Monday, June 18, 2012

All Wrapped Up

Hi All!
Sorry I've been MIA, just been busy at work and at home.
But I'm back and wanted to share my latest craft, a

Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant

I am a sucker for all things sparkly and intricate.
This pendant has all the things I love,
and it's easy to do,
and it's purple!

You don't necessarily need a cabochon, any oval shaped
jewel, stone, rock would work just fine.

Supplies needed:
22 Gauge Wire - I used Sterling Silver (found at Michael's Craft store)
Needle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Jump rings

So here is my pretty cab.  I actually made this guys with dichroic and purple glass.
oooooooh, shiny.

Measure out 10 inches of wire.
It will be a bit wild, as shown.

Find the middle of the wire and the middle of the cabochon.
Mark the middle and top and bottom third.

Bend the wire at the top third.

Wrap around the front of the cabochon
and then secure on the middle wire.

Repeat on the bottom end.

Once both ends are secure, cut the remaining wire lengths.
You can take your needle nose pliers and twist the middle wire to tighten.
The back should look like this.

And this is the front.

Now on to the embellishments.
Cut 2 wires, one 3 inches and one 2.5 inches in length,
smooth them out into a curve (I used a pen) and bend both ends.

Starting with the 2.5 inch length, 
attach one end to the back bottom loop and tighten (squeeze) with the pliers.
Attach the other end to the top and tighten

Next take the 3 inch length and repeat.
You will need to play with your placement to get it just right.

Here is mine from the back.
Just be sure to bend all the wire ends in and squeeze so they are nice, tight,
and don't scratch you.

Finally, attach the jump ring to the center point of your pendant.
And you are all set! 
Here is a close up.

I attached mine to a wire necklace I already had.
Here I am modeling my new pendant.

Hope you like it as much as I do!
I really like the asymmetrical look and 
how the silver plays off the colors in the cabochon.

I find that wire wrapping is a log of trial and error.  
Believe me, I have kinked up plenty of wire trying to get the right look.
Just take your time and have fun.
You'll be glad you tried it.


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  1. Very, very cute! I wish I could get used to wearing jewelry.. it all looks so pretty..Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


  2. Wow, great job. I haven't tried jewelry making yet, but it has always intrigued me. I love walking through the aisles at Joanns and Michaels just to look at all of the shiny things.

    Stopping by from the All Star Block Party.

  3. Cool! I got some wire I can't wait to play with now!

  4. This is such a pretty pendant! I just got into making jewelry, so this is great inspiration for me!

    I just found your blog on The Taylor House. Glad I did- great blog!

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  5. I love the look of the wire wrap! And I love the look of the stone. Great job and clever way to attach the wire. Thank you for sharing this beautiful project at Freedom Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Very pretty and the color of the stone mesmerizes you!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. You make this easy for a beginner & love the "stone" you used. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  8. This is beautiful. You have done a great job. Thank you for linking up with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.

  9. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party! You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
    ~Macy @ Crafty Confessions

  10. This is so beautiful! I can't believe you made it! Thanks so much for sharing this project at Naptime Delights! I hope to see you again tomorrow!



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