Wrapping Raw Gem Stones

by Carol Burton.
(Temple City, CA)

Wrapping Raw Gem Stones by Carol Burton  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Arogonite Clusters Crystal Wire Wrapped in Solid Copper

I love raw gem stones! There is something exciting about picking up a natural stone, looking at it closely, and deciding where I want to put the free form wire wrapping.

I usually wire wrap in sterling silver or copper wire.

I use both square and half round wire, with sometimes twisting the square wire.

The idea of wrapping gem stones, for me, is to make it simple, yet decorative, so the wrapping doesn’t cover too much of the stone.

I love doing custom orders!

Picture #1 is a pendant I created for a woman who provided me with three stones: Kyanite, Chalcedony and a Herkimer Diamond:

Wrapping Raw Gem Stones by Carol Burton  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Custom Wire Wrapped Gem Stones Pendant

I wrapped this pendant with her input as to the order of the stones.

I considered all her preferences for the pendant.

She loved the way it came out!

It made me feel good to make her happy.

Picture #2 is a raw tourmaline stone, showing the pink, green and creme colors:

Wrapping Raw Gem Stones by Carol Burton  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Wire Wrapped Raw Tourmaline

I like to put one or two beads at the top of a wrapped stone to decorate it, along with a couple of spirals.

The green and pink bead at the top is Ruby Zoisite, which coordinates with the colors of the Tourmaline stone.

Picture #3 is a Peach Quartz crystal wrapped in sterling silver with a Carnelian chain:

Wrapping Raw Gem Stones by Carol Burton  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Wire Wrapped Peach Quartz in Sterling Silver

That stone was fun to wrap, and I think the Carnelian chain enhances the colors of the Peach Quartz.

Picture #4 shows an Arogonite stone wrapped in copper with a copper chain:

Wrapping Raw Gem Stones by Carol Burton  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Arogonite Clusters Crystal Wire Wrapped in Solid Copper

Arogonite is a fascinating stone with its crystal columns jutting out in many directions.

I travel to many places to hand pick the stones that I wire wrap, such as Northern and Southern CA, Utah, and Tucson, AZ.

I go to several bead and rock shows each year.

I plan to go to Tucson in January for the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows.

I’m looking forward to hand picking many beautiful, natural stones, from several of the 40 shows they have there.

I will enjoy wire wrapping my choices of raw gem stones to make lovely pendants.

I have truly found my bliss!

Carol Burton
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Comments

  1. Carol, what a great variety of raw stones in these projects! And the fun thing with stones like these is that it takes some really creative wirework to make settings for them. Your customers know they’re getting a one-of-a-kind piece with these. I particularly like the Aragonite clusters with the copper wire, and the three-stone pendant. Spectacular!

  2. Thank you so much, Rena, for your kind comments. I have so much fun hand picking gem stones, just for the purpose of giving myself the challenge of free form wire wrapping them. Some stones I pick are definitely harder than others. Each one turns out differently, and some turn out very differently than I expected. When I go to Tucson in January, I am going to a gem show where there are miners and rock hounds that set up their stones from their campers. I am really looking forward to that show.

    Thank you Rena, for your website, newsletter and tutorials. I have learned so much from you and the posts from other jewelry artists. You are very much appreciated. Thank you for the opportunity for me to share with others.

  3. Thanks so much for your lovely message, Carol! And I know what you mean about some of your wirework turning out very differently than expected. 🙂 I love the magic of creating, and how a project can evolve on its own, taking us along for the ride!

  4. Deborah Blake says:

    I have several stones I’d love to wrap for my daughter since money is scarce this Christmas. These pieces are amazing. I hope I can find a simple way to wrap one for her. I don’t have experience with wiring yet. I’m sure your customers feel special.

  5. Thank you, Deborah. Wire wrapping has been a journey for me. I have taken two wire wrapping classes. Both classes were taught by women that are known in the field of wire wrapping. I went to Tucson, AZ to take a class from a woman who has written a book and has DVD’s. I started by doing traditional wire wrapping with cabochons. Then I realized how much I enjoy wrapping raw, natural gem stones. I have gone on You Tube to find several tutorials on free form wire wrapping. You may want to watch a couple of videos to see if that is something you are interested in.

  6. I haven’t seen much wire wrapping lately, it’s good to see some interest again. There are bargain priced instructions on ebay sometimes. Wire wrapping is a great craft to learn.

  7. Thanks for your response, Mille. I dabble in other types of jewelry making. However, wire wrapping is my love right now.

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