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Tammie's Buddha Rock


About this design:

At a show, a customer admired my display of wire-wrapped cabochons and natural rocks. She asked if I would wire-wrap a customer's stone--OF COURSE, I would, I replied. She drove home, got the stone and placed it in my hands. It's one she picked up walking along the Oregon coast and evokes strong feelings in her. I think it's an ocean polished snow quartz or quartzite with a bit of sand trapped in a groove on the face. I truly enjoy wire-wrapping pieces for customers. The natural stones are a fun challenge after doing calibrated cabs.

Components:

Customer's stone, sterling silver square (21ga) twisted (20ga) and half-round (21ga) wire.



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  1. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    You did a wonderful job! We buy some spendy beads and others find solice in a simple rock of nature.
    Very inspireing!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    What a beautiful pendant! :D I wish I could wire wrap like that…I have some beautiful stones I found on the beach in Delaware that I would love to be able to wrap like this! ;)

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Fabulous wire work! Love it! ;)

  4. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Stormy, Grammy and Sunny–Thanks for the compliments.

    Grammy–It just takes practice (and using cheaper copper or brass wire until you gain confidence–tho I use those wires for less price-y pendants AND because some stones “want” those color-tones) to do wire-wrapping. There is a good tutorial for starting out at About.com. The title is “How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon.” Also, the book by Irina Miech, “Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders” has a good description and pictures in the project ‘Wire-wrapped Cabochon.’

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely wire work!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    8O Wow! Simply stunning!
    Excellent workmanship!

    Thank you for the wire wrapping links and tips too! Umm..have a good source for wire? Please?
    :-)

  7. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    beautiful, a job well done!

  8. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Stunning your work and nature’s!! I love it!

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    Orchid Betty says:

    Fantastic wire work, beautiful pendant!

  10. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is very nice, and you captured it nicely..

  11. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Very nice … I’m sure she’ll be thrilled when she sees her stone wrapped so beautifully. SLS

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Nice work, Gayle! the twisty wire is perfect for this stone.

  13. Pam E aka funky tulip
    Pam E aka funky tulip says:

    Beautiful and inspiring

  14. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    Great job wrapping and enjoyed your story !!!

  15. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Sweet Chick (and anyone else interested): Sources for wire.

    Freshmans.com–sterling in round, square, half-round at good prices (located in Salt Lake City and I shop there in person)
    RioGrande.com–sterling and argentium silver in round, square, half-round at reasonable prices
    brandywinejewelrysupply.com/–has brass and copper wire as well as sterling in square, half-round and round.
    wire-sculpture.com–has your Christmas list of wire (brass, bronze, copper, sterling, gold-filled) in square, round and half-round. Haven’t ordered from them yet but will be placing my next wire order with them.

    Hope this gives you good options for wire.

  16. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Great wrapping, beautiful job!!

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Such a gorgeous stone and amazing job wire wrapping! Thanks for all the info on the wrapping and wire sources! :D

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