Wire Wrapping a Stone – Netting
My last post about how to wire wrap a stone using a spiral cage proved to be super popular, so I’m back with another technique! This method creates a netted effect and is really great for crystal points, but also works well on smooth, tumbled stones and sea glass.
This is slightly more complex technique, that creates a netted effect that looks like a fisherman’s net or chain link fence. It is made by twisting alternate pairs of wires together around the stone to create a net or basket that holds the stone.
You will need:
-0.6mm/22ga jewellery wire
– A stone or crystal (mine is a 35mm x 15mm crystal point)
-Chain nose pliers
-Round nose pliers
-Washi tape / low tack tape
How to Make:
1. Tear off a couple of pieces of washi tape ready for step 3, then cut two lengths of your jewellery wire, each about 40cm long. Hold the middle of the two wires in a X shape.
2.Twist the two wires together about 3 times. The wires will want to un-twist, so help prevent this, bend the wires out slightly and keep hold of them.
3.Use the washi tape to stick the twisted section onto your crystal, near the point (or whichever bit of your stone is narrowest).
4.Bring the two ends of wire that are at the point or base of you crystal around the point itself to the other side of the crystal. Even with the washi tape, try to use your thumb to keep that first twist in place as it will want to move!
5.Twist the two wires together on the opposite side of the crystal. Don’t worry about the washi tape still being there, we will still be able to remove it after all the wire work is done.
6.Take one wire from the 1st twist and one from the 2nd and bring them together on the side of the crystal and twist them together. If this sounds a bit confusing, think of the twists as being on points of a compass; If the 1st twist was north, the 2nd south, this is either west or east on our compass!
7.Twist the other two wires together on the opposite side of the crystal
8.Continue twisting pairs of wire together in opposite pairs until you reach the top of the crystal.
9.Take one of the wire and bend it so it sits flat accross the top of the crystal.
10.Bend the wire up halfway across. Use chain nose pliers to get a nice sharp bend.
11.Create a wire wrapped loop and cut off the excess. You might find it helps to push the other three wires down out of the way!
12.Take one of the wires from the opposite side and making sure it is snug against the crystal, wrap that around too.
13.Repeat with the other two wire, trimming off any excess and using your chain nose pliers to gently squash down any remaining wire. You can now safely remove the washi tape!
14.You can now put a chain or cord through the loop or use a jump ring to attach to a keyring.
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