When Tue Jul 18 7pm — 9pm
Where Lecture Hall
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Learn a versatile wire-wrap jewelry design that will create a frame to hold a stone for a pendant.
Host Jeannie Harwell


  • Cost: Free
  • Restrictions:
    • Ages 13+

Cancellations for this event must be made before July 18, 2017 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

Join us in learning how to wire-wrap a cabochon/flat stone in a bezel-style pendant (frame around the outer edges, open front and back).

This is a very versatile design that has many interesting options once you learn the basic mechanics. In addition to the hands-on project, we'll also be discussing variations beyond the basics. I'll have either some pictures or samples or both.

Specifically, we'll be learning:
•general wire handling and prep
•wrangling multiple wires bound by another wire
•working with half-round wire
•twisting square wire
•calculating amount of wire needed
•shaping to a particular stone and working with challenging shapes
•different mechanics to hold stone in frame
•different variations to alter frame (i.e. including loops for beads, using prongs, decorative effects)
•planning designs to balance aesthetics and mechanics
•variations on bails
•variations on finishing wire ends

Hands-on focus will be on creating the simpler version of these variations to learn the foundational mechanics and you will leave with a finished project.

See attached images for example of basic project (will learn simplest version to start, stone will vary) plus a few variations. Also see About Me info at the bottom for link to other examples.

[EDIT, issue with uploaded images]
If all the images show the same green/brown necklace instead of various pieces, the focal pendant part (not the swirly part) is similar to what we'll be making.

so please register if you'll be joining us. And if something comes up, please be sure to cancel so it frees up the spot for someone else.

Tools, bring yours or use ours. See details below.

Supplies, I'll have materials for a supply fee or feel free to bring your own, see details below.


•either 22 or 24 gauge SQUARE
•appr 21 gauge 1/2 round
•half-hard temper is preferred
•can be copper, brass, gf/ss, etc
•if you use my copper/brass, $2
•if you use my gf/ss, $5-10
•or bring your own wire

•Cabochon, appr 18x25mm - 20x30ish and is typically flat on one side and shallow dome (or flat) on the other
•Size and specific shape is flexible other than not too small (needs to be at least the size of a quarter/$.25 or bigger even better to learn on)
•a larger coin would also work
•needs smooth regular thickness with obvious thinner edge (not jagged or super thick or wavy or very rounded edge)
•better for practicing if it's not a stone that is soft, fragile, or scratched easily unless you're ok about possible scratches in a sacrificial practice stone
•if you use my stone, $3 (or bring your own)

• either money for supplies or your own materials
• your own tools (optional, or use DMS tools)
• something for your work surface (see last item in tools below)
• something to take notes


I'll have whatever wire/stones we're using for the project or feel free to bring your own. In most cases, you will have the option to do the project in either copper/brass (cheaper) or sterling silver/gold-filled (more). Some projects, I'll recommend practicing and learning in cheaper wire first. Some can be either way.

**If you choose to use my supplies, bring some money to cover the cost of materials. It should fall between $2-15 depending on what you use and the project. Example, if you use my stones/beads and work in copper/brass, it'll usually be under $5. Other metals will be a bit more.

We will have basic tools available, but you are welcomed and encouraged to bring your own.

Pliers (non-serrated jaws, smaller better)
• round nose
• flat nose (thinner=better)
• chain nose
• side cutters (not end cutters)

Other tools
• pin vise (hollow, the double-ended style work well after one end removed)
• 6" metal ruler, slide and 1/32" marks
• ring mandrel (if a ring class), NO length-wise groove, needs sizes marked
• needle file (triangle is good shape)
• rawhide or nylon mallet
• visually plain work surface (i.e. a solid colored pillow case or non-loopy hand towel, beading mat, etc)
• something to take notes

In general, if you're interested in pursuing wirework, it's a good idea to eventually get your own tools and wire so that you can practice at home. I'm also happy to speak to the business side of things like pricing and selling if anyone is interested. Just lemme know.

Any questions, feel free to contact me:
Jeannie Harwell
text 469-831-0916 (best)
On DMS site's Talk forum: kyrithia
FB msg "Jeannie Berry Harwell"

You're welcome to join us in the DMS JSM facebook group: "Dallas Makerspace Jewelry and Small Metals"

About me:
I've done wire jewelry for nearly 30 years. My style leans towards more traditional "old-school" types of wire-wrap (heavy use of square wire), plus some more organic textural designs, bolder modern graphical directions, and then the random art piece. A lot of my artistic influences come from my 28 years selling from my shop at the renfair (wide range of custom work) and drawing from history and cultures around the world.

If you want to see more of my wire style, images and variations of projects, there are lots in the photos section of my fb page and mini-blog at https://facebook.com/slightlytwistedstudios

Special Considerations and Warnings

• either money for supplies or your own materials
• your own tools (optional, or use DMS tools)
• something for your work surface
• something to take notes