- Dry erase marker
- Measuring tape
- Wire cutters
- Jeweler’s pliers
Finding a natural stone that is the perfect shape and size is a job that comes with a lot of work, so you don’t want to ruin the stone once you find the perfect one. Attaching hooks and drilling holes into the stone can mar or break it. Wire wrapping the stone holds it firmly in place without needing to drill holes into the stone. Wire wrapping is a project accomplished with the use of hand tools, so use wire you can easily bend.
Compare the color of your stone with the color of different wires. Choose the wire that accents the color of the stone best. For example, a purple stone would probably look better next to a silver wire as opposed to gold.
Lay the stone on a flat surface with the front of the stone (or the part you deem the front) facing up. Place a dot of ink with a dry erase marker on the top and the bottom of the stone.
Measure the distance from the bottom dot on the stone to the top of the stone around the left and right side of the stone. Cut two pieces of wire half an inch longer than the distance between the dots on the right side of the stone (label them “R”). Cut two additional pieces of wire half an inch longer than the distance between dots on the left side (label them “L”).
Place a dot on the left and right side of the stone at the center of the sides. Cut a length of wire a quarter inch longer than the distance between the left and right dot across the front of the stone (label this wire “F”). Cut an additional length of wire a quarter inch longer than the distance between the left and right dot along the back of the stone (label this wire “B”).
Center the “L” wires on the left side of the stone. Press the wires to the stone so there is a quarter of an inch of excess wire on the top and the bottom of the stone. Do the same for the “R” wires on the right side of the stone and the wires will retain the shape of the stone.
Wrap your “F” wire around the front of the stone and the “B” wire around the back. Center the wire with the stone so there is an excess of an eighth of an inch of wire on each side of the stone. Bend the ends of the “F” and “B” wires into small hooks (only use the excess quarter inch of wire to make the hooks).
Lay two of the “L” and “R” wires next to each other (“L” on the left, “R” on the right). Hook the “F” wire around the two. Lay the other two pieces of “L” and “R” wire side-by-side (“L” on the right, “R” on the left) and connect the “B” wire to the two wires.
Place the “F” wire over the front of the stone and the “B” wire on the back. Pull the four wire ends at the top and the bottom of the stone together and twist them shut with jeweler’s pliers. Give the wires three twists and no more or they may snap.
As your wire wrapping skills grow, you can start adding decorative touches to your work.
An oval stone is the easiest stone to work with when you start wire wrapping.