How to Wrap a Crystal Point
I recently bought some gorgeous quartz points that I want to make into something really special. I have some ideas of what I want to make, but I’ve found I’m limited by the size of the holes in the points. The holes in the points are too small to hold a jump ring, and are fairly delicate. So I’ve decided that wrapping the points in wire is the best choice: not only will the wire prevent the crystal from snapping apart at the hole, but it will complement them nicely.
I’m using the following tools and materials:
- A rough crystal point
- 16″ of 22-gauge .999 silver copper-core wire
- Looping pliers
- Nylon jaw pliers
- Wire cutters
- Cut two 8″ pieces of wire. Straighten them with the nylon jaw pliers if necessary.
Note: The crystal I used was a little over one inch long and about a quarter inch thick. You will need to cut your wires longer if you use a larger crystal.
- Find the approximate center of the wires and bend both to form an acute angle.
- Twist the wires together on both sides of the bend. Use the nylon jaw pliers to hold the wires steady if needed.
- Spread the wires apart at the bend to hold the crystal. Be sure that one wire goes on either side of the crystal point. Insert the crystal.
- Bend the wire ends at 90⁰ angles to the twist.
- Wrap the wires around the crystal until they meet 90⁰ from the first twist.
- Twist the wires together to create three twists.
- Bend the twists against the crystal so they face the top, unwrapped portion.
- Bend the wire ends at 90⁰ angles to the twists.
- Wrap the wires around the crystal again until they meet 90⁰ from the last twist. They wires will meet on the faces of the crystal where the first twists were made.
- Twist the wires together until the twists are long enough to meet at the top of the crystal.
- Twist all four wires together to secure them.
- Grasp all four wires in the looping pliers and create a wrapped loop. Use the nylon jaw pliers to wrap in any loose ends.
There you go! That’s a very quick way to wrap a crystal point. Now go and experiment to see what fun variations you can come up with!
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Anna Harvilla, Assistant Editor, Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines