Plump Stone Wrap
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
I find many plump or irregularly-shaped stones that would make lovely pendants if I could just figure out how to wrap them. Usually, these little jewels call my name at a gem and mineral show where vendors are eager to display their unusual finds and carry few cabochons.
Instructions
There are certainly many different ways to approach this conundrum, but one of the easiest for me is the traditional cab wrap in which I use multiple wires.
The photo shows how this stone resembles a cab in the front but is very plump in the back. I added extra wires, beyond the traditional three, in order to accommodate this problem. You can see that I started with 6 wires and a regular binding to hold them in place at the bottom of the piece. Most of the extra wires "elbow" toward the back of the stone with two of these actually twisting together and going straight up the back. I made sure this stone wasn't going to escape.
Since I started with 7 wires, there were 14 ends to deal with at the top of the piece. I wrapped the top with one-gauge heavier wire and tucked many of the 14 ends under this wrap.

I often use this multi-wire wrap and hope you too will find it useful.
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Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Plump Stone Wrap - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, plump wrap
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Plump Stone Wrap - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, plump wrap

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.69
  • Gold Club Price: $0.52
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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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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • 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 Angled Flush Cutter, 5-1/4 Inches
PLR-489.00
  • PLR-489.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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Lesson 3 - Lock That Rock
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  • jumpstartb_3
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping