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Tutorial For My Girls

About this design:

I will show you a basic wrap,Hope you like it. (Some of the photo's are blurry sorry)NOW click on Instructions!!!!! Also does anyone know what kinda stone this is, if you look in the 2nd photo you can see it better. ( It's clear then darkish brown?black swirling????


Cabochon Mine is 30x40 Supplies you need,21 gauge half hard square wire and 21 gauge 1/2 half round half hard wire,n.n.pliers,painters tape, tape measure, sharpie marker,(optional) wire twisting device.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Measure the cab. and add about 2 to 2 1/2 inches, and cut 3 of the square wire this amount.
Step 2:
Mark the middle of the three wires with a sharpie pen. Then use painters tape and wrap on wires about 1 1/2 inch from mark on each side.Keep the wires very straight.
Step 3:
Take about 3 inch 1/2 round wire and make a bend at the end.
Step 4:
Place this wire on the 3 wires between the tape and 1/4 inch from mark, squeeze bent wire onto this area, and start wraps,one wrap and squeeze 1 wrap and squeeze continue as many as you want mine is 9 wraps and depends on the size of the cab..Cut wire and tuck end on the inside Squeeze.
Step 5:
Make 2 more wraps on each side,mine is up toward the top or any place you want.See my other cab for different look.
Step 6:
shape the assembly around cab. and cut 1/2 round wire (4 inch) then shape at the top and wrap wire to hold together about 3x do not cut wire yet.
Step 7:
The tails, bring 2 wire toward back and 4 in front, take 2 back tails and wrap around sharpie pen to form bail. Take the wrapping wire,wrap around again 3x or to keep in place. There will be the little end sticking out use round nose pliers and turn into bail.
Step 8:
Now from the frame back side pull 1 wire on each side (toward the middle) you can use you fingers and pull softly.
Step 9:
Then place the cab into the frame (remember you did the back already, now pull the(1)front wires to hold in the cab shape gently.
Step 10:
The remaining 4 tails you can use decorate I twisted mine and made coils see examples.
Step 11:
Now you can use different size wire depending on the size of your cab,Try to use half hard square and 1/2 hard half round it works better, any questions just ask . Have fun

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OOOO! Thank you Lynn!
    I haven’t had the time to look at all the instructions yet but boy am I itching to try these out!!
    House cleaning tomorrow might not get done! ;-)

  2. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Thank you for the instructions, they must have taken quite a while to put together.

  3. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    You are a fabulous wire wrapper Lynn! This is our Lynn’s rap and she’s here to inspire…what a great darn wrapper she is with wire…… (WARNING) Don’t try rappin’ at home….

  4. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    How kind of you to share…that must have take a lot of time. Really nice finished product!!

  5. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Hey it was hard work but worth every min. I forgot to add to my supply list>>> Camera= So you all can show me your wraps :) Lynn

    KPJEWELS says:

    Thanks Lynn for all your hard work and for sharing. The instructions are fantastic. Very clear. I hope I can learn to do this as well as you have.

  7. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Thank you oh so very much I have ordered some sterling wire and am looking at some 14kt. gold..I already got the round but now I need the half round..thank you again…Yfib Stormy chic

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Thanks sooooo much, god, I can’t wait to get some more wire!!!

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Like I said earlier, I used my last wire that was a usable gauge to make clasps, to, well, make clasps. I have 3 left, lol….must get wire, mudt get clasps, will go bonkers if I don’t have stuff to make stuff, lol! O.O 8O

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    O.O What a gorgeous cabachon. I love the brown and swirly clearness of it. Do you remember where you found it. How do you find all these gorgeous stones to wrap. What size cabachon do you usually opt for? This is so cool.

  11. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Oh my gosh – what timing – my goal for this 1/2 year is to increase my skills in the area of wire work. THANK YOU for the detailed and easy to understand instructions!!!

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    OMFG! Here I am constantly stressed because of our financial situation, ie, our coplete lack of finances other than to just barely cover rent and bills. My husband just got home fro work…early…. he got laid off….. :::dumbfounded::: ::cries, just cries:: just when you think it can’t get any worse…..

  13. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    beautiful Lynn, thanks for the instructions, I will surely give it a try someday :-)
    Oh Ravin, I am so sorry to hear that… my thoughts go out to you. I hope he will find another job real soon. Keep the hope up! *hugs*

  14. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    This is awesome, Lynn…I will try this this weekend!!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Gorgeous pendants! Great wrapping!
    The red/brown stone with the flash is Red Tiger Eye.

