Wire Wrapped Octopus
By Black Dog Jewelry
This lesson will show you step by step how to make a wire wrapped Octopus pendant using the spiked technique tutorial from Artey Creaciones on JewelryLessons.com.
The spiked technique consists of wrapping a wire using only a pair of pliers. This tutorial requires you already know the spike technique.
2.5 yards 22 gauge dead soft round wire
6 inches 26 gauge dead soft round wire
(wire can be copper, bronze, silver or craft wire)
1 6mm Swarovski pearl
1 8-12mm oblong crystal
Tools: Round nose pliers
Chain or flat nose fliers
Making the octopus body:
Step 2: Making the tentacles
Start making your levels of “spikes” as taught in Carmen Barrera’s Spike Seahorse tutorial.
Your first spike will be 9 loops high.
Your second spike will be 11 loops high.
Your third spike will be 9 loops high.
Your fourth spike will be 10 loops high.
Your fifth spike will be 10 loops high.
Your sixth spike will be 9 loops high.
Your seventh spike will be 10 loops high.
Your eighth spike will be 9 loops high.
When all the tentacles are complete, wrap the wire
1 extra time next to the last loop.
Cut wire from spool with flush cutters. Straighten out the spikes that twisted up. At this point you can bend the end loops of the spikes pretty easily to get it straight.
It will kind of look like a crown with 8 “spikes”. These are your tentacles.
Thread your 6mm pearl onto the other wire. Insert the wire through the middle of the tight little circle you created when pulling the wire tight.
Continue to wrap the end wires around base of the octopus and through the center to tightly secure your pearl.
Shape each tentacle with your fingers to make him look like he’s floating in water.
Attach matching chain of your choice on the tentacle ends on each side of the head.