Pebble Charm

   "In summer, the song sings itself."  --  William Carlos Williams


"In summer, the song sings itself."  --  William Carlos Williams

Summers mean long walks along the shores of Lake Michigan in search of perfect pebbles.  I love their smooth texture in a range of earth tones.  I introduced my niece to this lovely past time.  We collected dozens of pebbles for use in making  jewelry, paper weights and other fun reminders of vacation.

To make your own pebble (or sea glass) charm you will need the following: 

MATERIALS

Pebble (My own is 1" x 1.25".)
24 gauge non-tarnish silver wire (I used Artistic Wire from Beadalon.)
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Ruler
An 18" length of ribbon, chain or other necklace strand (I used a silver necklace my mother gave me years ago.)

DIRECTIONS

 Cut a 12" length of wire.

 Fold the wire in half and place the pebble in its center.

Fold the wire in half and place the pebble in its center.

 Bend the wire around the pebble, wrapping tightly as you go.

Bend the wire around the pebble, wrapping tightly as you go.

 Proceed until you have completed three wraps.

Proceed until you have completed three wraps.

Firmy grasp the wire ends with your needle nose pliers. Hold the pebble steady and proceed to twist the wire with the hand holding the wire ends until you achieve the desired twist.

Once you have achieved the desired amount of twist, use your round nose pliers to bend a loop approximately 1/4" from the top of the pebble.  Using your needle nose pliers (or your fingers) bend the tail along the shaft of the loop covering the entire 1/4" length.

Split apart the remaining length of wire. Using your needle nose pliers, bend the wire into a flat spiral. Once you have completed both spirals, bend them flat against the front of the pebble charm.

To further tighten the wire against your pebble (thus holding it securely in place) and to add a bit more texture, pinch the wire with the tip of your needle nose pliers.  Twist slightly to add several crimps.

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A charming reminder of sunny summer days that you can wear year round!  This also works well with found beach glass.