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    It’s great that you posted instructions! Thanks. I learned another variant in making bails.

    If I might butt in on your instructions, there is just one variation I’d like to make on the subject of whether to do the back or the front securing wires first. If you are working with a cabochon in a soft gemstone, it is important that you do the front wires first, insert the cab and then secure the back. This helps you avoid scratching the surface of the cab.

    I generally try to do the front wires first on principle, because even hard stones may be scratched if you slip with the pliers.

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

    Lynn, thank you so much for posting the instructions for your fabulous wire wrapped cabs!!! I am really looking forward to creating one of these! :D

    Your cabs look gorgeous!!! :D

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ravin, I am soooooo sorry to hear about Brian and his job. My thoughts go out to both of you. Chicky hugs are being sent your way!

  19. Bella Chick aka Chill
    Bella Chick aka Chill says:

    Lynn…thanks so very much for taking the time and effort to share your beautiful techniques! Much easier to follow than the magazines…your work is beautifully done….hoping one day to be able to get it right…now I have hope! Thanks again!

  20. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Thanks everyone, and sorry your husband lost his job, I know how it feels, I have 2 kids in collage and can’t find jobs also the 3rd one can’t find a job he’s older and the 4th kid of coarse is to young to work. That’s 3 adults in my house with no jobs. But I keep trying to hold my head up.

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    Dora H says:

    Lynn “THANK YOU ” so much for your instructions w/ pics..and the time you spent to put it all together for us… God bless you :)

  22. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    oh well….sigh…I guess no one got my “rapping humor”……..

  23. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I got it!!! Just grinning right now. ;)

  24. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Lynn, thank you so much for the clear directions, and for your very generous gift of time and talent to help us. I am just amazed by the talent and the kindness of the ladies here at LB.
    Btw. Fav!!! I really love your wire work and this set of wrapped cabs is just gorgeous. :D

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Sandy I just got the rappin humor and I had not read down that far yet I had to laugh because our friends sent an email with a juke box on it and I am playing it as I am on Lima Beads. I have 1979 on and probably the only rappin song made then was playing just then. Too Funny ROTFLMAO. Had no clue. That is first time I read your comment. LOL.
    Was I to give my email or are the directions within this comment and her top info?

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Faith, up at the top under Lynn’s photo, next to the word “Description” is the word “Instructions.” Just click on it and it will bring up the instructions for you. :D

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Sandra, I’m still groaning over your wire “rap” — LOL! ;)

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    nice wirework, Lynn! great job on the instructions! love that you included pics cuz I can get lost in words alone.

  29. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    I think I would like to try my hand at this but don’t know where to start a beginning inventory. Could you clue my in on a basic copper wire purchase? Everything seems to come in such long rolls. your tutorial is amazing

  30. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    PS not necessarily wire for this peice but just experiment with and get a feel for.

  31. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wire sculpture has all different kinds of wire, try looking there.

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    LeighAnn F says:

    Thank you so much Lynn for the tutorial! I love to play with wire, but I am not that good….yet! Thanks again for all your beautiful creations.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Thank you Lynn G. you are a dear for sharing with us your beautiful cabachon wraps. Congrats on being selected one of the top designs on LB for this past month and Congrats again for being featured in your newspaper. Thank you Lynn Eileen for pointing me back to the top to find the instruction button. LOL. Sometimes I just need to be led around by the nose.

  34. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Your welcome!!!!!

  35. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    I love the fossil!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    adding to my favs!

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    Paula M says:

    Perhaps the stone you asked about is red tiger eye?

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    LauraW says:

    I too loved the fossil, Chickie! Beautiful piece, easy instructions, and Science Chick, thank you for the great advice to start from the front.Ravin, I hope things work out well for you as soon as possible. Thanks again for such a gorgeous piece!

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    P coyle says:

    help…I’m lost…I must have taken a left where I should have taken a right…

    I’m on the egg hunt….

    someone please show me the way out…I’ve gotta fix my wonderful hubby some dinner tonight…


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    H toth says:

    If your stone has clear or translucent areas, it is likely a smoky quartz. If it’s opaque w/ browns and blacks, it might be a tiger eye. It’s hard to see it clearly from the photo, but whatever it is, it’s very pretty!!

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    H toth says:

    Oh – last thought – It could also be an agate. :)

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