Free Picture Tutorial - Part 2 - How to Wire Wrap a Designer Cabochon, Creating a One of a Kind Wire Pendant

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 Click each image to enlarge and get a close up. Enjoy!


Here, we're down to the last couple of wire lengths and while they can be simply finished off, it's more fun to use them for added design.








Sometimes, the work invested is 'on the back' but pays off by 'showing' along the sides or the front.  In this case, I use the back wires to add substance to the sides and back of the pendant.

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Taking time to manipulate wires into elegant curves will make a huge difference in your finished project.  

If the curves are not elegant and contain small, out of balanced 'kinks'... use round nose pliers and a very light touch to smooth out the curves and remove the kinks.








I invest time into the back, not only to make it as attractive as I can, but also to ensure that the cabochon is held tightly within the wire.

I take a lot of pride in the fact that I don't use glue or solder to hold the stones in place.  And I take huge pleasure in knowing that they won't ever just 'fall out' either. :))
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Free Picture Tutorial - Part 1 - How to Wire Wrap a Designer Cabochon, Creating a One of a Kind Wire Pendant

I've been emailed several times, being asked if I could create a tutorial on how to wire wrap an un-drilled cabochon.  It's a difficult request in that most designer cabochon are not of a uniform shape or size... making the giving of exact measurements a hard thing to do.

Then I realized... more important than giving exact measurements, is to perhaps, give the 'idea' and thought process behind wrapping an un-drilled stone.  So I invite you into my studio during the creation of this pendant... and I'll share 'what I was thinking' while I built it.  I'm still a learning student of this art myself... so there might be better ways, but this is one of 'my ways' ;)

When wire wrapping, using a stone or bead WITH a hole makes 'capturing' the stone or bead, fairly easy.  You put a wire through the hole somewhere in your design process and wrap around it in a beautiful way.  Wrapping a cut cabochon, with no holes, is another matter and requires a different thought process.

The un-drilled cabochon won't stay in place or secure within the wire, unless you're able to build a 'harness' around the stone, all the while, creating a beautiful design and functional bale, in the case of a pendant.

I've put together images hoping to show this process.  I don't always have a design in mind to begin with, other than the initial bale I intend to use.  Many times that alone, will drive the rest of the creation.  Many times, the shape of the stone and any color variations it might have, will also drive the over all design.

Due to their unique shapes, using grid paper helps to keep an eye on symmetry.  Even though many of my pendants are more 'free form' than not, there is still a balance to maintain... keeping the stone centered within the pendant for example.  Re-aligning your project to grid points will help a great deal, while you work.

I hope these 'tricks and tips' of mine, help you along your creative way!
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Click each image to enlarge and get a close up.  Enjoy!


For stones with odd shapes, use a string, wrapped around the stone, to help measure for wire length needed.  For this project, I used four, 20 gauge, sterling silver wires for the frame, cut to 13 inches each.






I used 30 gauge sterling for wrapping wire, in various lengths throughout.  Using grid paper helps to keep your stone centered during creation and aids with symmetry throughout the design/creation process.





The stone has to be 'captured' from all sides....

'Locking down' wires along the way, helps to keep the pendant harness tight around the stone and the design stable.  Needless to say, it's also a matter of added quality, to your finished piece.

While the back side gets a bit 'sacrificed' to secure wire ends, invest the time to keep it as neat and attractive as possible.  The back side wires should also be placed with purpose, to ensure that they secure the stone into place and prevent it from 'slipping out'.








Designs in front should be created with the same in mind... they serve a decorative purpose, but also to secure the stone into place.



Bringing wires from the back to the front and from the front to the back, in decorative and elegant ways, begins to build the layers of this 'harness', around the stone.  Using this type of 'harness', leaves a lot of room for free form creativity.






Wires can be terminated either in the back of the pendant or in the front.  Either way, try to secure the end in such a way that it won't catch or shift out of place.  Longer lengths might require some type of loop to lock them into place, such as I have done in the image below.  Short tight spirals that don't have a long wire length lay much neater against the stone and don't require so much thought about 'catching' and bending out of shape.

While sides might look like they are secure, always 'jiggle' your stone with reasonable pressure to test it.  It should not slip out due to being lovingly handled :)

Do this BEFORE you cut away any remaining lengths.  You might need to add additional 'design' to secure the stone.

In this case, I created a coil and brought it down the long side of the cabochon.... I'm locking it into place, using the two decorative wires from below.  



I create a decorative loop, add a bead and bring the wire back up the front side of the cabochon.

It's locked into place along the back, using an attractive spiral.




The stone can still slip out the top of the pendant... so I use the two remaining wires from above.





Come back for Part 2 and see how this beautiful pendant is finished...

In the meantime, I hope you'll consider to visit my store for some of my other wire projects!  

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While this project is a 'visual' about design... the tutorials within my store contain all the fine details, including material information, lengths and step by step instructions on how to create these weaving patterns. 




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Yep, there are no words, other than to say, I completely enjoyed creating this!  I found the most perfect Amethyst Druzy and Moldavite crystal which work beautifully together.  The double strand chain is made of black Obsidian round beads and handmade sterling silver links.  My customer had a gorgeous vision in these stones and I'm honored to have been able to design wire around them.  I hope you enjoy the images!  She was generous enough to let me share them :))  I'm in love with this piece and think it turned out beautifully.

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All the wire is oxidized sterling silver, in various gauges.  I also added round sterling silver balls into the pendant body. The chain is adjustable from 16 inches to 18 inches and has a detachable double strand.
The chain also comes completely detached from the pendant and can be worn separately or with another pendant.  After oxidation, the wires were polished and a patina sealer was added to preserve this gorgeous antique finish.




 

 





Doing Donuts, A New Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorial! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

Where have I been?  Enjoying my doughnuts with coffee of course!  ;)

I've been hard at work designing a new pendant tutorial for you.  I've decided to use a 'donut' stone since they can be found easily and have so much potential for jewelry making!  You can get it in my Etsy Jewelry Store... https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

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This is a Tiger's eye stone, 1 1/4 inches in diameter, drilled and I got them at my local Michael's craft store. You can also use an undrilled stone, either will work for this tutorial.


There are two files in this project.  The first, primary file, walks you through creating a pendant harness around the stone as well as creating the bale.  The 'end result' is what you see in the two images below.  The image on the left is the 'front' of the pendant, the one on the right, the 'back' of the pendant.  You will learn two different weaving patterns used to create this piece as well as a clever way of creating the bale neck which locks your wires around the stone.  The backside will always be clean and as lovely as the front.  All wire ends will terminate as a spiral design, so there won't be any 'unsightly' ends anywhere.  This will be the base design for many fun and creative variations.

 

And the second Variations file, will show you exactly that!  The file is designed to be 'progressive' and will walk you through adding decorative rounds beads, as well as additional decorative wires.  Adding decorative elements will create a more intricate and complex design... yet all the steps are EASY and you'll see that with some imagination, the different styles become limitless.


The first part of the Variations file will show you how to attach decorative round copper beads.  Certainly, you can also use stone beads, Swarovski crystals, glass beads and so on!

You can stop here or continue through the Variations file and add decorative wire.  There are two different Styles and detailed instructions are included for each.

You can click each image to enlarge for a close up.
 

A couple sample images from the tutorial...