Wire wrapping opens up a world of possibilities for your jewelry designs. I am self taught so you will have to bear with me, and I am not into the fancy stuff. This is just the basics.
So get your stuff and lets wrap a cab together!
You will need
- Round nose pliers
- Small sharp wire cutters
- Pointed pliers.
- 22 g or 20 g wire (you might want to practice with artistic wire first, less pain on the pocket if you mess up).
- The most important thing you need is some beautiful grooved glass cabs.
Now that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies, you can begin.
Cut a length of wire 16 to 18 cm long (depending on the cab size). You might want to go longer at first, but this is generally what I start with. Straighten the wire out.
Take your grooved cab and push the wire into the groove on one side, then bend it around the bottom of the cab and fit it into the groove on the other side.
While holding the wire securely in the groove on both sides, bring the two ends together at the top of the cab. As you come to the center point, cross the two ends over each other, and begin twisting them together.
Be careful at this stage not to over twist, especially when using sterling, as it can snap the wire. I usually do not twist it more than two times. Never use the pliers to tighten your twist, because you will mar and weaken the wire.
Clip the shorter end of the two pieces of wire. With the fat end of your round nose pliers, grip the base of the twist, and wrap a loop around the pliers.
Now you should have a wire wrapped cab with a twist and loop, lets finish it off. With your round nose pliers still in the loop, take the excess wire and wrap it around under the loop, then around the twist.
Keep wrapping down until you reach the back of the cab. Cut the excess wire, and tuck the sharp edge under, toward the cab. If the loop looks a little wonky, just take the flat part of your pliers and gently squeeze the loop to make it straight.
You are finished! Whew! Now it’s a pendant!