I really enjoy using wire to make jewelry and I especially like wrapping cabochons. Cabochons are like beads or pendant stones but they don’t have any holes, they aren’t faceted and are usually domed on top and flat on the bottom. In order to incorporate them into your work you either glue them into a frame or wrap them with wire.In this post we are going to learn 3 different techniques for wrapping a cabochon with wire.
Skill level: Beginner
Time to complete: 2 – 3 hours
Cost: Under $10
What you will need:
4 rectangular cabochons around 1″ wide x .5″ high
3 – 4 yards 24 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
Flush cut nippers
5 – 4mm jump rings
1 Toggle clasp set
Note: I am using a colored wire of a thicker gauge to contrast with the cabochons so it will be easier for you to see what I’m doing.
- Cut two feet of wire into 4 pieces, each 6″ long. Straighten.
- Place 2 wires together and wind a wire 4 times around the two wires.
- Keep the coils close to each other and using your flush cut nippers cut the ends close to your work.
- Repeat with the other two wires.
- Above the coil bend both wires back at 90 degrees.
- Above this at about 1/8″ bend them up at 45 degrees.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 under the coil.
- Repeat with other set of wires.
- Place the coil of each set of wires along the long side of the cabochon.
- Cross the front wires right at the bottom of the cabochon.
- Twist all the way up the wires.
- Repeat with the back wires.
- Repeat with the wires on top.
- Bend the front wires back to make a loop.
- Wind the back wires 2 times around the base of the loop close to the cabochon.
- Using the flush cut nippers cut all the wires close to your work.
- Repeat steps 14-16 on the opposite end.
- Cut 2 5″ pieces of wire.
- At about 1″ bend the wire backwards to create a loop.
- Just under the loop, bend the wire to the right 45 degrees.
- Place cabochon front right corner in the crook that you created in step 3.
- Wind the wire around the middle of the back of the cabochone and forward around the front of the opposite corner.
- Take the other wire and wrap it 2 times around the loop at the top.
- Wrap the wire around the back of the top left corner, bring around the front and wind it back behind the opposite corner at the bottom.
- Create a loop at the bottom of the cabocon and wind the other wire around the loop 2 times.
- Using your flush cut nippers clip the wires close to your work.
- If the wire is loose on the stone, twist either of the loops to tighten them up.
- Cut one 1″ piece of wire and straighten.
- Place cabochon in center of wire.
- Make a small loop above the cabochon and twist 2 times. Repeat under cabochon.
- At each end coil a flat spiral of 3 or 4 turns.
- Wrap the wire over the top corner of the cabochon, continue around back and finish with the spiral around the front.
- Putting this bracelet together is very easy.
- Attach a jump ring on one end of a cabochon in one of the loops you made.
- Add the clasp to this jump ring and close jump ring.
- Add another jump ring to the other side of the cabochon and connect it to the next cabochon. Close jump ring.
- Continue adding jump rings to connect all of the cabochons you wrapped.
- When you get to the last cabochon add a jump ring at the end to connect to the clasp.