Daily Wire Tip May 27: Wire Wrapped Cameo

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 27, 2010


I would like to make a cameo wrapped in wire. Can you give some instruction on how its done?


Cameos can be carved from many types of materials such as shell, turquoise, coral, etc. A very simple pendant frame, to protect the edges and show off the cameo, can be made by using the same methods that you would use to wrap a cabochon. A lot of cameos can be rather thin and care needs to be taken when framing one. Make the frame bundle as usual, but do the shaping around an item of the same shape and size (like a cabochon) as well as the main bends for the bail. Then tape the top/bail sections together and begin the top wrap. Now, make the necessary pulls on the front of the frame that will hold the cameo in, working ‘off the stone’. Insert the cameo and then make the necessary pulls on the backside. Finish the bail and embellish as desired.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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One Comment

  1. avatar

    Linda Overman

    May 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Thanks Dale, I have never done a cameo with this method as didn’t
    think about pulling the wires in the front first and was afraid I’d
    scratch the cameo.