A Sweater for a Stone
By now you know I am a big fan of wire knitting. There are different styles of wire knitting and they lend themselves to a variety of applications.
Did you know it's possible to knit a sweater for a stone or cabochon enabling you to suspend it from a chain or cord?
In my latest tutorial I show you how to do it. You will need:
Tools and Materials
- Bead mat or towel to protect your work surface
- Steel bench block
- Chasing hammer
- Plastic mallet
- Chain nose pliers
- Square nose pliers
- Flush cutters
- Pro-polish pad, polishing cloth or steel wool to clean your wire
- Automotive sandpaper to sand out any tools marks at the end
- Ring mandrel
- Nylon jaw pliers
- 18g bronze wire or 16g copper wire - about 10 inches
- 28g bronze wire or 26g copper wire - two “wingspans” of wire (5 ft) if you are making The Knitted Raven signature bale; one wingspan if you choose the simple bale.
- Cabochon about an inch (2.5 cm) diameter
I show some of the process in real time so you get a better sense of the process. As a result, this video is much longer than my usual fare. Some parts were difficult to film, but I do show everything I do including how to make The Knitted Raven's signature bale.
You will also need to decide how to suspend your finished pendant. If you decide to use a leather cord and want to make your one findings, check out the other tutorials I have on how to do this in the Wire Working 101 Playlist.
I hope you enjoy knitting a sweater for a stone! You can find the full video tutorial, with time stamps for different sections HERE