Learn how to wire wrap stones without holes with this DIY wire wrap stone pendant tutorial! You can try the simpler wire wrap cabochon project that I’ve shared simply a week back, or scroll down to take it a level up!
A cabochon is an undrilled stone that has a flat back and a smooth (not faceted) front. In this tutorial, I used a stunning deep purple amethyst stone, with copper wire that creates a stunning contrast against the depth of the stone.
A few notes about wire wrap stone techniques:
Tucking wire ends– you’ll discover sometimes that I inform you to “cut and tuck” your ends. You do not desire sharp ends protruding to scratch your skin or snag your clothes. Use pliers to crush your ends flat versus your piece or to tuck them into existing wirework.
Coiling– An extremely basic wire wrapping technique, this is a beautiful way to clean up your wire wrap, and include something to ground it. If you want more of a “unpleasant” look, you can still do this to clean up your work, as it includes a central focus even when untidy. Or, work on doing it neatly, with a few coils wrapped up versus each other.
Weaving– Usually you’ll wish to weave utilizing a very thin wire, woven around a thicker wire. Nevertheless, considering that I wanted my coil to be thick here, I used a thicker wire and let the weave stay open and loose. Just like coiling, it can add a really artsy touch when done somewhat messily.
A couple of notes about which wires to utilize to wire wrap stone:
Idea: you can check out my full tutorial on copper jewelry making if you’re new at this!
Solidity– One of the most essential features of the wire you utilize is how soft it’ll be. Softer wires flex more easily, will wrap more nicely, and will be simple to work with. You’ll also discover that they mark more quickly, which is why I recommend having nylon jaw pliers helpful along with non-serrated chain nose pliers for when the nylon jaw is too awkward.
Product– Natural precious metals (copper, silver, gold, gold-filled) tend to be softer than steel, brass, and other cheaper metals. Nevertheless, they can be expensive. Copper is a great “starter wire” since it’s rather soft and easy to work with, but it’s still budget-friendly.
Determine– gauge refers to the thickness of a wire. The greater the gauge the thinner the wire. While I’d certainly like to advise having every gauge from 12-28 on hand for wire covering if you’re major about it, that might be impractical for beginners. That’s why instead I’d recommend having 16 gauge, 20 gauge, and 24 gauge useful. 20 gauge is a great in-between thickness for many tasks and is what I utilized for this wire wrap stone pendant.
Do not hesitate to mess around, experiment, and do your own thing– since that’s actually the point of jewelry making.