Transform that beautiful shiny stone that you found during vacation on the beach or during your last hiking trip into a piece of jewelry. It’s unlikely that you will find a diamond that way, but the stones that you find during your amateur excavations can be just as eye-catching. They won’t come with the luxury of being shaven down to fit into a ring or bracelet, but you can use the natural rough stone as is in a jewelry pendant.
- Trowel or shovel
- Rough Stone
- Measuring Tape
- Half-hard wire
- Wire cutters
- Round-nose pliers
- Flat-nose pliers
Search for stones. Scrimmage through the rock garden in your very own yard. Take hikes on nature trails. Take a small shovel or trowel along with you.
Measure the width of your stone. Wrap measuring tape around the widest parts of the stone. Multiple that number by three. This is your measurement for the next step.
Cut four wire strips equal to the measurement you calculated in the previous step. Use gold or silver half-hard wire. Cut another two wire strips half the size of the previous four you cut.
Place the four longest of the wires side by side. Measure the halfway mark and place a mark from a marker there.
Wrap the one of the smaller wires around the marker identifier. Wrap it three times using the round-nose pliers as leverage to bend the wire. Cut the excess wire from the wire you wrapped.
Mark the four wires in fourths on either side of the wrapped wire. Place identifiers every quarter inch away from the center wire. Mark it with a marker. There should be a mark at the quarter-inch, half-inch and 1 ½-inch points on both sides of the wire wrapped around the center of the four wires.
Bend the wire at a 45-degree angle on both sides at the first quarter-inch marks. Measure the bends to make sure they are identical. Bend the wire at a 45-degree angle on both sides at the half-inch mark.
At the 1 1/2-inch mark, bend the wire outward at a 45-degree angle. Wrap the two opposing wires together in three full rotations around one another.
Create a bail loop with the remaining short wire strip. Bend the original four wires together at the top. Wrap the remaining short wire around them at least three times. Use the excess wire to create the bail loop. Bend your wire 270 degrees or until it looks like a fish hook.
Bend the initial four wires backwards over the wrap created by the shorter wire. Cut off any excess wire that hangs below the knot. You should have a hexagonal-like metal loop with a metal knot in the center and above the cage.
Cut the outermost pendant wires with a small wire cutter. Separate them by opening them up like a cage.
Stuff the stone inside the wire cage. Wrap the cage wires around the stone. They may be loose. Adjust the wires with the round-nose pliers by pulling them up until the stone is locked in the center. Tweak the position of the stone until it is as center as it can be.
Flatten out parts of the cage that are not straight with the flat-nose pliers. Twist the wire at the top below to loop tight to secure the wire. Lock the wires that you cut with the wire cutter to the bail wire. Twist them secure with the round-nose pliers.
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