A pentacle is an amulet used to invoke or protect against magic. The most well-known design is a pentagram inscribed inside a circle. Use craft wire to create an inexpensive pentacle, but you can employ the same techniques to create a pendant out of precious metal wire. When using sterling silver wire, you must use silver solder to ensure strong joints. This also requires a jeweler's torch rather than the soldering iron to generate sufficient heat for the process. The craft wire version is a good practice piece to make prior to using silver for the first time.
Things You'll Need
- Craft wire
- Tubular form with the same diameter as the desired amulet, such as a glass, bottle or dowel
- Wire cutters
- Needle nosed pliers
- Plain paper
- Straight edge
- Soldering iron
- Resin core solder wire .062 inches in diameter
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Wrap the wire around the form to create a circle. Twist the wire end together twice to secure the shape. Slip the ring from the form.
Snip the excess wire with the wire cutters, leaving 1/2-inch tails.
Pinch the ends of the tails with the tip of the pliers and wrap them into small loops. These loops will accommodate wearing the finished amulet on a leather thong.
Draw a circle on the paper the same size as the metal ring.
Draw a pentagram inside the circle using the straight edge to make precise lines.
Cut wire pieces the same length as the lines forming the pentagram.
Position the first two pieces of metal on top of the paper pattern forming a point.
Heat the soldering iron and touch the end of the solder wire to the tip. Wipe or flick off any excess solder.
Heat the joint between the two wires with the soldering iron while holding the end of the soldering wire to the joint. Avoid making contact between the soldering wire and the iron. Hold the wire to the joint until the solder melts and coats the joint.
Assemble and solder the pentagram one wire at a time.
Position the finished pentagram onto the metal ring. Solder each point to the ring.