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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Netted Cap Drop

This is one of my signature designs: a lacy netted cap created with hair-thin 28 or 30 ga wire worked over a coiled bezel on a flat pear briolette. The effect is amazingly airy and delicate and can be used to create pendants for necklaces or earrings.  Here you can see a variety of examples. [button href="http://www.jewelrylessons.com/tutorial/netted-cap-flat-pear" size="xlarge" title="Do you want to learn how to make this? Get a PDF lesson at Jewelrylessons.com. " color="#9999ff" textcolor="#ffffff"][/button]

Materials for one wrapped flat pear:

  • 7 inches 20 ga wire (soft or half-hard)
  • 1 smooth or faceted flat pear briolette bead (7/8" by 1.5")
  • 3.5 feet of 28ga soft wire for bezel
  • 3 feet of 28 or 30 ga wire for netting
  • 28 2mm bead

Note: the hole on the flat pear bead should be top drilled, that is, horizontal at the top of the bead.

Note 2: This technique can be used for any size flat pear, however, can be proven difficult to execute in beads smaller than 7/8" high. Start with larger sizes for practice.

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