Stones + Beads
If you’re going to be wire-wrapping, you’re going to need something to wrap. I use a lot of Labradorite and other gemstones in my jewelry, but you can use whatever you’d like.
For beginners, beads are a good option because you can feed the wire through them to easily secure the stone.
Stones with flat back are called “cabochons“. These come in different types of material, sizes and shapes.
Another option is to use irregular shaped stones but these can be trickier to wrap, especially if they don’t have holes.
I buy my stones online and locally. They are not hard to find and are relatively inexpensive (depending on stone of course).
There are many Facebook groups where you can find gemstone dealers but be careful – only buy from reputable sources.
Last year I bought amber stones from a dealer that I met on Facebook. She sent me orange plastic pebbles. It was so obvious that they were fake….anyways I filed a complaint with Paypal and got my money back….so be careful!
Michael’s has a decent selection of beads for anyone who is starting out. You can also check out your local crystal shop. This option is handy because you can buy a handful of stones without breaking the bank.
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