Introduction: Basic Net Wire Wrap
This is a good rustic wrap for irregular stones, crystals, and sea glass. To dress it up a little you can use longer wires and add beads or charms as you close the bail at the end.
Step 1: Materials
-irregular or tumbled stone, crystal
-2 1/2’ 20 or 22 ga wire
-flat nose pliers
-round nose pliers
-mandrel or tubular object
Optional but useful:
-needle nose pliers
-nylon jaw pliers
Step 2: Start With a Twist
Hold two 15” wires and twist them together just short of the middle. Twist at least 3 times.
Separate the two wires past the twist. Hold the twisted wire against the stone and pull/bend the open wires so they lie on either side.
Step 3: Finishing the First Loop
Still holding the twist, bring the two bottom wires around until they cross. Twist them together and fold them up against the stone.
Step 4: Capture
Spread the wires at the top of each twist across the stone front and back-they’ll cross in the middle. (Like the twists are hugging the stone!)
Hold the twists in place, and keep pushing the stone down into the opening. (It’ll try to push the stone UP.) Twist the wires crossing in the front, then the ones that cross in the back.
Step 5: And Repeat!
Keep twisting alternating sides until you reach the top of the stone.
Step 6: Start the Bail
Once you reach the top twist the last pairings together until about 1” short of the wire’s end.
Twist the two twisted wires together once, then make a loop out of them by wrapping them around the mandrel.
Step 7: Wraping Up the Bail
Hold one of the twisted wires down and use the other to wrap around the wires gathered below the loop.
Tuck the end of the wrapping wire under the one sticking down and trim it.
Step 8: Adding Spirals
Now wrap that twisted wire around once. Makes spirals from the loose ends and tamp them against the base of the bail.
Step 9: Optional Twists
Grasp the middle of the wires between the twists with needle nose pliers and give them a quarter turn down.
It’s a good way to tighten the wires if they’re a little loose and further secure irregularly shaped stones.