Cross is one of the strongest symbols in the whole history of mankind. It is not only the symbol of Christ and his sacrifice but also a well known sign present in many cultures. It is much older than Christianity and its meaning differs depending on the historical period or civilization it comes .
I wanted to make a design which could be accomplished by all wire-workers, even those who are not able to solder. You don’t need a torch to make this cross, although I’ve given some tips for those who have the soldering skills. This tutorial requires some basic wire-working skills, including the herringbone wrap, so it makes it an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL PROJECT.
The process of making this cross is presented in 41 easy to follow steps and illustrated with 45 pictures.
List of materials and tools necessary to make a cross which measures 6cm by 4.5cm (2.4’’ by1.8’’):
15cm (6’’) of 1.0mm (18 gauge) hard sterling silver wire
40cm (16’’) of 1.0mm (18 gauge) fine silver or dead soft silver wire
150cm (60’’) of 0.4mm (26 gauge) fine silver or dead soft silver wire
100cm (30’’) of 0.25mm (30 gauge) fine silver or dead soft silver wire
two beads (I’ve used two sterling filigree beads: one oval 8mm by 5mm, one round 5mm) with a hole large enough for 18 gauge wire
27 sterling seed beads or any other beads measuring about 2mm in diameter with holes large enough for 20ga wire
one jump-ring (not smaller than 5mm in diameter)
flat nose pliers
round nose pliers
masking tape or thin wire leftovers
ruler and marker pen
optional – liver of sulfur, torch and soldering equipment
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NOTE: This tutorial explains how to make a cross presented in the first picture. All other pictures are examples of how you can use the technique described in the tutorial to make many more variations.