Monday, October 24, 2016

Over the Moon- Weaving with a Moonstone

I love moonstones. I love the beautiful blue color flash. I love the movement of color in the stone. What I don't love is the cut that you usually find on moonstones. Like labradorites, they usually have a rounded over, thick girdle. That cut is not the best for traditional wrapping.

I took me awhile, but I finally found some really nice large rainbow moonstones. They came from a seller in India, so they had that thick cut. They also came with a thick price tag. I feel they are worth it, though.

What to do about a wrap? I couldn't do my usual traditional wrap. So, I went in search of a wrap that would work for it. That search took to me to youtube where I found a weave which would work. Youtube is a great place to find wire wrapping tutorials. I felt a little guilty using it because I seem to remember when the woman who developed a very similar wrap came out with a tutorial for it. If you remember who that was, let me know in the comments. I have also done something similar, but the weave was a bit different.

I gathered copious amounts of fine wire and began my project. My stone is 44 mm tall, so I settled in for a long haul of weaving. The first thing I noticed was that the clamp used in the video was not going to work for me. The outside wire kept shifting around on me. So, I devised another way to hold the wires which also gave me a comfortable way to hold the work.

The space that I needed between my base wires was about as thick as a Popsicle stick. I took the stick, placed my base wires on the outside and bound them together with some 18g copper half round.

Weaving is not my forte. Not because I can't do it, but because it really hurts my hands and I find the repetitive motion boring. However, one must sacrifice for beauty, so I got to it.

My improvised tool made starting with the correct distance between the wires easy. Keeping it even was the challenge. If I weren't experienced with handling wire, it would have been much more difficult. That is where the clamp had an advantage, you could move it. I managed, though, and after a very long time with many hand breaks, I was finished with the first weaving portion of the wrap.

I could tell that I would be doing the top differently. I am a stickler for tight wraps. The way that was done in the video didn't seem to join the two woven ends very tightly. I ended up doing it my way. I brought the 4 base wires together. I then bent the back wires down to join the front wires and used a weave wire to fasten the 2 back edges of weave together. Next, I bent the now forward facing wires up next to the front wires and wrapped them. Now, all four wires were tight together. I turned down the middle wires to form two spirals and finished off the bail, attaching it to the back with weave wires. It was finished.

Even though I did it a bit differently, it still ended up looking about the same. The challenge now was to photograph the moonstone. These are a lot like opal to photograph. In other words.... difficult. After taking many pictures in my light tent, I settled on these. You can bet, though, the moonstone is 100 times more bright and beautiful in person. The color covers the full face of the stone.

I took a couple quickie pictures at the kitchen table that show the stone a little better.

And that, folks, is the most weaving that I will be doing for a long while. :) Weaving is beautiful, but not something for these old hands.

Thanks for reading and be happy.


  1. Tela, that stone is gorgeous and so is your weaving! You certainly did that stone justice. I'm so glad you posted, I always enjoy hearing from you!

    1. Hi Kate! Thank you. :) I missed blogging the last how many months. All of a sudden, I feel a need to. I guess, my writing muse kicked in. :)


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