Introduction: Wire Wrapped Stone Pendants

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I really love gemstones, so what better to do than make a pendant with them! By wire wrapping the stone, you can personalise the pendant, yet still see all the beauty the stone has to offer.

I was a bit insecure about writing this instructable, since there are a lot of great wire wrapping tutorials on here, new ones are even being published while I'm typing this. But, I just figured everyone wraps a stone differently :) I hope you like it!

Step 1: Materials

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To make a pendant like this, you will need:

- a stone / probably the most common location I see these is on markets, but you can also find them online (e.g. here)

- wire, for a stone of about 2 cm high I used 25 cm of wire

- pliers

Step 2: Start With a Swirl

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Take the piece of wire and hold it with the top of the round nose pliers. Turn it around to make a loop. Holding it with flat nose pliers, you can now continue your swirl, until it has reached the size you want it to be.

Step 3: Getting the Stone In

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Take your stone and hold it as shown in the second image. Place the swirl you just made against it with the remaining wire pointing down.

Step 4: Wrapping the Bottom

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Place your thumb against the swirl, so it can't move. Wrap the wire around the bottom to create a kind of bed for the stone. Stop wrapping after about two or three rounds.

Step 5: The Top Needs Wire As Well

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To bring the wire to the top of the stone, bend it up on the back of the stone. Start wrapping the top by just bending the wire to the side on the right height and wrapping it around again. Here you can also wrap about three times. I adjusted the position of the swirl here as well, I thought it was just a bit too low.

Step 6: A Loop to Finish It

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To make sure you can put this charm on a necklace, bend the wire straight up and make a loop using your round nose pliers. I prefer to make double loops, this will also prevent the charm from falling off your necklace.

Step 7: Done!

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That's it, you're done! I hope you liked it, and maybe will try it yourself :)


Eak000 made it! (author)2017-08-25

My daughter wanted to turn some crystals into necklaces for her friends. This ible was awesome! Now she has gorgeous necklaces for them!

emilyvanleemput (author)Eak0002017-08-31

Looks great! The crystals work really well for the design!

StefanieR16 made it! (author)2017-07-15

I did it a bit differently because of the shape of my crystal, but I think it turned out pretty good! Thanks. :)

Nice! Really glad you tried it : )

Christine Buchar (author)2017-07-12

what is the wire thickness recommended?

Thank you

For a project like this I mostly use 0,8 mm wire, gauge 20

ChristinaS101 made it! (author)2016-08-02

Cute and simple...I suggest some crimping in back for extra strength...and leaving extra wire to wrap around loop.thx!

Looks great!

Nyattack made it! (author)2016-06-10

Not going to lie, this was really difficult to make, mainly because the wire I used was quite thick and not that malleable (it's aluminium wire), and I had no tools except for a pair of tweezers... But I'm very happy with the result and thankful for this tutorial; I wouldn't have had the inspiration to make it that way otherwise, so thanks a lot!

emilyvanleemput (author)Nyattack2016-06-22

Love it! It turned out great : )

CarrieK14 made it! (author)2016-03-30

Thanks so much this was my first try but with your technique ill have it mastered soon thanks for making it so easy

NatashaB24 made it! (author)2016-03-04

a few trail and errors and ended up really liking this one! thanks for the tutorial! xo

Love the result, it turned out beautiful!

Debbie Canavan (author)2015-12-14

Hi! Thanks for posting this. :) I was wondering, though, is this round, half round or square wire? Thanks for your help! :)

Glad you like it! It's round wire

Joshlyng (author)2016-01-01

wow you made that look easy!! Fingers crossed and giving this a go myself ?

emilyvanleemput (author)Joshlyng2016-01-03

You should definitely try it! I'd love to see how it turns out : )

CodyP7 (author)2015-10-30

Thanks! You made it so simple and practical!

emilyvanleemput (author)CodyP72015-11-19

Very welcome!

