How to Wire-Wrap Arrowheads

By Bailey Shoemaker Richards

Wire-wrapping an arrowhead, whether it's one you found or purchased, is a simple way to make a piece of jewelry that will be sure to get some attention. Making wire-wrapped jewelry is an easy project that can be completed in the space of a few minutes and requires no previous experience with crafting jewelry. Cut wire can be sharp, so it is important to wear gloves and supervise any children who may be wrapping arrowheads.

Use wire cutters to make a 10- to 15-inch length of wire. Alter this length to fit the size of your arrowhead and the amount of it you want covered by the wire; some arrowheads are much larger than others.

Fold the wire in half so that the two ends meet. Fold the wire in half again so that you have four strands with two loops at one end.

Use round-nose pliers to twist the wire at one end to create a wire loop large enough to pass a chain or leather cord through.

Place the loop behind the arrowhead at a central point; the loop should be slightly elevated so that you can put a chain or cord through it. If the arrowhead has tangs, protrusions on either side above the shaft, place the loop there.

Hold the arrowhead in one hand and wrap one section of wire around the front of the arrowhead and back around. Wrap the wire around the indention created by the tangs.

Repeat Step 5 with the other section of wire, wrapping the wire in the opposite direction across the front of the arrowhead and around to the back.

Cut off or twist any excess wire together and press it flat against the arrowhead. Use a file to smooth the edges of the wire so that it does not scratch the wearer.

Slide a piece of leather cord or a chain through the loop on the back of the arrowhead to complete the piece of jewelry.

About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.