Published on August 22nd, 2011 | by Julie Finn1
How-to: Easy Wire Wrapped Shark Tooth Necklace
During our most recent (of many) field trips to what seems to be every single dinosaur museum in the known universe, my little girls participated in a pretend paleontology dig, and they found themselves a nice little treasure trove of shark teeth.
Hmmm…what does one do with a shark tooth? Wear it around your neck, obviously!
While a lot of wire wrapping and jewelry making projects take practice (my soldered magnifying necklace tutorial, while do-able, is not for the faint of heart!), wire wrapping a shark tooth to create a pendant that you can hang on any necklace is surprisingly easy. The wire that you’ll use is soft enough to bend by hand, and although you’ll want a pair of needle-nose pliers and some wire cutters to finish it off, you or somebody you know has those in a toolbox somewhere near you.
Best of all, a wire wrapped shark tooth doesn’t have to be perfectly done to look perfect. Read on, and I’ll show you how to wire wrap your tooth (or any other triangular object) in a way that will be sturdy and look great, all in about five minutes:
To begin, you’ll need a shark tooth (or other triangular object), and 18-gauge silver or copper wire, easily obtainable in any craft or jewelry supply store. Depending on the size of your shark tooth, you may be afraid that 18-gauge wire will look a little heavy–go ahead and bump up to 20-gauge wire if you’re making this project for an adult or older kid, but I find that my girls will inadvertently break any jewelry that I make for them if I use any wire higher than 18-gauge. Kids are rough!
Working directly from your spool so you don’t have to worry about running short of wire, unspool a good four inches of wire (that’s longer than I have in this particular photo, because I’ve made these before, but go long for yourself, at least the first few times), and put it behind your shark tooth there at the four-inch mark, running diagonally from the top left to the bottom right of the tooth.