Friday, January 18, 2008
Tutorial- Wrapping An Undrilled Stone
This is Part 2 in this tutorial. In the last tutorial I demonstrated how to wire wrap a bead link which is the alternating beads in the bracelet that you will soon be able to make.
Tools needed to wrap this stone are the same tools as in part 1.
Round nose pliers
Duck bill pliers
Side cutter pliers
A piece of sea glass or any other stone bead.
20 inches of 20 gauges wire (I used green artistic brand copper colored wire)
Practice with inexpensive wire until you are able to wrap the stone.
In step 1
You will need to make a loop about 1" from the end and wrap your loop about 4 wraps are fine.
In step 2
You will need to measure the length of your stone and mark your wire at the point.
Shown in the above photo is where I made my mark on my wire for my loop.
Make another loop allowing enough room for your wraps and also the additional wraps that you will be making around your focal bead.
Your bead should now look like the one in the photo above with both of the wrapped loops. Notice the allowed space for the additional wraps I will be making.
In the next step you will wrap the wire back to the other loop. Make 1 wrap under the wraps that is already there.
The next steps are to continue wrapping the wire back and forth each time making 1 loop around your wire, by letting the wire and the shape of glass dictate how you would like the wrap to look.
I am happy with the amount of wraps over the glass. Next step is to trim your wire and flatten smoothly against your wrapped loop. Make sure that both of your loops are round and that they both are at the same angle. Notice in the photo below at my wrapped loops.
Shown below is the other side of the piece of glass.