Step 1: Thread the wire through the top drill hole and leave an equal amount of wire on either side – about an inch to an inch & a half. Pinch the wire together at the top of the stone to create a little triangle with the wire, and so that it lays flat along the top of the stone.
Step 2: To create the loop, wrap both wires side-by-side around the round-nose pliers. I like to hold the pliers flat so I can make sure I make the loop tightly across the top, and so I can ensure the wires are side-by-side (not doubled up on each other).
Step 3: I use my flat pliers to pull the wire around and create the wrap. Start with one of the wires so that they are opposite each other. This will help to ensure you’re alternating the wrap evenly. Watch the wire wrap to make sure that they wrap tightly.
Step 4: Pull the opposite wire around and tuck it right up next to the other. Ensure the wire is side-by-side on the wrap so you create a flat, even wrap vs. clumping on top of one another. Again watching to make sure that it stacks right beneath the other wire and creates a smooth wrap. Continue this process for 3-4 more times (to the desired size and shape you want with your wrap). I usually use a second pair of flat nose pliers at this point. One pair to hold the loop steady (bent nose pliers will leave room to wrap without letting go), and a second for pulling the wire around. Some people actually just hold the stone as they wrap. Either is fine as long as you work tightly with the wire for an even wrap.
Note: Some people prefer to continue wrapping all the way down the stone to cover up the threading, so if that is the case then add a little extra length to the wire back in step 2. I will show a few examples at the end of various wrapping styles.
Step 5: Once you’ve finished wrapping, again keep the wires opposite each other and cut the ends. This way you can tuck each end up against the bottom of the wrap for a more level base.
Below I’ve included a few examples of various wraps using the same stone, but for different projects. The earrings (upper right) use the same wrapping technique shown in this tutorial. The wrap comes just down to the top of the stone.
Note the second pair of earrings (lower right) wrap down over the top of the stone and pull the wire back up across the wrap itself. This is a popular finish to a wrap. All you do is pull it up over the wrap and then just pull the wire around the first wire in the top of the wrap. Some people also like to create a little swirl and leave it at the bottom of the wrap. Get creative and try different styles.
The necklace is a wrap that covers the top of the stone, and pulls the wire up through another bead finishing yet a second wrap and loop to hang from the necklace. Once you’ve got the basics to wrapping you can try it so many different ways to create your own style.
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