Sometime last year, I posted some photos on my then (and again now) Current Craft: Wire Jewelry. I made these Rose-Shaped Wire Rings and those word pendants in script. I’ve owed you guys the tutorial for the wire-wrapped gem pendants, so finally, here it is!
Apart from the wire, you’ll need a wire cutter, pliers and your choice of gems. I really liked these teardrop style ones. I’ll be getting the turquoise ones to keep on hand.
Start out by cutting a strip of wire. I used a 12-inch piece of 18-gauge wire. I used the largest wire that could fit through the gem.
With your pliers, bend the tip of one end. This is the wire way of making a knot when using thread.
String the gem through the wire, from bottom to top.
Make a loop as close to the top as possible.
Then, start wrapping the wire around the gem. Keep it as tight as possible. Make sure to flatten the end of the wire, so it doesn’t snag on your clothing, or scratch your skin.
With a sturdy jump ring, attach the gem to a necklace to make for a cute gem pendant.
If your gems are lightweight, you can make a pair to wear as earrings! Just attach the loops to earring hooks.