Topics: Wire, Findings

I would like to form my own wire wrapped cones. How do I make these?
- Mary
Artistic Wire® Conetastic™ mandrels create custom wire cones and beadcaps for jewelry designs. See the resources below for links to this tool and how to use it.

Bezel mandrels and jumpring mandrels with multi-barrels can be used and produce a greater range of diameters in shaping wire cones.

An alternative to mandrels would be a form found around the house such as a pen tip, pencil tip or permanent marker tip. Another form would be a manufactured cone. Wrap the wire around this shape and create a larger diameter but similarly shaped wire cone. Use thick gauge round wire, such as 20, 18 and 16 gauge to create sturdy conical components.

You can also generate a wire cone by forming a spiral then popping the smallest coil up and out with round-nose pliers, expanding the spiral into a cone shape. Different sizes of spirals yield different lengths and diameters of wire cones.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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