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More Adventures in Woven Wire Bails


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Last weekend I made my first woven wire bail using 20 and 22 G brass wire on a green glass bead. This morning I tried the technique in copper and silver artistic wire. Both are softer than the brass, and I must confess, they are larger becase the brass wire broke, so I had to finish it up with what was left (not to complain too much, because I like how it turned out, even if I did have to go with "Plan B") For the copper and pink pendant I used 20 G for the warps and 24 G for the weaving, and made the curly-ques from the 20G. For the silver and red pendant I used 20G for the warps and 24 G for the weaving, but the curly-ques didn't quite seem to suit, so I snipped them off and added additional 24 G wire and made a smooth look. All three pendants can be hung from a fat, black nylon omega. (normally one at a time, but I wanted to show you all three side by side)


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut 3 pieces of larger G wire, about 6-8 inches long.
Step 2:
Starting at least an inch from the end, wrap the smaller G wire around one piece of the lager G wire several times, then bundle all three larger pieces of wire together and wrap the smaller G wire around to secure.
Step 3:
Begin weaving the smaller G wire back and forth across the larger G wire until you have the desired length or until the wires tangle or break and you have to "go with Plan B"
Step 4:
Wrap the small G wire around the tree large G wires a few times, then fold the piece and wrap the small G wire around all 6 large G wires a few times. Secure the end of the small G wire within your work.
Step 5:
Take one of the large G wire tails down through a bead and make some curly-swirlys and secure the end. If the hole is large, you may need to feed a second wire tail in to keep the bead from spinning. In the case of the red bead, I used one tail of large G and one tail of small G. I made a simple wire look with the large G and then swirled the smaller G wire around it to finish.
Step 6:
Use the remaining wire tails at the top to secure the bead and make a decorative finish. Make sure that all the wire ends are secure so that they don't unravel or become "pokies"


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  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    These are amazing! Love the all! :D

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    What a lot of work. Very pretty. I am still partial to copper.

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    Orchid Betty says:

    All of them are beautiful, fabulous work!

  4. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Fantastic and beautiful all of them!!

  5. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Beautiful bails and beads!

  6. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    Beautfiful and thank you for the instructions… :)

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    K H says:

    Thank you and you are most welcome. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!! :)

  8. Celticcrossing
    Celticcrossing says:

    Great job!

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    Karen aka kidsauthor says:

    Love your work, very nicely done!

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    Ex pert says:

    Nice!! Still a bit sloppy tho. I’ll try it myself today and give you some tips….

  11. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Ex pert…not sure what you are trying to accomplish, but your comments are a bit out of line…if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you for handling that Susie. :-)
    Wanted to do something about all the negative comments but didn’t quite know how to approach it.

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I love the weaving! The beads are beautiful, organic, and not symmetrical and so is the wire–a PERFECT match!! Thanks so much for the how-to. I am going to try that this afternoon!! :) hugs!!!

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