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How to create a wirework bangle

How to create a wirework bangle

“Time to learn a new weave? This is a pretty zig zag weave that can add lots of detail to all your wirework projects. This tutorial shows you how to use this weave in a bangle design.” - Angela Finch

You will need:

  • 1mm silver plated copper wire
  • 0.4mm silver plated copper wire
  • Flush cutter
  • Flat Nose pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Purple Tape

Time to Make: 1 hour

Skill Level: Advanced

Step-by-step:

  1. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Measure your wrist, then cut 4 pieces of 1 mm silver plated copper wire of that length with the flush cutters. (I used 6 and a half inches) Line up the wires exactly with each other. Use some purple tape on one end to keep the wires in place. Make sure there is a little gap between the wires wide enough for the 0.4 mm wire to go through.
  2. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Use the 0.4 mm wire to wrap 2 loops around the base wire. (Work from the spool of wire, there is no need to cut it yet) It is helpful if you affix the tail of the wire with the purple tape. Use nails or pliers to make sure the loops are together. Then loop the wire over wires 1 and 2 (in the diagram), going behind the wires back to wire 1 and loop again over wire 2.
  3. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project The wire should now be behind wire 2. Loop in front of wire 2, and then up to wire 3. Now put the wire behind wire 3 and 2, then loop in front of the wire back to 3. Make sure that the tension is right, and that you constantly move the 0.4 mm wire loops so they are close together.
  4. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project The wire should now be behind wire 3. Do step 3, but this time use wires 3 and 4.
  5. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project The wire should be behind wire 4. Bring the wire down, so that it is behind wire 2. Then loop it to the front of wire 2 going up to wire 3. Then behind wire 3 down to wire 2. Loop the wire in front of wire 2 and up to wire 3.
  6. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project The wire is now behind wire 3. Bring it down to behind wire 1, then loop it in front of wire 1 up to wire 2. Then behind wire 2 and down to wire 1. Loop the wire in front of wire 1 then up to wire 2, and then behind wire 2, back down to wire 1.
  7. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Continue weaving steps 2 – 6, until there is an inch left of the 1 mm wires.
  8. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Wrap a couple of loops around wire 1, then cut the 0.4 mm wire with the flush cutters. Use flat nose pliers to secure the 0.4 mm wire to the 1 mm wire. Make sure there are no rough bits of wire. If there are, use the flat nose pliers again.
  9. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Use the round nose plier to create loops at the ends of all the 1 mm wire. For different lengths, cut a bit off the wire before creating the loop. At this point the wire may move up or down and make it look uneven. Gently pull the wires back to where they should be.
  10. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Gently use your fingers to bend the bangle around your wrist, make sure to leave a gap so that the bangle can be removed. If you have a bracelet mandrel, use that instead. You may wish to use your flat nose pliers after this shaping to make sure all the wires are still how you want them to look. Wash the bangle in warm water with washing up liquid to remove the stickiness of the purple tape, and the oils from your hands while you created it.