Instructables

Wire Jewelry Making - Basic Weaving Techniques

Featured
Picture of Wire Jewelry Making - Basic Weaving Techniques
This tutorial teaches a few basic weaving techniques. These techniques are very important to know when you first start weaving with wire. Most weaving projects you encounter will incorporate some form of at least one of these techniques.

For this tutorial, I am using 16g wire for the frame wires and 26g wire for the weaving wire. I’m using these gauges to better show the detail in these weaves. That is why this tutorial calls for those two gauges of wire. If you would prefer, you can use different gauges for your practice work. Just keep in mind that the weaving wire gage should be 8-10 numbers higher than the gage of the frame wire.
 
Materials:
·  16g round practice wire (dead soft or half hard)
·  26g round practice wire (dead soft)
 
Tools:
·  Wire Cutters
·  Flat Nose Pliers

 You can find more of my tutorials, both free and paid, on my website, http://gailavira.com
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Weave 1

Picture of Weave 1
Materials:

    * 2 pieces 16g wire, at least 5” long
    * 2-3’ 26g wire

 

Step 1

 
Wrap the 26g wire onto one of the 16g wires 4-5 times to secure the wire.

Step 2:

Picture of
Step 2

 
Place the 2nd 16g wire next to the first. Bring the weaving wire underneath the 2nd wire. Then pull it up over the 2nd wire and back up underneath the first wire.

Step 3:

Picture of
Step 3

 
Bring the weaving wire up over the 1st wire again, then back under the 2nd wire. Notice you will be weaving in a “figure 8” pattern.

Step 4:

Picture of
Step 4

 

Continue weaving as in the previous steps until you have about 1-2” of wire left.

 
Note: in some tutorials, you will be told to leave more than 2” of weaving wire at the end, depending on the type of project.

Step 5:

Picture of
Step 5

 
Secure the end of the weaving wire by wrapping it around one of the 16g wires a few times. Cut the weaving wire close to the 16g wire and press it flat with your flat nose pliers.
jargabrite2 months ago

These are beautiful pieces, I have been looking to expand my,jewelry making skills and always loved he look of the weaving. This is the best tutorial I have come across, I will continue to,follow your tutorials . thank you for instructions an inspiration

passiontiger5 months ago

This is the first thing I have ever wrapped thanks to your instructions. I never even did hair wraps. :)

Thanks for these instructables.

2014-01-25 21.26.17 (2).jpg
lfincher8 months ago
thank you for sharing this info .starting my 1st wire woven pendant today
bobzjr1 year ago
Thanks for posting instructions. I often wondered how this was done. I'm intrigued with the "rule-breaking" of using a stiff material (wire) instead of a traditional soft (various fibers). I learn some of the best stuff by borrowing someone else's glasses!
chhaya.ipr1 year ago
GR8
stampin1 year ago
An excellent tutorial. It will be easy to use your instructions to make something that looks very complicated. Thank you so much for sharing.
ginamed1 year ago
nice and easy to understand tutorial thank you
lenoch12 years ago
Wow this is so beautiful, I am going to start doing it right away, I was going to get into using the metal clays and making my own findings but it was going to cost 1300.00 just to get started and I just don't want to spend that much on something I might not have the talent for. This I can do and I will start tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing this, when I make something I will send you a pic if you would like.
mikeasaurus4 years ago
Looks neat, I love the effect of woven metal.
Any chance you can post a picture of this technique as it is applied to some jewelery you've created?
Gailavira (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
Sure. These pictures include all the types of weaving mentioned in the tutorial. These are only a small sample of what can be done using these techniques.
danceone.JPGempress1.JPGeternityone.jpggoldenquartzdonutb.jpg
When I saw these, my jaw legitimately dropped.
wow!
The finished product looks much different than I had thought! I love how it blends an organic look with industrial material, I am truly impressed!

You must have a lot of patience to complete any jewelery, but his.. this takes it to another level. You are a master of your craft.
cokecola3 years ago
When weaving across an open space, how do you keep the weaving wire snug and the space between the 16 gauge wires consistent?
Gailavira (author)  cokecola3 years ago
The only thing I can tell you is practice. It takes a lot of trial and error to get it right.

I had seen some other people suggest stringing a bead the same size you want the gap to be between the two wires and slide it along as you weave, but I've never tried that before, so I'm not sure how well it works.
just smile4 years ago
that is a good plan to make a heat exchange . if you use pipes instead of copper wire for the large wires and then threaded the small wires lke you did it would sink the heat very well. peace out!
greatoak4 years ago
O-M-G! Your work is AMAZINGLY beautiful!!!! I have to try this. My wife would love it!!!!

Thank you SO much for explaining this.
That looks amazing!
Scott_Tx4 years ago
Everytime I looked at a pictured I'd think... and now time to solder :P