How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point

Quartz crystal points add an earthy vibe to any jewelry design. To transform a quartz point into a pendant, try this wire-wrapping technique. The finished pendant works best on a necklace but looks just as great on a bracelet. You can even make two for a pair of earrings.

(Image: Kirsten Nunez)

Things You'll Need


  • Quartz crystal point
  • 8mm jump rings (2)
  • Jewelry clasp and tag
  • Chain 
  • 18-gauge jewelry wire
  • Strong craft glue
  • 3-in-1 jewelry pliers

Tip

  • Because quartz crystals are produced by both nature and manufacturers, it’s important to pay attention to the shape. For best results, use a quartz point that is cylindrical, thin and lightweight. With a flatter, wider crystal, you must wrap the wire across the entire crystal instead of focusing on the top portion.

Use 18-gauge wire for jewelry wrapping.
Use 18-gauge wire for jewelry wrapping. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Cut a strand of wire measuring about 10 inches long.

Trim the wire with the cutter portion.
Trim the wire with the cutter portion. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Crystal Point)

Glue one end of the wire to the top of the quartz crystal point. Let it dry completely.

Let the glue dry completely before you proceed.
Let the glue dry completely before you proceed. (Image: How to WIre Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Bend the wire carefully around the crystal. Use one hand to hold the wire in place and the other to bend it.

Once the glue dries, bend the wire.
Once the glue dries, bend the wire. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Wrap the wire tightly around the crystal 3 to 4 times.

Make sure each wrap-around is tight and secure.
Make sure each wrap-around is tight and secure. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Bend the wire up and over the crystal, leaving a 1/4-inch space for a pendant loop.

The remaining wire should be parallel to the crystal.
The remaining wire should be parallel to the crystal. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Bend the wire vertically. Line it up with the wire that has been wrapped around the top.

Bend the wire upwards to continue wrapping.
Bend the wire upwards to continue wrapping. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Tightly wrap the wire around the top 3 to 4 more times. Wrap the remainder of the wire around the entire length of the crystal.

Push the end of the wire down to prevent it from sticking out.
Push the end of the wire down to prevent it from sticking out. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Open a jump ring by bending the ends away from each other.

Use the round-nosed ends of the pliers to open the jump ring.
Use the round-nosed ends of the pliers to open the jump ring. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Attach the jewelry clasp to one end of the chain with the jump ring. Close the jump ring to secure.

To close the jump ring, bend the ends of the wire towards each other.
To close the jump ring, bend the ends of the wire towards each other. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Attach the jewelry tag to the other end of the chain with a second jump ring.

If you don't have a jewelry tag, use a large jump ring.
If you don't have a jewelry tag, use a large jump ring. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Quartz Crystal Point)

Add the pendant to the chain to complete your necklace.

Insert the chain through the wire loop.
Insert the chain through the wire loop. (Image: How to Wire Wrap a Crystal Point)
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