Easy DIY wire wrapped pendant and how I learned this skill from a homeless man.
“No one is asking what happened to all the homeless. No one cares, because it’s easier to get on the subway and not be accosted.” -Richard Linklater
When I was in high school I worked on the weekends at a rock shop. About every month a homeless man would stop at our shop, my boss would give him several stones along with the wire and tools needed to wrap stones for us to sell. In return my boss payed the man for his labor. He didn’t speak much, he sat there and wrapped the stones, finished, received his pay and left.
Several months went by and the man did not return. The demand for wire wrapped pendants was there so I decided to give it a try. I had watched him many times as he performed the process. I was successful and to this day I am still creating wire wrapped jewelry! This is dedicated to that man, wherever he may be.
You need this:
- Wire (I used 24 gauge)
- Wire Cutter
- Round Nose Pliers (Or flat nose will work too)
Cut the wire:
The length to cut the wire depends on the size of the stone. Go with more length, you can always cut excess off.
Find the center:
Cross both ends of the wire in a “fish” like shape.
Twist at the “tail”. For now twist about 3 times, this will give you a base to begin your wrapping. Later on you can go back and twist as much space as you need to for your particular stone.
Wrap the wire around the stone:
This will vary for different shapes of stones, you’ll just need to use your imagination and wrap around supporting sides. These are sides on the stone in which the wire “frame” can hug and that way your stone will be nice and held in place.
Make sure to tug the wire and twist firmly.
Find the next supporting side for the wire, bring the wire to the center of the stone to create the pendant loop to hang from a necklace.
Remember that first base twist we made? Now go back and twist to the desired length around your stone.
Cross both ends around the pendant loop and twist.
Cut remaining uneven wire that could not be twisted.
Wrap around the pendant loop.
Take your round nose pliers and twist every untwisted wire around your stone, front and back. This step will shrink the wire space around your stone and secure it firmly within the wire frame.
Now it’s ready to hang on whatever you choose!