By: My Beads
Wire is a wonderful way to feature a focal bead! This wire-wrapping tutorial lets the wire be on display without overwhelming the bead itself. Once you learn how to wire wrap a bead or stone with this tutorial, there will be no limit to your jewelry designs.
approximately 32cm of 0.6mm square sterling silver wire
approximately 15cm half round sterling silver wire
cabochon (this one is 25x18mm)
round nose pliers (or anything with a fine tip)
1.) Cut your piece of square wire into two pieces 10cm each and two pieces 6cm each. Take the two shorter pieces and bind them securely together using tape (do this toward one end). Then bend the top over something (I
used the end of a small fork) to form the bail, as shown.
2.) Secure the bail with about 4-5 wraps of half round wire. Do this about 1-1.5cm away from the top of the bail. This will leave sufficient room for a necklace to be slid through. Make sure the wraps are tight by flattening with your
flat nose pliers. (Note: As you can see in the photo, my pliers are covered with masking tape. I always do this as it stops the pliers from marking the wire.)
3.) Take your two longer pieces of wire and align them on either side of your piece (as shown). Secure with tape toward the bottom of the piece. It helps if you bend the top of the two pieces of wire out where they meet the half
round wrap. This way you can align the four pieces of wire properly.
4.) Now using half round wire, secure the four wires together. Do this from the point just below where the original wrap finishes. The wraps should go for about 1cm (10 wraps). So far, your pendant should look like this:
5.) Cut the two middle wires at the bottom. Leave about 3mm after the final wrap. Bend them over the half round wrap and press them down with your flat nose pliers. This area (with the visible cut wires) will be the side that will
face the stone.
6.) Place it against the flat side of your cabochon. Bend the four wires over the stone to hold it in place. The picture below shows all four wires bent over to secure the stone.
7.) I have decided to make my prongs quite small, so I have cut the wires leaving about 1cm to hold the stone. If you would like something more elaborate (like the hematite pendant at the start of the tutorial) then leave the wire long and curl it.