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Wrapped in Gems by Mai Sato-Flores - Icicle Drop Necklace Project

Wrapped in Gems by Mai Sato-Flores - Icicle Drop Necklace Project

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Few people would argue against the beauty and appeal of gemstone jewelry, but some jewelry makers find themselves intimidated by the thought of working with these precious stones. With Wrapped in Gems, even inexperienced jewelry makers can learn to fashion their own beautiful gemstone creations using Mai Sato-Flores’s preferred techniques of wire wrapping and working with chain. This method allows gems to hang so that light can shine through and show off their natural beauty.

For the jewelry maker, inspiration can be found anywhere, but the exquisite beauty of nature is a favorite source. Take a moment to study the leaves of a tree or plant—the contours of a leaf suggest a shape for a pendant, the perfect combination of colors in the leaves and flowers hint at a color palette of precious gemstones to mimic it. The branches and twigs, the patterns of leaf growth, even the shape of the tree or plant itself can inspire ideas for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Wrapped in Gems shows you how to interpret all that you see in nature to create jewelry with wire, chains, and beautiful gemstones.

New York City–based jewelry designer Mai Sato-Flores is inspired by nature wherever she goes—be it the supermarket, Central Park, or right outside her door. In Wrapped in Gems, she shares the secrets of her work and the natural elements that inspire it. After demonstrating how gemstones and wire can be used to recreate the patterns and designs of nature, Mai provides instructions for 40 elegant pieces of gemstone jewelry from her own collections.

With a comprehensive guide to gemstones and detailed instructions on innovative wire wrapping, chain, and other jewelry-making techniques—as well as an informative resource guide to buying gemstones—Wrapped in Gems is a valuable addition to any jewelry maker’s bookshelf.
Few people would argue against the beauty and appeal of gemstone jewelry, but some jewelry makers find themselves intimidated by the thought of working with these precious stones. With Wrapped in Gems, even inexperienced jewelry makers can learn to fashion their own beautiful gemstone creations using Mai Sato-Flores’s preferred techniques of wire wrapping and working with chain. This method allows gems to hang so that light can shine through and show off their natural beauty.

For the jewelry maker, inspiration can be found anywhere, but the exquisite beauty of nature is a favorite source. Take a moment to study the leaves of a tree or plant—the contours of a leaf suggest a shape for a pendant, the perfect combination of colors in the leaves and flowers hint at a color palette of precious gemstones to mimic it. The branches and twigs, the patterns of leaf growth, even the shape of the tree or plant itself can inspire ideas for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Wrapped in Gems shows you how to interpret all that you see in nature to create jewelry with wire, chains, and beautiful gemstones.

New York City–based jewelry designer Mai Sato-Flores is inspired by nature wherever she goes—be it the supermarket, Central Park, or right outside her door. In Wrapped in Gems, she shares the secrets of her work and the natural elements that inspire it. After demonstrating how gemstones and wire can be used to recreate the patterns and designs of nature, Mai provides instructions for 40 elegant pieces of gemstone jewelry from her own collections.

With a comprehensive guide to gemstones and detailed instructions on innovative wire wrapping, chain, and other jewelry-making techniques—as well as an informative resource guide to buying gemstones—Wrapped in Gems is a valuable addition to any jewelry maker’s bookshelf.

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40 elegant designs for wire-wrapped gemstone jewelry
40 elegant designs for wire-wrapped gemstone jewelry
MAI SATO-FLORES WITH JESSE FLORES
MAI SATO-FLORES WITH JESSE FLORES
 
icicle drop necklace 
 A beautifully cut gem in a classic design that makesa great
rst piece of handmade jewelry
(page 132)
 
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wrapped in gems
wrapped in gems
ICICLE DROP NECKLACE
On cold winter mornings after a freezing rain, beautiful icicles can be found hanging from roofs, railings, and tree
On cold winter mornings after a freezing rain, beautiful icicles can be found hanging from roofs, railings, and tree
branches, creating a fantasy-like atmosphere. They capture the sunlight and sparkle and re
ect all the colors of their
branches, creating a fantasy-like atmosphere. They capture the sunlight and sparkle and re
ect all the colors of their
surroundings. This beautifully cut light-pink amethyst gem re
ects light like an icicle. This is a simple yet classic and
surroundings. This beautifully cut light-pink amethyst gem re
ects light like an icicle. This is a simple yet classic and
elegant design that is a great
rst piece of jewelry for a beginner to make.
elegant design that is a great
rst piece of jewelry for a beginner to make.
INSTRUCTIONS
INSTRUCTIONS
 
1.
1. Insert the 1
3
 ⁄ 
4
" (4.5cm) of 26-gauge wire into the top-drilledbriolette pink amethyst gem and make a top-drilled gemloop (page 154). 
2.
2. Open a 4mm jump ring, attach the loop of the spring ring clasp and an end link of the 15
1
 ⁄ 
2
" (39.4 cm) of 1.6mm
atcable chain, and then close the jump ring. 
3.
3. Thread the 1.6mm chain through the loop of the brioletteamethyst gem. 
4.
4. Open another 4mm jump ring, attach the opposite end of the 15
1
 ⁄ 
2
" (39.4 cm) of 1.6mm chain and an end link of the2" (5.1cm) of 4x3mm
at cable chain, and then close the jump ring. 
5.
5. Insert the 1
1
 ⁄ 
2
" (3.8cm) headpin into the 3mm rondelle pink amethyst gem, make an open loop (page 152), and thenattach it to the last link of the 2" (5.1cm) 4x3mm
at cablechain.
LEVEL
LEVEL
Easy
LENGTH
LENGTH
16" (40.7cm) to 18" (45.8cm) adjustable
TOOLS
TOOLS
Ruler Wire cuttersChain-nose pliersRound-nose pliers
MATERIALS
MATERIALS
1
3
 ⁄ 
4
" (4.5cm) of 26-gauge gold-
lled wire (soft)One 13x9mm faceted, top-drilled briolette pink amethyst gemTwo 4mm 14k gold-
lled jump ringsOne 14k gold-
lled spring ring clasp15
1
 ⁄ 
2
" (39.4 cm) of 1.6mm 14k gold-
lled
atcable chain2" (5.1cm) of 4x3mm 14k gold-
lled
at cablechainOne 1
1
 ⁄ 
2
" (3.8cm) 14k gold-
lled ball headpinOne 3mm faceted rondelle pink amethyst gem
rapped in Gemswww.PotterCraft.com

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