Wood-Burned Pendant

Designer: Jodi Harris

Experiment with a variety of wood-burner tips to freehand-draw dots, lines, squiggles, and letters onto colored wooden beads and a blank disc.


  • Wood-burning pen (such as Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner)
  • Wood-burning tips: flow point and cone point (such as Walnut Hollow tips)
  • 8 to 10 colored wooden beads ranging in size from ¾” to 1″
  • 2″ round wooden disk
  • Transfer paper
  • Drill with ⅛” bit
  • 2 coordinating filler beads with small holes
  • Suede necklace cord
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 2 crimp ends with loops
  • 2 split rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jewelry chain
  • Pendant pattern (get it here)

1. Place desired wood-burning tip on the wood-burning pen. Freehand-draw lines, squiggles, dots, and letters onto the beads.

2. Place transfer paper on top of the wooden disc. Place the pendant pattern on top of the transfer paper. Using the blunt end of a ballpoint pen, trace the pattern to transfer it onto the wooden disk.

3. Burn the design lines on the wooden disk using a wood-burning pen fitted with a cone point.

4. Drill two holes spaced approximately ⅜” apart at the top of the disk.

5. Cut a necklace cord to desired length. Thread the cord ends from front to back through the holes in the disk. Adjust the cord so that the cord ends are even and the cord lays flat between the holes on the front of the disk.

6. Tie an overhand knot in the cord along each side of the wooden disk. Thread a filler bead onto each cord end; the knots should prevent the beads from touching the disk.

7. Thread the wood-burned beads onto the cord ends. Arrange the beads to create a balanced design on each side of the disk.

8. Using jewelry pliers, attach crimp ends to each cord end. Attach a split ring to each loop on the crimp ends.

9. Attach a lobster clasp to one split ring. Cut a 6″ length of jewelry chain; attach to the remaining split ring.

10. Fit necklace around your neck; adjust the chain length as needed by cutting off the excess chain. Leave about 2–3″ of necklace chain for small adjustments.


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