Wire wrapping is a great way to start studying crystals and their properties. It is a very simple process that can be done with basic tools, and it allows you to create pieces that are both beautiful and meaningful. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Choose the right crystals. Not all crystals are suitable for wire wrapping, so it is important to select ones that are both strong and flexible. Some of the best options include amethyst, quartz, and citrine.
2. Choose the right wire. The thickness of your wire will depend on the size and shape of your crystals. It is important to use a wire that is strong enough to hold the crystals securely, but also flexible enough to be manipulated easily. Stainless steel or copper wire are good choices for beginners. I personally get my wire from parawire.com (not affiliated) and I love their selection and prices!
3. Use pliers to create loops. Once you have chosen your wire and crystals, use pliers to create loops at either end of the wire. These loops will be used to attach the crystals to one another.
4. Begin wrapping the crystal. Begin wrapping the crystal by attaching one loop to the other using simple wraps. Make sure that the wraps are tight and secure, so that the crystal does not move around while you are working with it.
5. Continue wrapping until the crystal is secure. Continue wrapping until the crystal is securely attached to the wire. You may need to use additional wraps in order to keep it in place.
6. Trim any excess wire. Once you have finished wrapping the crystal, trim any excess wire using scissors or a sharp knife. Leave about 1/2 inch of extra wire at each end of the crystal for future use.
Wire wrapping and studying crystals can be so rewarding- it’s like you get to hold a piece of the universe in your hands. I hope this tutorial has helped give you the confidence to start wire wrapping and studying crystals yourself. Will you let me know how it goes? What stones have you started with? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!