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

  • 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

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.

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!