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    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

More Adventures in Woven Wire Bails


About this design:

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"


Read the comments (or add your own)

  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 - 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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