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« on: April 04, 2008 05:13:22 PM »

So does any-one have any ideas how to make loose gemstones into jewelry?  Some-thing like this http://syamavallabha.deviantart.com/art/stone-druid-necklace-75371776?  How would I do that?
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 07:19:28 PM »

Oh, that's simple.

You make a shape from, in this case, copper.  Looks as if s/he made a loose WW shape.
Then, you wrap thinner wire about 3 or 4 times on the end of the shape.  Then, if the gemstone is a bead, you string on the gem, and wrap the wire around the shape again, 3 or 4 times.

If the stones are not beads, you have to hold the gemstone in place against the shape, and wrap it several times, so that there is no space large enough for the stone to escape.  After you have wrapped it, take a pair of needlenose pliers, and twist the wire on top of the stone (see the pic).  That tightens the wrap so that the wire holds the stones in place.  DO NOT CUT THE WIRE until you have wrapped all of the stones.

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008 10:45:34 AM »

Any other ideas to use as the backing that I could glue to stones to, and then wire wrap them?
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2008 11:35:56 PM »

those were wrapped by making a "cage" of 4 wires slightly larger than the stone, slipping the stone in, and then using a pair of flat-nose pliers to twist a section of each wire sideways to tighten it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2008 09:40:21 PM »

Oh, that's simple.

You make a shape from, in this case, copper.  Looks as if s/he made a loose WW shape.
Then, you wrap thinner wire about 3 or 4 times on the end of the shape.  Then, if the gemstone is a bead, you string on the gem, and wrap the wire around the shape again, 3 or 4 times.

If the stones are not beads, you have to hold the gemstone in place against the shape, and wrap it several times, so that there is no space large enough for the stone to escape.  After you have wrapped it, take a pair of needlenose pliers, and twist the wire on top of the stone (see the pic).  That tightens the wrap so that the wire holds the stones in place.  DO NOT CUT THE WIRE until you have wrapped all of the stones.

FJD

This was a great mini tutorial. Thanks!
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