How to Wire Wrap Stones in Jewelry

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Wire wrapping stones for jewelry is a delicate and often tricky art. While the greatest mastery of wire wrapping comes with practice, it helps to know a few basic wire wrap designs and to choose the best type of wrap to go with the shape of stone you're wrapping. Choose from one of three basic wrapping techniques for the most secure wraps that add variety to your designs.

Method 1: Joint Wrap

  • Choose a stone that is somewhat flat for a joint wrap.

  • Cut two pieces of wire of the same length and lay them alongside each other. Their length should be at least six times the length of the stone (err on the side of too much).

  • Join the lengths of wire together. Wrap a third piece of wire around the other two with the tightest wrap you can make, creating a cylinder of wire. Make it about a 1/4 inch long, and create several of these along the length of the two wires.

  • Wrap the joined pieces around your stone. Lay the joined wires along the outside edge of the stone, sliding the wire cylinders around to put them wherever you want. Pull the two joined wires away from each other and wrap them around the front and back of the stone.

  • Join the loose ends of the wire at the top of the wrap. Coil them tightly together into one piece using pliers. This will tighten the wrap around the stone.

Method 2: Cross Wrap

  • Choose a stone that is spherical or cube-shaped for a cross wrap.

  • Cut two pieces of wire of the same length and lay one over the other in an equal-armed cross pattern.

  • Wrap the stone. Place the bottom of the stone over the center of the crossed wires and pull the four arms of wire up around it, as if you were wrapping a gift with ribbons.

  • Join the loose ends of the wire at the top of the wrap. Coil them tightly together into one piece using your pliers. This will tighten the wrap around the stone.

Method 3: Spiral Wrap

  • Choose an oblong stone for a spiral wrap.

  • Cut a single length of wire that's at least ten times the height of your stone. Alternately, weave while the wire is still on the spool, then cut it.

  • Form a small spiral in the end of the wire.

  • Place the spiral against the bottom end of your rock and wrap the remaining wire in a large spiral around the stone. Create a loop at the top and trim the wire.

  • Tighten the wrap and flatten the wire against the stone. Get rid of slack by creating extra twists in the wire using the tip of your needle-nosed pliers.

References

  • Wire Wrapping: The Basics and Beyond; Jim McIntosh; 2007
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