How To: Wire-wrap side-drilled stone (double end) for jewelry

Wire-wrap side-drilled stone (double end) for jewelry

Jewelry takes patience to make. It's meticulous. It's dexterous. And there's a lot to know, like all the wire-wraps. This wire-wrap is the side-drilled double end wire-wrap. Though the name is long, it's process is the opposite, once you master it. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of this wire-wrap side-drilled stone (double end) technique.

When a gemstone or bead has been drilled twice, through both sides, and a connection on both sides to other beads, chains, or findings is desired, it's time to perform a Side Drill Double End Wire Wrap! Our example uses a 9x12mm Faceted Marquise Rose Cubic Zirconia and some 26 Gauge Sterling Silver Wire, but it doesn't really matter what you use as long as the bead has been drilled through both sides and the wire is thin enough to thread the bead. You will also need a set of round nose pliers and a set of wire cutters. If you don't have wire cutters, nail clippers are a surprisingly effective substitute.

Performing the Side Drill Double End Wire Wrap:

Thread the wire through the bead and fold back about a centimeter and a half. Then curl the excess wire tightly around the base of the connection until it's made it around twice completely. Trim off the excess with wire cutters. Now, curl a loop around the round nose of the pliers. Notice that depending on how big you'd like the loop to be, you can curl the loop around different sections of the pliers. Wrap wire once completely around the base of the loop, and trim the excess.

Now repeat the whole process on the other side, trying to replicate as closely as possible the size of the first loop you made. You can then use the pliers, and your fingers, to twist the wire so that both loops line up nicely. Finished!

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