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Published on August 22nd, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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How-to: Easy Wire Wrapped Shark Tooth Necklace

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wire wrapped shark tooth necklaceDuring 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:

begin with the wire placed diagonally behind the shark toothTo 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.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



2 Responses to How-to: Easy Wire Wrapped Shark Tooth Necklace

  1. aubrey smith says:

    can you use anything other than wire? can you tell me how to make a shark tooth necklace with easyer steps? i am 12 years old and i went fossil digging and found a really neat tiger shark tooth that is about a medium large; and i was wondering if you could help me with telling me how to make a shark tooth necklace with a little more detailed steps for a 6th grader; no offence. i hope you can help me with this; please send me a response as soon as you get this; thankyou for this wonderful website and thankyou for all the help,
    sincerly,
    Aubrey Kristine Smith

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