Wire Jewelry Idea: Chained Fluorite Pendulum Free Pattern

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by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Idea for
December 7, 2011

Today’s Wire Jewelry Idea is a new free pattern! Here’s a unique way to cage a pointed crystal. Click here to view Dale “Cougar” Armstrong’s pattern, Chained Fluorite Pendulum.

Maybe you’ve mastered Lock That Rock, but the stone isn’t quite right for a rounded cage. Maybe you’ve learned how to Cage a Crystal, but the shape of the crystal doesn’t quite match the style. Hm, maybe if you used jump rings and some chain… what could happen…

Free Chained Fluorite Pendulum Pattern
Chained Fluorite Pendulum Free Pattern by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

Dale’s Chained Fluorite Pendulum Pattern is designed for an octahedron (eight-sided crystal), but you can apply this concept to nearly any kind of crystal!

Fluorite Crystal

Dale said, “This pattern shows the chained crystal being used as a pendulum, but it could also be worn as a pendant or hung in a sunny window. (I am going to hang mine on our Christmas tree.)”

Love fluorite? Then look forward to Friday, when Dale will cover Fluorite in-depth in our Gem Profile Friday!

And lastly, if you’ve found yourself in possession of a freeform cab, I suggest you look at our Gem Profile: Labradorite and scroll to the bottom to Albina Manning and Trackey McKenzie’s freeform pendants. Albina Manning will even be teaching a cabochon pendant technique in our upcoming Tucson classes!

Tip: Want to print the pattern? Select the whole text of the pattern (click and hold the mouse down at the beginning of the pattern, and drag it to the end of the pattern). Go to Edit > Copy. Open a word processor such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer, and go to Edit > Paste. Now you can save it on your computer, make changes, and print it!

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    December 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for this pattern. I was just looking at my new fluorite crystal wondering what to do. Then, in pops this interesting pattern. I think I have to try it!

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    Kristi Yetsko

    December 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I will be going to Tucson next February (my first time…I can’t wait!). I will definitely have to look for some similar crystals. Always looking to learn something new. Thanks, Dale.

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    Juliet Dobosz

    December 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Me too Gayle…..I was just wondering what to do with the one I received from the ‘Doorbuster’ sale. Now I know……neat idea!

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      December 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks ladies – wrapping a rock with wire is kinda “normal”, so I thought for a while about using chain – so glad you like it!

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    December 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Dale – thank so much for all of the tips you share with us. I am very new to wire wrapping, but I am have the time of my life. I have a question about the chart that in the ring series DVDs, the chart only go to a size 12 ring and my question is can I add 1/8” to the measurement for a size 15 ring?

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      December 8, 2011 at 12:57 am

      You are absolutely correct Earnestine. By looking at the size increments with relation to the inches required – you figured it out – congratulations!!

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    Cam Lamatrice

    December 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Dale, can a crystal like this be tumbled?

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      December 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Cam, I would hesitate to put any fluorite into a tumbler, as it cleaves really easily and it is such a soft stone that the points will grind off very easily.