Carnelian Caged Cabochon Necklace

PROJECT N8045
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
A standard and versatile wire wrapping technique is used to capture this 40x30mm oval carnelian cabochon with no need for glue or drilled holes. This design can be applied to various shapes and sizes of cabochons; choose your favorite and get started!
Instructions
These instructions will make a 20 inch necklace. For a longer or shorter necklace, choose your desired length of chain.
  1. Please start by watching the video: How to Make a Caged Wire Wrapped Cabochon. This video shows the technique you will be using to wire wrap your 40x30mm cabochon. However, you will be using different gauges and lengths of wire as specified in the steps below.
  2. Use flush cutters to cut the following lengths of craft wire: three 12 inch lengths of 18 gauge wire, and three 3 inch lengths of 20 gauge wire.
  3. Follow along with the video to assemble the frame for your cabochon by wire wrapping the two gauges of wire together as shown. To achieve this design, you will be shaping the wire to fit around your cabochon so that the oval lies horizontally (see photo for reference). Note: the same technique will also work if you prefer to orient your cabochon vertically.
  4. Wire wrap the bail and spiral embellishments for your pendant as shown in the video.
  5. Once you have completed wire wrapping your cabochon, cut 19.5 inches of rolo chain.
  6. To attach your clasp: Use pliers to open a 5mm jump ring and slide on one end link of your chain. Also slide on the loop of your clasp. Close the jump ring.
  7. Now slide the bail of your cabochon onto the chain.
  8. Open another jump ring and slide on the opposite end link of your chain. Close the jump ring. All done!
This wire wrapping technique can be applied to various shapes and sizes of cabochons by simply adjusting the gauges and lengths of wire as described in the video.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • SPCB-2143 - Carnelian Gemstone Oval Flat-Back Cabochons 40x30mm (1 Piece)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • WCR-4404 - Beadsmith Silver Plated Copper German Bead Wire Craft Wire 18 Gauge/1.mm (4 Meters / 13.1 Feet)
    Project uses 3 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • WCR-4412 - Beadsmith Silver Plated Copper German Bead Wire Craft Wire 22 Gauge/.6mm (10 Meters / 32.8 Feet)
    Project uses 9 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • CHA-9970 - Bright Silver Plated Round Rolo Chain 3mm Bulk By The Foot
    Project uses 19.5 inches. You will need 2 packages.

  • FCL-7523 - Nunn Design Silver Plated Lobster Clasps 12mm (2)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5150 - Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 20 Gauge (x100)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5037 - Beadsmith Budget 2 Piece Mandrel Set - Wire Looping Tool - 10 Different Diameters
  • XTL-5671 - Wubbers Classic Series Wide Flat Nose Duckbill Pliers - 7mm Wide Jaws
  • XTL-0034 - Wubbers Classic Series Round Nose Quality Jeweller's Pliers
  • XTL-0020 - Baby Wubbers Quality Fine Chain Nose Jeweller's Pliers
  • XTL-5600 - Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
Additional Information
Ingredients SPCB-2143, WCR-4404, WCR-4412, CHA-9970, FCL-7523, FJR-5150,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Carnelian Gemstone Oval Flat-Back Cabochons 40x30mm (1 Piece)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$6.99 / Package | SKU: SPCB-2143
Beadsmith Silver Plated Copper German Bead Wire Craft Wire 18 Gauge/1.mm (4 Meters / 13.1 Feet)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Coil.
$5.49 / Package | SKU: WCR-4404
Beadsmith Silver Plated Copper German Bead Wire Craft Wire 22 Gauge/.6mm (10 Meters / 32.8 Feet)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Coil.
$5.49 / Package | SKU: WCR-4412
Silver Plated Rolo Chain, 3mm, by the Foot
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$2.45 / Package | SKU: CHA-9970
Nunn Design Silver Plated Lobster Clasps 12mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$2.15 / Package | SKU: FCL-7523
Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 20 Gauge (x100)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 100 Pieces.
$2.79 / Package | SKU: FJR-5150
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Wubbers Classic Series Round Nose Quality Jeweller's Pliers
Baby Wubbers Quality Fine Chain Nose Jeweller's Pliers
$22.95 / Package | SKU: XTL-0020

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