June 11th, 2009

Acrocanthosaurus, Dinosaurs

Wire Wrapping

A few weeks ago, I saw some jewelry at a festival that I really liked. It was a slice of fossilized coral (similar to this) set into a pendant. Unfortunately, the cost was a bit out of my current price range, so I didn't buy the one I saw for sale. Then, a couple of weeks ago at the Santa Rosa Wednesday afternoon market, one of the vendors was selling little ammonite fossils. At $3 a piece, those *are* within my price range. :) So, I bought one, and decided I was going to figure out a way to turn it into a necklace.

Originally, I thought maybe I could find adhesive foil (like the copper foil used for doing stained glass), and do something with that and my soldering iron. But after a bit of looking around on the internet, I realized that making a metal setting for jewelry requires actual, you know, metal smithing, something I wasn't prepared to do. I did, however, find some pendants created with a technique called "wire wrapping." I thought they looked pretty, and it didn't look too difficult, so I thought I'd give it a try. One roll of silver wire later (cost: under $5), about half an hour of labor, (guided loosely by the instructions on this website), and I have this:

Ammonite, after wire wrapping

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