Picture of Viking weave necklace and bracelet
Similar to French knitting this is a surprisingly easy way to make woven wire cord for bracelets and necklaces!
I was looking for something interesting to make for my better half as a Christmas present and I stumbled across this very old method of wire weaving:

A quick search gave many tutorials, the following was great:

It would make an excellent valentines gift!
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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  • Mandrel
    • Something tubular and sturdy to weave around.
    • I used a 10mm drill bit.
  • Pulling board
    • This is a board with sequentially smaller holes drilled through.
    • I used 11mm-7mm holes in a pine off cut.
  • Pliers
  • Safety glasses
    • Flicking around the pointy end of a length of wire will end in tears (or ocular tears).
  • Wire
    • The weave in the front picture uses 20Ga.
    • For a first go try copper wire as it's often inexpensive.
    • Silver and gold coated copper provide an excellent combination of looks, bendyness and price.
  • Jump rings
    • Can be made with the same wire as the weave
  • Clasps

Step 2: Starting the weave

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Starting loops
  • Take a length of spare wire approximately 300mm long.
  • Bend it into a four leaf clover shape.
  • Wrap the ends together.
  • Bend the leaves around your mandrel. 
Your starting loops need to be secure enough to align the first couple of rows and are used to pull the finished weave through the sizing block. Once your weave is finished you will need to unwind these loops.

Step 3: Weaving

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  • Bend your weaving wire 90o about 25mm from the end.
  • Hook this though one of your starting loops from back to front (see picture).
  • Take the other end of your weaving wire and loop from back to front on the next starting loop (see picture).
  • Don't worry too much about the tension, just keep the loops running parallel down the mandrel.
  • Continue until you run out of wire.
Guzberi5 months ago
Great job, thanks for this.
I know where I have some copper wire to try this out ?
One question if I can,
Right at the start, a section of the wire is left inside the weave, Is it worth forming a loop on the pointed end of the wire to stop it from poking through the weave when the piece is finished, or, does this just not happen?
cbm104 (author)  Guzberi5 months ago


Good idea, it wouldn't hurt to bend the end over, I don't think that bit has poked through yet but if something can go wrong it probably will eventually :)

rose_adamaj5 months ago
Can't believe it took me so long to see this ible, better late than never! I can't wait to try this - and if my nieces don't already know about this, they will be very excited as well. Thank you, your pictures & instructions are excellent.
Catia661 year ago
Thanks for helping me, I was just looking for it!
Would a bead cap, instead of the cap here work? I've got a few that are just simple clover shapes here; but they have a really nice stamped texture on them.
cbm104 (author)  spellwing7772 years ago
Ah, yes they would work great! It would give the first end a nice finish. I hadn't seen them before, thanks!
mother's day present! :D thank you so much!
Woohoo!! 5 stars for this... There's too much awesomeness involved and it's perfect for Valentine's Day :DD
cbm104 (author)  nutsandbolts_643 years ago
Cool! glad you enjoyed it :)
raviolikid3 years ago
This looks like an interesting craft! I'll give it a try sometime. Thanks for the good directions!
cbm104 (author)  raviolikid3 years ago
Thanks, glad it's useful!