How to Do a Wire Name Necklace

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There is no type of jewelry as personalized as a necklace with your own name on it. These necklaces can be made from many different materials, such as beads, silver shapes with engraved letters or strands of metal with letters twisted into it. This last option is more modern and trendy than the other two, and with the right tools you can make it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • 18 gauge wire, about 1 meter in length
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Plan on a piece of paper how you want your name to look. Write your name in cursive so that all of the letters connect to each other. Remember that your name will be made from one long strand of wire. Try writing your name without lifting the pen to replicate the actions you will have to make with the metal.

  • Begin the necklace using one end of the wire to create the first letter of your name. Twist the wire into the shape of the first letter.

  • Twist the next letter immediately after you finish the first, following the plan that you drew on the piece of paper. Continue until you have twisted and formed all of the letters of your name.

  • Wrap the extra metal around your neck to measure how long you would like it to be.

  • Cut off the extra metal, leaving a few inches at the end to close the necklace.

  • Tightly wrap the end of the necklace around the bottom of the first letter of your name, in the spot where it will be the least obvious, and press down hard with the pliers to seal it shut.

  • Cut off the excess wire.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is a video that demonstrates how to make these necklaces that can be very helpful in learning how to form the letters. The creator demonstrates with the name "Madison," but it will give you an idea of what to do even if your name does not contain any of those letters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owFQOL9W6d4&feature=related

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  • Photo Credit pliers image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com
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