Wrapping Small Gemstones

by Dale Armstrong

What would be the smallest size gem stone that I could use to wire wrap?

-Karen in Dallas, Georgia

The smallest size gemstone to set with wire will depend on personal skills. If one is proficient in creating wire settings, then anything from an 8x10mm and larger should not present a challenge. I usually teach on a larger stone so folks can actually see what they are doing, and give "homework" on a smaller stone. As with anything worth doing right, practice, practice, practice!

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong


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  • Category: Classic
  • Technique(s): Wrapping