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« on: December 01, 2008 01:33:30 PM »

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The following is an excerpt from the new craft book...

Wrapped in Gems: 40 Elegant Designs for Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry
by Mai Sato-Flores and Jesse Flores

About this book

Few people would argue against the beauty and appeal of gemstone jewelry, but some jewelry makers find themselves intimidated by the thought of working with these precious stones. With Wrapped in Gems, even inexperienced jewelry makers can learn to fashion their own beautiful gemstone creations using Mai Sato-Floress preferred techniques of wire wrapping and working with chain. This method allows gems to hang so that light can shine through and show off their natural beauty.

For the jewelry maker, inspiration can be found anywhere, but the exquisite beauty of nature is a favorite source. Take a moment to study the leaves of a tree or plantthe contours of a leaf suggest a shape for a pendant, the perfect combination of colors in the leaves and flowers hint at a color palette of precious gemstones to mimic it. The branches and twigs, the patterns of leaf growth, even the shape of the tree or plant itself can inspire ideas for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Wrapped in Gems shows you how to interpret all that you see in nature to create jewelry with wire, chains, and beautiful gemstones.

New York Citybased jewelry designer Mai Sato-Flores is inspired by nature wherever she goesbe it the supermarket, Central Park, or right outside her door. In Wrapped in Gems, she shares the secrets of her work and the natural elements that inspire it. After demonstrating how gemstones and wire can be used to recreate the patterns and designs of nature, Mai provides instructions for 40 elegant pieces of gemstone jewelry from her own collections.

With a comprehensive guide to gemstones and detailed instructions on innovative wire wrapping, chain, and other jewelry-making techniquesas well as an informative resource guide to buying gemstonesWrapped in Gems is a valuable addition to any jewelry makers bookshelf.


The symmetric design of these earrings resembles the shape of a scale, like that of the constellation known as Libra. Each time you cut a chain, you "lose" a link. But those cut links can be used to make more beautiful jewelry. This design uses the opened links from other projects in this book, such as the Butterfly Necklace on page 109, which uses two closed links of chain and requires that you cut two links.

LEVEL - Intermediate
LENGTH - 1 7/8" (4.8cm)

  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers

  • Two links of 20x14mm hammered 14k gold-filled cable chain
  • Two 14k gold-filled earwires
  • 3" (7.6cm) of 4x3mm 14k gold-filled flat cable chain
  • 10 1/2" (26.7cm) of 26-gauge 14k gold-filled wire (soft)
  • Six 7x5mm top-drilled, faceted teardrop London blue topaz gems
  • Two 4mm 14k gold-filled jump rings
Note: Natural gems often vary slightly in size. Select larger matching gems to hang on the center, and smaller matching gems for the outside of the earrings.


1. Cut two links of hammered 20x14mm cable chain, or use two of the links that you cut and saved from a previous project.

2. Use your round-nose pliers to hold the cable link at its center, then use the chain-nose pliers to grab an end of the wire (cable link) and pull it over the top jaw of the round-nose pliers to make the shape shown in the photo, left.

3. Use the tip of your round-nose pliers to grab the tip of the wire (cable link), curl it to make a loop and, then do the same with the other end of the wire.

4. Cut the 4x3mm cable chain to four pieces that are each 5/8" (1.6cm) in length. Be sure each piece has 5 links of chain.

5. Use your round-nose pliers to slightly open one of the end loops on the cable link wire, insert an end link of one of the 5/8" (1.6cm) five-link chains, close the loop, and do the same on the other end of the wire.

6. Open a jump ring, insert the last links of the two chains, then insert the loop of the earwire, and then close the jump ring.

7. Cut the 10 1/2" (26.7cm) of 26 gauge wire to six 1 3/4" (4.5cm) lengths, and make an Open Loop on each of the six 7x5mm London blue topaz gems.

8. Attach the open loop of one of the larger gems to the center loop of the earring, then attach two smaller matching gems to the outer loops of the earring.

9. Repeat steps 2 to 8 for the second earring.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2008 01:36:00 PM by the craftster admin (leah) » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2008 04:06:35 PM »

Very pretty and you're right, it is intimidating! Thanks for the tute!

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