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!
Step 1: Tools and materials
- Something tubular and sturdy to weave around.
- I used a 10mm drill bit.
- This is a board with sequentially smaller holes drilled through.
- I used 11mm-7mm holes in a pine off cut.
- Flicking around the pointy end of a length of wire will end in tears (or ocular tears).
- 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.
- Can be made with the same wire as the weave
Step 2: Starting the weave
- 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.
Step 3: Weaving
- 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.