Firstdalek (author)2015-10-25

This instructable inspired me to make this, it's a hematite ring that didn't fit me, with a piece of amethyst in the middle. It looks a little messy, but all I had was picture hanging wire, and my hands, no tools. I had to separate the strands of wire by hand too, but all in all it only took me a couple hours.

I'm glad you tried it!

DudleyD1 made it! (author)2015-10-08

Been wanting to try this. Love how it turned out. My big concern is what if it snags? The wire would pull loose, right? Is there anything to do so it wont?

emilyvanleemput (author)DudleyD12015-10-21

Glad you made it! I personally haven't had any problem with the wiring pulling loose or whatsoever, you could try wire weaving between the swirls maybe?

Margotgracie (author)2015-10-20

What kind of wire?

Silver plated copper wire, gauge 20

ShardaB made it! (author)2015-10-04

This was my first attempt at ever doing a wire wrapped pendant, and it turned out beautiful! Your instructions were very simple to follow, and the result is pictured below. :)

emilyvanleemput (author)ShardaB2015-10-04

Glad you liked it! It turned out beautiful indeed ; )

ShardaB (author)2015-10-04

Also, thank you very much for posting this!

Theredhead77 made it! (author)2015-09-27

Wow! This was so simple, thanks to your easy Instructable! This is my first attempt, & I'm looking forward to doing many more! I want to try my hand at using sea glass-a lovely medium for this design in particular, I think! Thank you so much for making it easy!

Really glad you liked an tried it, it turned out great!

c001quip (author)2015-09-17

this thing is a total b*ch to make with pliers, if you're gonna skip the loop(which i did to make it easier) i'd make sure to skip one or two centimeters and continue with your hands

emilyvanleemput (author)c001quip2015-09-17

Just wondering, did you actually read the entire instructable? If you do, you'll see that the wrapping itself is done by hand, the only parts that were created using pliers are the swirl to start with and the loop at the end.

Sunglowart (author)2015-08-17

Thanks once again! Final product of my patience and your instructions

It turned out great!

Sunglowart (author)2015-08-04

This is an exceptionally motivating tutorial.

I have bought my first wire set to do the same...I hope i can do it as beautifully as you did and if i do succeed i will post it up here.

Sunglowart (author)Sunglowart2015-08-04

my stones are not smooth edged , rather ragged , will it be easier to buy stones that are oval or uniform?

I'm glad you want to try this! Since the wire wraps around the stone, it automatically works with the shape and edges the stone has, so I don't think not having smooth edged stones will be a problem.

Arifaith (author)2015-07-30

What type of wire do you use? Like the brand and gauge

emilyvanleemput (author)Arifaith2015-07-30

This is made using gauge 20 silver plated copper wire. I believe beadalon sells it, but quite expensive ( it's great wire though). An ebay search of (german style) silver plated wire will give you quite a few results, especially helpfull when you're just getting started and dont want to waste expensive wire.

SusieK1 (author)2015-04-14

Hi! Where do you get your stones?!

liam.fishman (author)2015-02-26

Hi, i really want to try this it looks like one of the better wire tutorials on here! I was wondering though where do you get your wire from?

Thank you! I'm not sure where the wire I used here is from (I won it in the jewelry contest a few years ago) but I've reordered comparable wire from I think it was Ebay. Just search for silver plated copper wire.

designdiva925 (author)2015-02-16

Hi, what gauge wire did you use?

I used gauge 20

Callie8955 (author)2015-02-16

Do you think that this would work with shells?

Definitely! You should give it a shot :)

NathanielA (author)2015-01-21

Great idea, and I loved the design so much I made a gift for a special someone. Thanks!

Wow, they look absolutely amazing!!

AngelaJamene made it! (author)2014-06-19

I did as many as I could before I ran out of wire. Can't wait to get more! Here's the two very different ones. This tutorial has lead to a lot of creativity and plier using in our house! Thanks again!

That's great! I'm glad to see this 'ible was useful to you! :D !

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