Wire wrapping is an easy and beautiful way to make your own jewellery. Unlike other jewellery techniques, it doesn't require costly supplies or an elaborate workspace. In that way, it is an ideal start to jewellery making. This simple tutorial will show you how to make your own wire-wrapped pendant, which will give you the basic skills for any future wire-wrapping projects.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Wire cutter
- Round-nosed pliers
- Flat-nosed pliers
- Wire, 18-24 gauge
- Crystal or stone
- Necklace chain
Select the stone you want to use as your pendant. Choose a crystal or stone that speaks to you. Pick a larger piece if this is your first time making this type of jewellery, because it will be much easier to work with.
Choose the gauge of wire you wish to use. Experiment with the flexibility and strength of the different sizes.
Plan your design. You can draw it on paper, but that isn't essential. Use the string you have to mimic the design. Use this length of string to determine how much wire you'll need.
Determine where your chain will pass through your design. Include an extra loop, probably at the top, for this.
Cut your wire, using the string as a measurement. It is better to have too much wire than not enough.
Twist the chain loop first. Loop your wire around the round-nosed pliers once, and then use the flat-nosed pliers to twist the wire around itself a few times. This will hold the loop in place.
Create the curls and embellishments. Before wrapping your stone, use your pliers to create any spirals or waves you have planned in your design.
Wrap your stone. It's OK if it doesn't come out exactly as you had pictured. The most important part is to make sure the chain loop is place properly. The rest is probably imperfection that only you will notice.
Thread your chain, and it's ready to wear.
Tips and warnings
- Drawing your design, front and back, can give you a better sense of preparation.
- If you are feeling confident, you might want to use more than one piece of wire, which will allow for more spirals in the design.
- Cut ends of wire can be very sharp, so use caution when handling cut wire.
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