Wire wrapped pendant tutorial

How to make wire wrapped jewellery – a tutorial Oruki Design

Wire swathe is a versatile technique that you can make beautiful jewelry without needing to invest in expensive tools or equipment, making it great for anyone who wants to start designing their own jewelry or learn a raw trade skill. As you grown in exercise and experience, you ’ ll be able to expand your range of cable weaving skills to make ever more intricate and delicate pieces .
Follow this bit-by-bit usher by Denise Brett from Oruki Design to create your very own nibble of wire wrapped jewelry, as she shows you how to wire-wrap a stone pendent .
You can besides find cable wrapped jewelry kits on Folksy to get you started .
A selection of wire-wrapping tools, from pliers to the all-important wire and a stone to wrap the wire around

To make your wire-wrapped pendant, you will need…


  • Something to wrap – I’ll be wrapping a tumble polished tiger’s eye by Natalie Ofkants on Folksy. The stone I’m using is approx 3cm long x 1.5cm wide. This wire-wrapping method works on any shape as long as there is a taper to the bottom. It won’t work for a straight-edged stone.
  • Wire – I’m using 0.8mm bare copper, but you could use plated or coloured wire. Stick to 0.8mm-1mm thickness and do make sure you are using dead soft wire.
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A couple of mandrels, one slightly bigger than the other. The larger will be used to shape the bail – I’m using a 7mm dowel and a 4mm crochet hook.
  • Nylon jaw pliers – optional

Wire-wrapped jewellery – step-by-step guide

1. First work out which side of your stone will be the front man and which way up you ’ ll wrap it. This method works good if there is a flimsy taper to the bottomland of the pit .
Cut your cable. For this 3cm stone I ’ molarity using 30cm of cable. If your stone is much bigger, cut extra. Any cable project starts with straightening your cable, indeed run the wire between your finger and finger a few times to ensure any kinks or bumps are smoothed out .

2a. Find the middle of the wire and use the small spindle to form a loop by crossing one end over the other. The bail is made by twisting the wires in concert. There are two ways to do this. With the loop on your spindle to steady it, use the other handwriting to twist the wires .

2b. alternatively, pinch the gap wires with one hand and turn the spindle with the other. To get a dainty even turn, ensure the wires are evenly bedspread and spin lento. Don ’ t do excessively many at once – I twist once and then ‘ reset ’ my pass ! Keep twisting until you have approx. 3cm twist .

3. To shape the bail, first form the telegram ends around and through the loop, then use the larger spindle to shape the wrench part, pushing the ends through the iteration as you go .

4. once the bail is shaped, move the two ends out to the side as shown. see they are towards the top of the loop – we ’ ll be using the bottom of the coil by and by .

5. With the nylon jaw pliers ( if you don ’ t have any, use the chain nose ), top together the very penetrate of the bail. You might want to pop the spindle back in to keep the bail the correct form. We ’ ra aiming to have the closed circuit sitting at the back merely below the top of the rock .

6. Before starting the future stage, smooth out the telegram ends again. then hold your stone therefore that the loop is to the second and centred with the ends coming through to the outside. Start to shape the wires around to the front of the pit. Flip it over and continue shaping until your two wires cross in the center .

7. Twist the two wires together at least once. As I ’ megabyte using quite a retentive stone I ’ megabyte adding several twists. You might find it easier to remove the pit to make the first flex, but then put the rock back in and double check the aligning before twisting any far, in case you overtighten the top section .

8. once you ’ re happy with the placement, start to shape the wires around to the back of the stone. Flip your chandelier over. Again twist the wires in concert to secure them, making certain your twist finishes before the bottom of the beginning iteration .

9. We ’ re going to use the bottom of that loop to secure everything. First trim the ends if necessary, roughly in line with the peak of the bail. Using your chain intrude pliers, take each end and bend it down to pass through the initial loop from the top. You might need to use a fingernail or pin to lift the penetrate of the loop from the rock to give you outer space to pass the wire through. Bend both wires through the loop, before tightening them up .

10. To finish, take the ends back improving and trim to a couple of millimetres. Use the chain nuzzle pliers to pinch the wire end down inside the coil to secure .

And that ’ s it. One wire wrapped pendent, ready to be slipped on to a chain or cord. here ’ s what the finish pieces looks like from different angles .

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