Gemstone donuts are versatile components that can be used in a variety of jewellery designs.
This page gives step by step instructions on how to wire wrap a donut, which is a great technique to learn to enable many design options.
They are donut shaped, with a hole in the middle which makes them really easy to hang from threads or to wire wrap.
In this tutorial, we've used a 20mm labradorite gemstone donut but you can choose your favourite! Please note that many of our donuts range in sizes.
Choose from our selection of metal wire to complete your beading chain! Including plated, sterling silver, 9ct gold, copper, brass and more.
Take a 30cm length of wire and put the wire through the hole of the donut. Wrap this around the donut 5 times. You want to have roughly equal lengths left over both sides. To end up with this, start with one side of the wire double the length of the other and use the longer side to wrap around the donut.
Use your snip nose pliers to pinch the ends of the wire together so they are flush with each other.
Take your round nose pliers and about 5mm up from the top of the donut, bend to an angle and then create a loop around the pliers.
Use the snipe nose pliers to squeeze the loose wire ends into the wrapped wire bail. You want it so that when you run your finger along it you won't be able to feel anything sharp.
Your Donut is now a pendant and ready to hang from either a necklace, bracelet or earrings! To make your donut pendant into a connector, repeat the same process on the opposite side of your donut.
Wire wrapped gemstone donuts can be used in many ways, for example, you can use it as a bangle top, linked together to make a bracelet, as part of some earrings or attached to lengths of chain to make a necklace.
Here are two designs we have made with wire wrapped gemstone donuts!
We share with you easy projects aimed at jewellery making beginners using our gorgeous gemstone donuts.
We show you designs using donut bails, threads and how to create simple earring hoops.
The products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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Alternatively, for more information and how to's on all areas of jewellery making visit our other Gemstone Setting Advice pages.