01 of 09
Wrapped Polished Stone Pendant
While I was searching for the 24g wire to make the tutorial to wire wrap an undrilled polished stone, I stumbled across a box of goodies that I received earlier in the year from Beadalon. Beadalon makes Artistic Wire and all sorts of wonderful tools and jewelry making supplies.
When I saw the Artistic Wire Wrappers, I knew that they may be an easy way to wrap a polished undrilled stone but... well, I was already committed to my plan of wrapping it with wire. But I was smart enough to keep the wrappers out where I could find them again so I could give it a try!Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Artistic Wire Wrappers Pendant Frames
The Artistic Wire Wrappers are metal frames that come in 9 different shapes and 3 metal finishes including silver, antique brass and hematite, which I would say closely resembles a gun metal finish.
What makes the wrappers unique is that they have scalloped edges on the outside edge of the frame that is the perfect groove for wire to fit into. It makes it easy to wrap wire on the shape without the wire slipping off the edge.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Selecting a Wrapper Frame and Stone Combination
I sorted through my stash of polished stones to find a pleasing combination of stone shape and frame shape. In addition to wrapping an undrilled stone, I can also see the wrapper frames being used to attach beads on the outside of the frame, to add wire with beads across the frame, in scrap booking or paper crafting, or many other ways.
There is a short video to get started using Artistic Wire Wrappers featuring Julianna Hudgins, a former Beadwork guide here at About.com. Of course, I didn't see it until after I tried it my own way - so the good news is that there are multiple ways to start and complete the wraps!Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Attach Wire to the Artistic Wire Wrapper Frame
I used 26g gold colored wire for this project, and I think it worked perfectly. I am sure this will also work with 22g and 24g wire too.. For caging a stone like I am doing in this project, it may overshadow the center stone.
I started my wrap with a 10 inch piece of wire. In addition, I used wire flush cutters and chain nose pliers for this project.
Attach the wire by wrapping it around one of the grooves on the edge of the frame.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Start Wrapping the Wire Around the Frame
Wrap the wire across the frame. There is no need to do a complete wrap around each groove, just place the wire in a groove and continue around the frame to another groove on the other side.
I started wrapping so I would have support for the stone. Then I slide in the stone, positioned it and continued wrapping.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Securing the Wire Tail
After wrapping through all of the grooves, you can wrap the wire around one of the grooves to secure the tail. This is the same method that I used to start the wire wrap.
I have to admit, wrapping the wire around the frame was somewhat addicting. It was so easy and fun to see how it was coming out, that I didn't even stop to take pictures along the way. Next thing I knew - it was done!Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Squeeze the Wire Tail Flat Against the Frame
After wrapping and trimming the wire tail, be sure to press it flat using pliers. You want to make sure the wire edge is not sharp and cannot poke skin or get caught on clothing. You can limit the possibility by trimming the wire end on the inside edge of the pendant frame.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Completed Polished Stone Pendant
A great freature of pendants like this is that the wire pattern is different on both sides.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Add a Jump Ring and Chain
Add a 5 mm silver colored jump ring to hang the pendant. Since the wire used to wrap the stone is gold tone, the pendant looks great on a gold tone chain too. It's always great when a design can work equally well on a silver or gold chain.
*The Artistic Wire Wrappers were provided to me free of charge by Beadalon. They did not require me to review the product and it did not influence my use of or happiness with the product. The project is my own.