This wire wrap project is appropriate for a coin that is the size of a quarter (1"across) or a cabochon that is fairly flat and also about 1" across.
I got some of my information and the inspiration to create these directions from another artists sight. https://www.scribd.com/beadinggem Please visit this sight to get even more information on measurements for other sized coins. Or visit http://www.scribd.com/doc/91672366/How-to-Wire-Wrap-a-Coin-Pendant-Tutorial#scribd for their full instructions.
*If making something a different size you will need to change your wire length, possibly add the number of wires for bezel width (for the depth of the stone), and also use the correct size dowel for creating the frame for your bezel.
Making the Bezel
7. With half round wire wrap the three center marked areas on the square bundle wire four times each (cut ends should all be on one side and away from edges, this will be the inside/wrong side.)
9. Now wrap wire bundle around the 1” dowel starting at the center wrap with the inside/wrong side facing the dowel.
10. Place coin or stone into center of bezel and check that the wires cross at the top where the remaining marks are, if they do not, adjust them so that they do.
11. Once you get the marks correct make 90 degree angles outward from the frame on the marks (these will be the bail wires)
Setting the coin/stone
11. Using half round wire, begin to wire wrap the wire tails tightly at the base of the bezel, wrap five times around front. you may trim it if you wish or leave it attached.
12. Remove painter's tape from tails
14. Place coin or stone into bezel and hold in place with painter's tape.
15. At each bezel wrap on the frame and at the center of each side of the bail wires create small bends in the outer wire only to hold coin. Start at the bottom of the coin and go up towards the top. Do on both sides of coin. Start with top and remove painter’s tape as needed to reach bottom area. Do this carefully so not to scratch coin. Remove or adjust painter's tape when as you go.
Making the Bail
Option one (with 1/2 round trimmed)
15. Move back three to four wires closest to the front forward and gently away from the bail
16. At the bezel base place the ¼” dowel and wrap the four to five front square wires in a U shape towards the back.
17. Then wrap them under and around the bail. Trim and flatten.
18. Take remaining wires and create a swirl in towards the front, Trim and curl the ends.
Option two (with 1/2 round un-trimmed)
16. Wrap the four to five bail wires front to back around the 1/4" dowel.Use flat nose to bring them in close.
17. Wrap the bail with ½ round wire tightly, trim 1/2 round wire and re-tighten with flat nose pliers
18. Spread out the bail loops to look nice
19. Cut the back tails(4) to 3/4" , file smooth
20. Make tiny loops on small tails at the back of the coin and lay them flat against the coin
21. Finish remaining tails by filing them and curling them into soft coils or creating large loopy swirls towards the front.
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