State map pendants have been popular for a while.  Very likely because celebrities have been spotted wearing them.  You can make your own out of wire.  See how Julieta of VJuliet does it.

I am guessing she used 20G wire.  Remember to work harden (set the shape) by hammering lightly with a nylon hammer.  If you want to get a flattened look, go ahead and hammer with something stronger like a chasing hammer.

One extra touch you can add is to wire wrap one bead somewhere to add a touch of color.  I discovered previously that 6 Canadian provinces actually have a symbolic gemstone.  So if I were to make an Ontario map pendant, I would definitely add an amethyst bead.

Not every US state has symbolic mineral, rock or gemstone.  Here is a great list to check out whether your state has any.  Any Californian for example can add something gold for the "Golden state".

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