Donut stones can be quite stunning, but they can be equally confusing as to how to wrap them in a complimentary way. I love this wrap because it alternates between an open stone area to a wrapped area and back and forth. I also love how it has space between the frame and the stone making feel like it is floating. It is not a wrap that hides to much of the stone and it has a modern character. So if you want to learn how to wrap a donut stone into a frame like an expert, let's get on with it!
This twisted wire wrap technique can be used on any object. It is best for first timers to use objects that have sharp corners and are not smooth. I show both smooth and rough objects so you can see how versatile this technique can be, but smooth objects are more difficult because they want to slip even more as you wrap. Also be aware that the thicker an object is the heavier it will become, so if you like a large pendant try to use ones that are wide, but not too thick.
Optional finishes for wire end
Optional Final step- tighten the wires
I am lucky enough to live on Cape Cod so of course I love to collect beach stones and shells. I can't wait to make them into pendants and it can be a challenge to wrap them without covering to much of their beauty. I also love my pendants to be reversible if possible so not to waste any of the stones character. Many of my students also wanted to learn a style of wrap that was not to complicated and so I created this style of wrap, which I adapted from other designs I had seen by other artist. You can use this style with flatter beads and other objects as well. So let's get started!
First we must figure out the frame wire length (16 gauge)
Do not fret if you decide you back is prettier than your front because the pendant is truly reversible!
So you love briolette beads, but you have no idea how to wrap them? Well It is super easy and you can make it look clean and professional in no time at all! I am here to show you how to do it so you can get all those gorgeous beads and stones without worrying how to use them. Let's get started!
Double loop bail
B. Tuck them underneath the other wires in the back, to hide the ends
C. Trim and make a tiny loop end on each wire and lay it on the bead front (show in photo)
Single Loop Bail
S Hook Connectors
Clasp Hook and Eye
*(Lay out all pieces in order to make it easier)
I am a self taught jewelry designer and artist. I studied fashion design and come from a very creative family.
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