Wire Wrapped Cross Tutorial

Rustic wire cross is 1 7/8" long

Rustic wire cross is 1 7/8″ long

Tools and Supplies

A 6″ piece of 16ga or 18ga round, soft wire for frame

12 or so inches of half round, half hard, 16ga wire

Round nose pliers

Square or Chain nose pliers

Wire cutters

Chasing hammer

Small file

Steel block or anvil

Ruler

Sharpie marker

IMG_0787Steps

Straighten and cut a 6" piece of the frame wire

Straighten and cut a 6″ piece of the frame wire

 

Fold wire in half using round nose pliers

Fold wire in half using round nose pliers

Make a round or oval loop at the halfway point

Make a round or oval loop at the halfway point

 

Make a 90% bend 5/8" from the top on each side

Make a 90% bend 5/8″ from the top on each side

Using your marker, draw a line at 5/8" on each wire.  Bend the wires with the tips your round nose pliers

Using your marker, draw a line at 5/8″ on each wire. Bend the wires with the tips your round nose pliers

Bend the wires again at the mid point as shown with your chain nose pliers

Bend the wires again at the mid point as shown with your chain nose pliers

Use the round nose pliers to form a little loop at each "arm" of the cross

Use the round nose pliers to form a little loop at each “arm” of the cross

Bend your wire with the chain or square nose pliers again as shown

Bend your wire with the chain or square nose pliers again as shown

With your chasing hammer, flatten the loop at the top and the loops are each end of the arms.  Lightly hammer the rest of the cross

With your chasing hammer, flatten the loop at the top and the loops are each end of the arms. Lightly hammer the rest of the cross

Straighten the whole pendant and hammer the ends into a paddle

Straighten the whole pendant and hammer the ends into a paddle

Using a 2" to 4" piece of half round wire, begin to wrap the ends as shown.

Using a 2″ to 4″ piece of half round wire, begin to wrap the ends as shown.

Place the center of the half round wire behind the cross, flat side facing you

Place the center of the half round wire behind the cross, flat side facing you

Crisscross the wrap wires in front as shown and around to the back

Crisscross the wrap wires in front as shown and around to the back

Bring the wires to the back and crisscross again

Bring the wires to the back and crisscross again

Bring both wrapping wires towards the top and wind each one around the arm at the point nearest the center of the cross.  End up with the wrap wires in the back and trim the wrap wires on the back of the cross.  There will be a crisscross pattern in the front and back.

Back of the cross pendant

Back of the cross pendant

Be sure to cut all the wires in the back of the cross and file the ends smooth.  Make or buy a jump ring of heavy gauge wire and insert at the top of the cross.

If you have a problem keeping the wires straight while working, loosely wrap a fine wire around the separate sections to hold them in place temporarily.  You can also use masking tape or painters tape.

IMG_0792File all wire ends smooth, oxidize with Liver of Sulfur or leave your metal bare as you wish.

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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31 Responses to Wire Wrapped Cross Tutorial

  1. Donna Geurin says:

    Zoraida, how exciting this tutorial that you are sharing. I can hardly wait to try this. Thank you so much. I love your tutorials and I think you know that. I hope you are loving your new home and getting all settled.

  2. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Donna! Have fun with the tute. We’re working on this home everyday. It’s snowing right now, cold but beautiful 🙂

    • Donna Geurin says:

      We are in Billings, MT and it was -6 deg this morning. We have had snow since Monday. But we love it. I look forward to trying this. Thank you, you are so generous. How is your dog? He is so beautiful. I love seeing all the pictures.

  3. Pastora says:

    Zoraida that is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thank you Pastora for checking it out 🙂

  5. Diane Smith says:

    Zoraida ~ This is gorgeous! Kudos!

  6. Tela says:

    I like this cross a lot! If I didn’t know it was metal, I would think maybe it was rattan or some other woven material. Thank you for taking the time to do a tutorial. I will give this a go for a Christmas gift for my brother. I think it would look great on a guy. 🙂

  7. artworksjp says:

    I love this cross. I could do this for the guys in my family. I appreciate the time you take to give us these great and detailed tutorials. I am calling this the Z Cross. Jan P Thank you again!

  8. Kyra says:

    Once again Zoraida you have shared with us mere mortals what talent one can achieve if we keep at it and practising. This is yet another fantastic wire wrap tutorial that is easy to follow. Perfect tute in time for Christmas too.

    Here in Australia we’ve been having 40+ degree Celsius days- so it’s been perfect for sitting inside in the air con. I’ve been making this the feature on most of my Chrissy cards I’m sending out this year, so thank you ever so much (from long time fan )
    Hugs,
    Kyra Xoxoxo

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Kyra! I am extremely pleased for the great compliment and hope you enjoy making this cross. It’s very cold and snowy here in upstate NY so I have lots of time to create – inside 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday!

  9. Super tutorial, Zoraida! This went right into my favorites and I cannot wait to give it a try.

  10. Cheryl says:

    I love Crosses,,,,ad this is so stunning…..thank you for the tutorial and I plan to try this…..do some wire wrapping myself….I enjoy it……

  11. VickiEsDesigns says:

    Stunning! I have been trying to work out a nice cross design…. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this beautiful design with us. God bless you!

  12. VickiEsDesigns says:

    Looking back over your tutorial, I am totally impressed on how detailed you made. Your photos on each step is fantastic. You are my hero! Thank you Zoraida!

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  14. Deb Fortin says:

    what a wonderful gift to us ,your readers , this is a lovely and masculine cross. I like the use of half round wire to do the wraps.
    thanks for sharing this and your photos are very clear and professional.

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Deb! I did want to create a cross design that would appeal to any gender. In fact, my husband wears one in sterling that I made specifically for him.

  15. Angela says:

    Hi Zoraida: Angela here. This is exactly the cross I told you I wanted to learn how to make. Thank you so much for having it available on your web page page. Like I told you, your work is exquisite and I wish you tons of sales and a prosperous career.

  16. High Vibe Jewelry says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial! I made a pretty version with a steel wire frame and brass wrapping. Your instructions were very clear… thanks again!

  17. Marshall says:

    I have a question. where do you get the half round wire? or what are some sources for half round wire?

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