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Wrapped Agate Necklace

Wrapped Agate Necklace

Wrapped Agate Necklace

Designed by: Linda Jones

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Learn how to make this Wrapped Agate Necklace using using an Oval Agate Stone and Craft Wire.

This simple setting can be used on various shaped cabochons – these are highly polished rounded, or slightly convex topped semi-precious stones with flat (or only slightly domed) bases.  The beauty of framing in this way is that the front and back of the stone are left exposed to reflect the quality and marking on the surface.  Once you have mastered the basic technique, you can begin to experiment with more free styling on the wires, creating very unique, one-off treasures.

For this project you will  need masking tape, Round and chain nosed pliers and wire cutters.

Step 1

Begin by measuring the circumference of your stone using a piece of cord or string (or even a strip of paper). Add at least 2” (5cm) to this measurement and cut 3 wires to this length: 2 in 0.6mm and 1 in 0.8mm.

Also, cut 3 short lengths of 0.4mm (approximately 2”/5cm in length).

Step 2

Place the 0.6mm wires on each side of the 0.8mm straightened wire and using the 3 short 0.4mm wires, bind all three together at regular intervals, making sure that they sit parallel and don’t bunch up together.  (Also, try and keep the cut ends of the bindings on the same side.)

Step 3

Place a slither of masking tape over the central binding (with the cut ends on the inside) and stick this to the base of your oval stone. Push and shape the other wires around the stone on either side and slide the side bindings to a halfway point on each side. Tape the side bindings to the stone to secure in place.

Step 4

Continue shaping the wires around the sides of the top of the stone, pressing and moulding them with your fingers. Using the tips of your chain nosed pliers, bend one of the 0.8mm wires upright, so that it projects at the centre top of the stone.

Step 5

Take each of the other projecting wires and in turn, wrap them once around the extending wire at the top of the stone to secure.  Ensure that they are all facing the same direction (at the front of the stone).

Step 6

Using your pliers, create spirals with each of the extending wires and flatten these in an aesthetic way against the top of the stone and projecting stem wire.

Step 7

Carefully remove the slithers of masking tape and gently pull each of the 0.6mm side wires around the sides of the stone (back and front) to hold the frame in place.
Tease the wires out with your fingers around the front and back of the stone, leaving the 0.8mm wire framing the entire oval shape.

Step 8

Use your round nosed pliers (or bail making pliers, if you have them) create a double link with the stem wire projecting at the top of the stone.  Separate the double link wires at the top if desired.

Step 9

You are now ready to suspend your pendant from a chain, ribbon or cord!

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