.


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  1. Hi Pearl

    I can't believe that is your first attempt- it is so beautiful. There are too many projects and too little time...


  2. Wonderful pendant certainly doesn't look like a first attempt...

    Would love to have the time someday to try something like this but I'm not sure I would have the patience...


  3. I too remember string art and this is a pretty example. Nice job.

  4. A lot of the credit goes to the instructor for clear directions!

  5. Wow! I love your designs. I never did string art. I do more wire wrapping and beading?
    I’ve seen earrings made like this at street fairs, and always said to myself, that one day I will try to make it. Now I’m so happy to see exactly how they are made. You did a wonderful job with your first try. Beautiful colors. I’m going to try to make it. I hope they come out as beautiful as yours. When I make mine, I will put a picture on my blog. Thanks

  6. Beautiful! Your story reminds me how important it is to let our children play at what inspires them, and to keep championing the arts in schools. I remember not only string art, but string games wee played with a long strand of string, forming shapes like "Jacob's Ladder!"

  7. good!

  8. Thanks a million Pearl..esp the video on how to make the frame for the earrings..I have been looking for that like forever....I did attempt it and I have put it in my blog(
    - with credit links to this post and the tutorial...I hope you wouldnt mind..thanks a lot again... :)

  9. I am delighted with the link- thanks! Off to have a look at your version.

  10. I cannot wait to try this out... your tutorial was very helpfu1!

  11. Oh my goodness - I was looking for tutorials on Peruvian String Art and up popped The Beading Gem's Journal. You're like that saying; "All roads lead to Rome." Well all info regarding jewelry and its making leads to Pearl's wonderful blog. :D

    You're always on top of things when it comes to tutorials and trends . . . Thanks a million. :)

  12. "All roads lead to Rome"? That is too funny! But I am glad you found your way back to my blog. Have fun with string art jewelry!