Lisa Leonard Designs

how to: hammered bow necklace

October 26th | inspiration, jewelry

A few months ago, Michael’s Arts & Crafts store asked me to create a necklace to inspire their community. Of course, I was honored to help out! I took our popular, pretty like a bow necklace, and created a simpler, wire-wrapped version. I hope you love it! Scroll down to see the step by step pictures–and find directions at the end of the post!

Cut a length of 16 gauge wire at least 8 inches long {better to have it too long, than too short!}

Place your needle nose pliers about 2” from the end, and create a loop.

Move pliers over about 1.5” and create a second loop. Bring extra wire behind the two loops.

Wrap wire up and around between the two loops to create the center of the bow.

Trim ends of bow to the same length.

Hammer bow to flatten and make it look more like a ribbon.

File any rough edges until smooth.

Use 22 gauge wire and wrap a few small beads for artisan details and finish with chain. Attach hammered bow to beads with jump rings.

Now go grab some wire and get to work! Hop over to Michael’s blog to find more inspiring projects. Happy Friday, sweet friends! We are back in England and planning a trip to Brighton, a stop in London and some down time too. What do you have planned this weekend?

10 Responses

  1. Colleen says:

    Live on the Jersey Coast and getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, hopefully she will be nice to us!

  2. melody says:

    LOVE this!! off to pin it now so I don’t forget! :)

  3. Kelli says:

    I want to try this with some skinny velvet ribbon instead of beads and stuff. So pretty! I pinned it on Pinterest!

    I am chaperoning a high school homecoming dance this weekend. Wish me luck on all fronts, especially staying up til midnight!

  4. Christal says:

    My dad and grandparents were born in Brighton. I spent a summer there, last year. So fun.

  5. rachel slagle says:

    Love this Lisa! So cute (as is everything you make). Can’t wait to hammer out this project.

  6. Gem Gals says:

    LOVE this! Bows are so huge right now, and so adorable! Thanks for sharing Lisa!

    xoxo,
    Gem Gals

  7. Corinna says:

    Visiting from SITS. Now following you!

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