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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 3, 2011


I am a beginner at wire wrapping and I would like to know how to wrap a gem or stone that does not have any drilled holes in it. I have some very small semi-precious gems that I would like make a cluster-style pendant and don’t want to drill any holes into the stones. Any suggestions for wrapping techniques, books, or DVDs?

-Julie in Colorado Springs, Colorado


What a cool idea, Julie! In my opinion, the best way to combine all of those tiny stones would be to use snapsets to set the stones and then to combine them into a wired design. For the technique to set the stones and one way to combine them, take a look at Lesson 6 in my online class series, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Pendant. Yes, you can purchase just one class at a time.

After learning this project I am sure you will be able to cluster all of the snapset stones together and then shape the wire base into about any shape you’d like, add a bail, and you’ll have an amazing piece!

Related: Daily Wire Tip Sept. 5: Begin Wire Wrapping with Large Cabochons

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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