Wire Wrap A Coin
by Judy LarsonWire wrap a special coin to make a beautifulpendant that is sure to become a treasuredkeepsake.
Hint: If you want to hang this on akeychain, cut the decorative swirl wires short and snug them down next to the bail wrap.
21 gauge square wire21 gauge half round wireOne coin
Hint: A large coin such as the Sakagaweaor Presidential dollar works best for your first coinwrap.Note: Silver plated craft wire in a gold color hasbeen used to make this pendant in this tutorial. Thistype of craft wire is considered dead soft.
Flat, chain, bent, and round nose pliersFlush cutterUltra fine point Sharpie markerPainters tapeMandrel the same diameter as the coin
¼” and 3/8”
dowelsOptional: Pin vise
Measure the circumference of your coin: Wrap the outer edge of your coin with a strip of painterstape. Remove the tape and place it on a piece of paper. Measure the tape length. Draw a line on the paperthe length of the tape and divide this length into quarters. The length of wire you add to this measurement isdetermined by what you wish to do with the excess wires after the bail is made at the top of the pendant.
The following are circumferences of US coins:
Penny: 2 and 3/8”
2 and 5/8”Dime: 2 and 3/16”Quarter: 3”Kennedy half dollar: 3 and 7/8”
Susan B. Anthony dollar:Sakagawea and Presidential dollar: 3
Straighten and cut the square wires needed for your coin. For this design on the Presidential dollarco
in, you will need 4 wires, each 7½” long
4¼” longer than the circumference of the coin.
For the Sakagaweadollar, you need 5 wires because it is just a bit thicker.
Note: The number of wires used is determined by thethickness of the coin. Most coins use 4 or 5 wires. Stack the wires until they equal the thickness of the coin, thenadd two more.
Lay the wires side by side, ends even. Use painters tape to secure the ends together. This makes thewire bundle easier to work with.
Using a Sharpie, mark the center of the bundle. Linethis mark up on the center mark of the line drawn in
.Use the Sharpie to transfer the other lines to the wirebundle. There should now be 5 lines marked on the bundle.