Natalie Patten's Wire Wrap a Chandelier Crystal, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. This tutorial shows you step by step how to wrap a top drilled crystal point into a beautiful and elegant pendant.
Wire Wrap a Chandelier Crystal
by Natalie Patten
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping, Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
This tutorial shows you step by step how to wrap a top drilled crystal point into a beautiful and elegant pendant. The crystal used here is 37mm in length and 12mm at widest point (amend weave repetitions to fit dimensions of your crystal point, this design can also be adapted to points without top drilled holes)

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 35.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $12.27
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26 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-26H
  • Lesson Quantity: 26.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.94
  • Gold Club Price: $2.20
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut three lengths of 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire at 30cm each. Attach 0.4mm/26 gauge wire to one piece of the 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire, 10cm from the end, by wrapping three times.
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Step 2
Attach the second piece of 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire above, by wrapping three times with the 0.4mm/26 gauge weaving wire over both base wires.
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Step 3
Attach the third piece of 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire above, by wrapping three times with 0.4mm/26 gauge wire over all three wires.
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Step 4
Bring the 0.4mm/26 gauge wire from the bottom between the top and middle wire and wrap three times to wrap the bottom and middle base wire together.
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Step 5
Wrap the bottom wire three times.
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Step 6
Repeat this weaving pattern 5 times (or the amount needed to wrap around the length of the top of your point), remembering to push your wire together with your pliers to neaten the weave and cut off the tail end of the 0.4mm/26 gauge weaving wire from where it is attached at the start, leaving your weaving wire attached at the other end to continue.
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Step 7
If you are using a point that is top drilled, slip the bottom 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire (from the side where you started your weave and trimmed off your weaving wire) through the hole .
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Step 8
Start to bend this wire tightly around the point, until it is in line with the top wires again.
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Step 9
Wrap the woven wires around the top of the point in the opposite direction, fitting it securely, underneath the wire you have just brought through the hole and around the top of the point.
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Step 10
Curve the woven wires (with weaving wire still attached) slightly down the front of the point.
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Step 11
Separate the top 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire that has gone through the hole in the point, from the other two unwrapped wires and curve these down opposite the curve you have created with the woven wires, positioning them close against the point.
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Step 12
Join all of the base wires together by wrapping two times around the bottom two twice, bring the wire between these and wrap twice over the next two base wires above, repeat weaving up the wires until all wires across the front of the point are joined. Bring this two wrap weave back down to the first wire and wrap three times around this first base wire.
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Step 13
Complete one more repetition of the 3/3 weave that you started with, on the three 0.8mm/ 20 gauge wires to complete the weave pattern.
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Step 14
After you have wrapped the first base wire three times cut off the weaving wire and tuck in the end.
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Step 15
Curl the two un-woven wires in an upwards loop.
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Step 16
Bring the woven wires on the opposite side, all the way around the back of the point, curving up next to the wires you have just created a loop with and back underneath the top of the point, in the direction of where they came.
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Step 17
Bring all wires up together at the top of the point, to start forming a bail.
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Step 18
Cross them over each other, three on one side, three wires on the other side.
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Step 19
Taking the inner wires, twist these once over each other.
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Step 20
Create a twisted braid by bringing the two other wires on each side over and under in the direction of the middle twisted wires.
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Step 21
Repeat this four or five times, until you have created the length of the bail you would like.
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Step 22
Using bail step pliers, round nose pliers or a pencil, shape the twisted braid into a bail.
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Step 23
Wrap the ends of the wires from the plat around the neck of the bail to form it.
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Step 24
Trim off any excess wire and tuck inside the bail to secure in place.
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