By: Gloria Uhler
Accentuate a gorgeous gemstone with this stunning wire jewelry tutorial. This wirewrapped pendant design uses elegant scrolling silver wire to complement the rich royal purple tones of the stone. Give your next pendant project some extra shine using this beautiful technique!
large stone with drilled hole
24 gauge wire
18 gauge wire
round nose, flat nose, and needle nose pliers
1.) Create the main wire in this design by cutting a piece of 18-gauge wire twice the vertical length of your stone, plus one half inch. Make a loop on one end using round nose pliers.
2.) Form a spiral by firmly grasping the loop you created with flat nose pliers.
3.) Smooth the wire in a circle with your fingers – not the pliers. Work in small increments, moving the position of the pliers. Follow the shape of the loop. Avoid sharp angles in the wire.
4.) Smooth the wire over a pencil or other round shape to create a curved bend. The straight end of wire should be aligned horizontally with the top of the spiral.
5.) With a new piece of wire and the round nose pliers, create open loops on each end. Curve it into an “S” shape with your hands. The curved piece should be about 2/3 the length of the main wire.
6.) Fit the “S” inside the main wire, making adjustments in length or loops if necessary.
7.) Join the “S” to main wire by wrapping 24gauge wire around them about five times. Do this at the top of the pieces and bottom as shown. Snip off the excess wire. Use needle nose pliers to flatten the cut ends against the work to avoid sharp edges.
8.) Cut a 9-inch piece of 18-gauge wire. Use flat nose pliers to bend a 45-degree angle 2 inches from one end. Insert the wire into the stone.
9.) Create a bend in the short wire, pushing it up against the side of the stone. Make a 45degree angle in it at the vertical center of the stone. The short end should be facing straight up. Bend the long wire across the upper front of the stone.
10.) Using 24-gauge wire, attach the scrolled wire piece to the long wire. Trim off excess wrapping wire and flatten the ends.
11.) Slide the scrolled wire piece along the long wire to the center of the stone.
12.) Bend the long wire around the stone by moving it to the back side. Continue to wrap it around five times, with each wrap getting smaller as you move to the top.
13.) At the end of the last wrap, create a loop with needle nose pliers and tuck down into the wraps.
14.) Smooth the straight wire and wrap it around a round object until you have used up the wire. Slip it off the object and trim off extra.
15.) Squeeze the wraps with flat nose pliers to force them into a single circle.