Pendant with Antiqued Gold-Plated Steel Drops

Check to make sure the end of the 14-gauge wire is cut flush or has a blunt cut end. Insert the wire into the vice so about 1/2 to 1-inch of the wire is above the vise surface.
Using the ball peen hammer, strike the end of the wire as if drawing the wire out from the center to the side. Repeat working around the entire end of the wire. Repeat until you can feel you have established a head on the end of the wire, something that feels like a nail head.

Cut about 1/2 to 3/4 inches below the end you just formed. Set the rivet aside.
Using the marker, place dots on the surface of the disc where you want to place the rivets.
Using the steel hole punch, place holes at the marks.

Note: The hole size and the gauge of the wire need to match up or the rivet will not work properly. For 14-gauge wire, be sure to use the smaller (1.5mm) punch on the steel hole punch.
Place the disc with holes on top of the second disc. Push the tip of the marker through the drilled holes to place dots on the surface of the second disc.

Using the steel hole punch, place holes at the marks.
Using a flat file, file the surface of the discs to remove any burrs.

Using a round file, file the holes to make sure no metal burrs remain inside.

Any excess metal will prevent the rivet from working properly.

Place a rivet through each hole on one disc until the rivet head rests on the outside of the disc. Place the assembly face down onto the bench block or anvil.

Slide a cut tube onto each rivet.

Place the second disc onto the wire so it rests on the cut tubes.
Using flush-cutters, trim one wire about 2mm above the surface of the top layer.

Using a ball peen hammer, begin to form the nail head in the wire, working the same way you did for the first end.

Once the rivet is formed on the second end of the wire, repeat for the other two wire rivets until the assembly is secure.

Check the assembly to make sure everything is together properly, use the hammer again if you feel any play in the rivets.

Do not hit the rivet so hard you start to crush the tubing.
Open an 8mm sterling silver jumpring and place on one 7mm flat round and three hammered flat ovals. Close the jumpring.
Open another 8mm sterling silver jumpring. Pass the open ring around the center cut tube then place on the jumpring from Step 10. Close the jumpring.
Open a 6.3mm sterling silver jumpring and place on the three twisted round rings and another 6.3mm jumpring.

Open one 9mm round brass jumpring. Insert the jumpring assembly from Step 12 into place, positioned so the second 6.3mm jumpring falls between the loops on the top of the pendant. Insert the 9mm jumpring through one loop, the 6.3mm jumpring and then the second loop. Close the jumpring to secure the jumpring assembly in place.

The 9mm jumpring is also positioned to be the bail for the pendant. String on the cording or cable of your choice.

Create this steampunk-styled design variation by incorporating findings from the watch component mix:

Pendant with Antiqued Gold-Plated Steel Drops

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