How to Wire Wrap Stones & Make Pendant (with Video Tutorial)
With a little bit of imagination and creativity, one can turn something amazing out of the ordinary. So here we are, with 3 beautiful pendant tutorials made from random pebbles. Learn 3 easy techniques of wire wrapping stones without holes and make beautiful pendants/necklaces with them.
Who says you need fancy tools and materials to craft beautiful craft pieces. We are beyond excited to share our techniques of wire wrapping stones with you all. You can learn how to wire wrap stones without holes and make a pendant necklace using these in 3 different designs with the help of our tutorials.
We tried to come up with beautiful, simple, and easy patterns so that you don’t have much difficulty crafting them, even if you are a beginner. This craft is unique because to collect the main material you do not need to go to a store, but you will need to go outdoors to collect small stones and pebbles. Once you have collected the stones, all you need is some wire and pliers to get started and you can learn to make wire wrapped jewelry pieces in no time.
The cost for this project would be $0 if you already have 18 gauge craft wire and craft pliers at home. But a bundle of 18 gauge craft wire is around $8 but the pendants do not require the use of the entire bundle. On the other hand, a set of craft pliers costs around $11 but you can use them for many other future projects. So, if we’re calculating the costs, the investment is definitely worth it.
Things You Will Need
- Stones (best to use pebbles)
- Jewelry wire (easy to bend, 20 gauge)
We collected random stones and pebbles from outdoors but you can use any kind of stone-like object for this craft. For example, you can use these beautiful gemstones from Amazon as well.
- Jewelry pliers (cutting, looping, and flat nose)
Instructions: How To Wire Wrap Stone Without Holes
Wire Wrapping Stones: Technique 1
Hold the wire from its open end and create a small loop using the looping pliers. Keep the loop intact and then coil the open end of the wire below the loop, around the wire band. Coiling the wire 2 times will do. For this craft, we are using a flat oval-shaped pebble. Now firmly hold the pebble with the looped wire, keeping the loop outside the pebble’s length. Hold the wire firmly along the middle of the pebble.
Bend the wire to 90 degrees halfway through the pebble’s length. Wrap the bent part all around the pebbles’ width and bring the wire back to the looped wire part. Now, we will wrap the wire around the pebble upwards. Start the wire wrapping from below the 90-degree bent part but keep adjacent to the bent part, not too far away.
When wrapping the wire, keep the wraps even and adjacent, we don’t want too much gaps between the wraps. Wrap the wire towards the top and closer to the loop. Once it reaches the loop, coil the wire tightly below the loop. Coil 2 to 3 times below the loop and then cut off the extra wire. Use the flat nose pliers to flatten the coiled part below the loop to secure it nicely.
Wire Wrapping Stones: Technique 2
For this craft, we selected a very randomly shaped pebble. We would suggest you select a stone or pebble that is wider on the middle part and narrow on both ends, it’ll make the craft easier. Now, take the wire and create a small and tight twirl pattern on the open end of the wire. The twirl shouldn’t be too big, just 3 or 4 circles of wire will do perfectly. Place the wire twirl pattern on the flat side of the pebble, right along the middle wider part.
Hold the twirl pattern tightly with the pebble, keeping it slightly below the wide part, and then wrap the wire around the pebble towards the opposite side of the twirl. Keep wrapping the wire until reaching the open end of the pebble.
Once the wire wrapping reaches the open end of the pebble you can keep 3 or 4 cm extra wire and then cut off extra wire using cutting pliers. Use the extra 3 or 4 cm wire to create a small loop and then coil the remaining open end of the wire below the loop. You can use a hammer to carefully flatten the twirl and wrapped the wire with the stone, but this step is optional.
Wire Wrapping Stones: Technique 3
We’re using a very basic ovular stone for this craft. Create a loop and coil wire below the loop 2 to 3 times like we did for the first pendant. Hold the looped wire with the stone, keeping the loop outside the stone. Measure the full length of the stone and mark it on the looped wire, leaving the loop.
Bend the wire to 90 degrees on the marked point. Now place the stone between the bent part and the loop and hold them together firmly Start to wrap the wire around the stone and wrap towards the top side of the stone.
For this craft we kept nice and even gaps between each wrap, didn’t want to wrap adjacently. When you reach the top end of the stone and near the loop, you will need to coil the wire around the wire band below the loop. Coil the wire tightly 2 to 3 times and then cut off the extra wire.
Making The Wire Wrapped Stone Pendant
If you are done with the wire wrapping stones, you now have a beautiful stone locket that you can use to make the pendant. Add jewelry chains of your liking and complete making the pendant.
Watch Video Tutorial: How to Make Wire Wrapped Stone Pendant
We also have a video tutorial on how to make wire-wrapped stone pendants without drilling. It’s just a three-and-a-half-minute video, check it out in case you have a hard time understanding a step.
Tips for Beginners
If you’re a beginner in wire wrapping here are some tips to follow while you learn how to make stud earrings with wire and beads.
- For wire wrapping projects use wires that are easy to bend but for this project, they should also be sturdy.
- For this particular project, do not cut wire until you’re done wrapping the bead.
- To craft stud earrings use beads ranging from 0.5 cm to 1.5 cm but not larger than that.
- You might need to go for several attempts before crafting the perfect pair so don’t be disappointed about that.
- Always keep practicing, the more you practice the better your skills will get.
FAQ’s on Wire Wrapping
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What pliers do I need for wire-wrapping?
Can I use crystals or rocks instead of gemstones?
Hope you liked this tutorial on wire wrapping stones and learned how to wire wrap undrilled stones. We have another tutorial on wire wrap beading, we followed the herringbone wire-wrapping technique to make that beaded pendant. Some of our other wire jewelry-making tutorials you may like:
- How to make wire wrapped bead pendant
- How to Make Beaded Wire Ring
- Wire wrapped Bead Eartops
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Loved it! So much fun making it and wearing it!
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