Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tutorial: Squiggle Wire Wrapped Beach Stones
Yes, another beach stone jewelry tutorial. I just have so many lying around now that I am finding more and more creative ways to put them to good use! Although honestly, I like this design the best of all of them so far.
Here's what you will need for one stone link:
20 gauge wire, your choice color
Clear nail polish
Round nose pliers
This is for just one stone link. If you want to make a necklace out of them like I did you will also need chain nose pliers, chain, a clasp (unless you make it really long), more stones of gradually smaller sizes, and you will need to make some figure eight links.
Here's how to make one link. First, coat the stone with clear nail polish and let dry.
Then cut a long length of wire, maybe about a foot long (that's about 30ish cm). Starting in the middle of the wire do this:
Place your squiggle at the center of your stone. You want to leave a bit of space on both ends of your stone, so make sure the squiggle is not so long that it covers the entire length of the stone. I was able to fit four little loops on my largest stone, but only three on the smaller ones.
Wrap the remaining wire around the ends of the stone like such:
Trim down the wire a bit one the ends, but leave enough for a loop. Then use your round nose pliers to make a nice round loop on either side.
Here is my necklace: