How to wire wrap a tumbled stone

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How to wire wrap a tumbled stone
Wrapping tumbled stones with jewellery wire can bring out their true beauty. (brown and red gem like stone image by Sean Arenas from

Wire wrapping is used in jewellery design to wrap tumbled stones or gems that cannot easily be drilled or glued. But many jewellers use this method even with gemstones that can be drilled or glued to settings because it adds a more artistic and interesting look to a jewellery piece. Wiring techniques vary and many techniques are personalised by the artist once he has some wiring experience. Choose a stone of a flatter shape for this wire-wrapping method.

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Things you need

  • Jewellery wire
  • Needle-nose jewellery pliers
  • Side cutters

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  1. 1

    Cut two pieces of jewellery wire approximately six times longer than the length of your stone and place them on your work surface. Cut a third piece of wire 2 to 3 inches long.

  2. 2

    Wrap the smallest piece of wire around the other two, making a tight wrap. Continue wrapping the two pieces of wire until you get a one-quarter inch wrap along the two long pieces of wire; then cut with side cutters. Tuck loose ends of the wrap tightly to the coil so there aren't any rough edges

  3. 3

    Leave the top wrapped edge at an outside edge so that, later, you can make a final wire loop for a chain to go through. Wrap the stone tightly with the long, joined, pieces of wire. Wrap the stone with the paired long pieces in a design of your choosing by pulling the joined pieces apart in certain areas and wrapping them around the front and back of the stone in a pleasing, but secure, way.

  4. 4

    Join the loose ends to the wrapped top edge and create a wire loop for a chain to pass through. Use pliers to hold the loop as you coil the wire around all the ends tightly. Pull the coil tight with the pliers and cut with the side cutters.

  5. 5

    Press the remaining edge into the coil with the needle-nose pliers so that you don't leave any sharp edges.

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