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How To Make A Crocheted Gemstone Pendant - Free Tutorial!
Heard Of Wire Wrapping Gemstones? Well, This Is Crochet Wrapping!
The other day I was having a ball in my favorite local bead and jewelry store when I ran across this amazing checkerboard pendant in abalone shell. The price was great, it was huge, and it was a definite score! When I got it home, I finally got around to looking more closely at it. Oops - it was not drilled, nor was it in any kind of frame. It was overlaid onto some type of backing material and that was it!
At first I thought, "Well, I'll just have to wire wrap it." Then my eyes spied a spool of silver metallic thread on my work table. Hmmm... possibilities! I grabbed a hook and the thread, and went to work making a framework for the stone piece out of chain stitches.
In no time I had crocheted a pendant frame for the piece. Now I can just run a cord through the loop and wear it as-is, or I could add it to another necklace as a focal piece. Either way, I liked how it turned out! Maybe you have some flat cabochon gemstones or pretty polished rocks you'd like to wear as a pendant, but don't know how to do wire wrapping. If you can do a crochet chain stitch, you can do this!
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What You Will Need
A gemstone or rock you'd like to wrap
Your choice of crochet thread
Crochet hook (I used a Clover Soft Touch 8)
Dab of glue if needed to seal down end of thread
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Make a chain long enough to just go around the bottom edge of your gemstone, just above the bottom. Making sure your chain isn't twisted, slip stitch to your first chain, creating a loop.
Your second step will be to start chaining from that point, making a second loop to go around the top edge of the gemstone, just below the top. You will want the closed loops to fit very tightly on the gemstone. (Helpful hint - if your bottom loop is too loose, give it a couple of twists on the back side before slipping the top loop over the stone).
It's a process of trying it on for size, adjusting and readjusting as you go. Imagine that you are tightly wrapping a hard wire around the gemstone - this is what you are trying to duplicate.
Once you have the size of your loops fitting snugly, your next step is to crochet a chain that will fit very tightly wrapped around the center of the gemstone, then slip stitched to where the two loops join on the back side.
Repeat this last step, varying the placement of your wraps, until the gemstone is as secure in its wrap as you want it to be.
When you are satisfied, cut the thread, weave in the end, and if needed secure it down under another chain with a drop of glue.
To make the hanging loop, attach your thread just off center at the top of the pendant. Chain 10 (or desired size of your loop) and slip stitch just off center on the opposite side of the top. Ch 1, turn, fill the hanging loop with single crochets ending with a slip stitch at the opposite side. Fasten off, weave in ends, secure with glue.
Chain, Chain, Chain...
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Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at Craftsy.com to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.
Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.
I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?
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