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Freeform Wrap Tutorial by tanyquil Freeform Wrap Tutorial by tanyquil
A few people had asked how I do my wraps, and I figured I'd upload a quick tutorial...taking reference photos with only one free hand is tricky.

Although you don't have to, I would love you forever if you link me in the description if you use my tutorial to make something. Also, link me what you make because I want to see it!

DISCLAIMER: If I were using a smooth symmetrical stone, I would use different techniques. But since its a rough, tumbled stone, I prefer to use a more 'off the top of my head and only measure when necessary' approach.

EDIT: Fixed the font issue, hopefully.
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:iconwindsweptspirit:
WindsweptSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for the great tutorial! I made this with it!
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rodentdrem Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very helpful, thanks! :)
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad!
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Ephemeroptera-Gnome Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice. I especially appreciate step 5, this is a crucial step in any art project.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It`s SUPER CRUCIAL. Most people don`t realize it.
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Lim-Kik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Curious. Where do you get the stones?
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I got those ones from local rock and gem shops. I usually wrap polished cabochons now though, and I get those from a few etsy shops!
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:iconlim-kik:
Lim-Kik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gotcha thanks! I've been wanting to try to make wire stone jewelry but wasn't sure how to start or where to get supplies
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CC-DeYapp Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
interesting. Thanks.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
np, I hope you find it useful!
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Neidonkorento Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Thanks for the lovely tut! Helped me make these [link] [link] :thanks:
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:icontanyquil:
tanyquil Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:O those are awesome! great job!
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Neidonkorento Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :squee:
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:iconnatureguide:
NatureGuide Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial....Just out of curiosity, what song is it that you are listening to in the 5th step?
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:icontanyquil:
tanyquil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I honestly can't remember, but its probably some horribly embarrassing pop music.
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NatureGuide Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:icon3grim6:
3grim6 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm teaching myself wire wrapping at the moment and i find this helpful =]
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:icontanyquil:
tanyquil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I'm happy to hear that :D
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3grim6 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
hey, ill be posting a photo soon of the one i made, it came out alright, for the first one of this style =D
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I can't wait to see it :D
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GrimmUlquigrrrl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Gorgeous! I love your work, and this is very in-depth. Thanks!
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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ksagag Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial! I used it for reference when wrapping a pendant I picked up. It was very helpful! Also, linked you in description. :)
[link]
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, I must have missed this comment somehow! I'm glad my tutorial was useful, and thanks for the link too :D
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Darkrose42 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A lot of stones to choose from? I think shorty after I started wire wrapping I got a beautiful-stones-addiction :D . So I have a lot too :) . I think your tutorial is really helpful. I've been doing wire wrapping for some time now but I never tried to use tape. And I just love tumbled stones, somehow I like to work with them, it's so uncomplicated.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Never underestimate the usefulness of tape :)
I use it to stabilize focal beads while I wrap around them as well! :)
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miyuki-darkstar Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hey this tutorial has really helped me. I’ve tried it a few times and it really is a lot easier than it looks at first! ^_^ I've really loved the outcome it brings without having to use adhesive.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D I'm really glad it's been useful!
I'd love to see what you've made!
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miyuki-darkstar Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Heres a link to them: [link] I need to work on it but i think there good ^_^
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Marjolijn-Ashara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial, simple, clean and easy to use. I will most definately (read probably ;p) try it! :D
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats great, I'm happy you found it so useful!
Be sure to link me pics of what you make, I'd love to see them! :D
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Marjolijn-Ashara Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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LonelyGabu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Such a great looking tutorial Making me think about what I can do if I had the stones for it. *giggles*
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats one of the best parts of wire wrapping! Whenever I shop for stones on Etsy or at local shops, my mind is going a mile a minute w/ how I'm going to wrap them :)
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:iconlonelygabu:
LonelyGabu Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Im still kinda new so if you can give me any pointers it will be greatly appreciated. *bows with a blush* ><
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tanyquil Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My best advice is to just look at what other people are doing, and try to figure out how to do it yourself! this gets easier with the dreaded p-word! (practice practice practice!)

That and youtube tutorials, and photo tutorials like mine. Thats pretty much how I learned, anyway! :)
Good luck, and throw a link on a reply if you make any pieces using my tutorial!
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LonelyGabu Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Will do. If I can actually get the things I need to actually construct things like that lol. And unfortunately with my lack of cash flow, don't have the capital.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I started w/ $20, some cheap copper wire, and some cheap rough tumbled stones from a rock and gem shop!

Set aside money till you have like $50, that's more than enough! It took me a while before I started using sterling silver wire, and you can find cheap shaped wire w/ a copper core to learn with. I still use that stuff! I think Beazu makes a line of gold and silver tone square and half round wire.
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LonelyGabu Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student General Artist
*Lost a lil bit* Lol... I don't know if we even have something like that around here and Im unemployed. Been for 4 years almost now ><
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lintila Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
I definitely want to try something like this.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You def should, although I can't be held accountable for anyone becoming addicted to wire wrapping... (ps its VERY addictive)
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lintila Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Hm. Sounds a lot like all of my other craft-based interests.
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joelunchbox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Way cool people always ask me about wrapping and I do not do this.... So I will send them this link from now on Great Job!
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! :D
And thanks!
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Amitisti Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing this :D
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:icontanyquil:
tanyquil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem, I'm glad you like it! :D
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krishna76 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
this is actually helpful i will try it out when i am not so exhausted
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats great to hear! (that its helpful, not that youre exhausted heh)
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KatKime Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
This is great. I've been half, sort-of messing with wire for a while but haven't been happy with many of my results so far. Your tutorial breaks it down nicely.
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tanyquil Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats great! I've been thinking about making another tutorial for some other jewelry techniques I use. This one was pretty well received, so maybe I should!
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