This all began with a lovely road trip with my friend Tammy. It started off as a girls day out. Of course we got hungry and started to look for the most perfect place to sit down for lunch. After we parked in Buckhannon, WV, we started to walk to the restaurant and a giant magnet drew us toward an antique store. Well my friends, that was the beginning, for there on the floor were bins full of hand blown marbles. Bright, happy marbles. I was hooked. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just knew that I 'must' have them.
Then came the task of turning them into pendants. At first I went with my standby of the round cage, but without a drilled center I was stumped for the bail. Plus, the wire just wasn't working, not enough, too much and finally I realized it was to heavy of a gauge. I was frustrated. But, after I changed gears, i.e. the design, my frustration eased. I will warn you that the slick marble does like to slip around and takes on a life of it's own and has a tendency to fly out of your hands until it is trapped in the wire. After I made a few, it became a breeze. It just takes some experience with understanding what to expect with the slick marble. By the time I was making my third pendant it became second nature.
Don't worry too much about the spacing of the side wires. As you create your pendant, there will be many opportunities to move the side wires to where you want them to be. Even at the very end of the tutorial.