Natalie Patten's Braided Wire Cuff, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. Learn how to make this beautiful, plaited bracelet and design your own style of twists and curls to make each one unique.
Braided Wire Cuff
by Natalie Patten
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Spirals, Weaving
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Learn how to make this beautiful, plaited bracelet and design your own style of twists and curls to make each one unique.

Materials

20 Gauge Half Round Half Hard Nickel Silver Wire
H7-20HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $3.91
  • Gold Club Price: $2.93
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African Turquoise 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-734
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.30
  • Gold Club Price: $4.73
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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4 Inch Wire Jewelry Cushion Clamp - Pack of 1
G10-2
  • G10-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.95
  • Gold Club Price: $7.46
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut 6 lengths of 0.8mm/20 gauge wire at 30cm each (approx 12").
Step 2
Straighten each wire (using nylon coated pliers or a cloth).
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Step 3
Clamp the wires in a ring clamp or tape them together side by side running parallel to each other, approximately 2.5 inches from the end.
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Step 4
Part the wires in the middle, into two groups of three.
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Step 5
Taking the inner most wires twist these two wires over each other once.
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Step 6
Take two from one side and bring the over in the direction of the wire (for example the wires on the right are following the direction of the closest twisted wire which is over the top).
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Step 7
Bring the other two in the opposite direction (in this case the left wires are going underneath in the direction of the inner twisted wire).
Make sure each group of these three wires stay sitting next to each other not crossing over.
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Step 8
Twist over the new inner most wires.
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Step 9
Bring the two wires on the left over in the direction of the inner twist.
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Step 10
Bring the wires on the right over the opposite side.
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Step 11
Keep repeating this process until you have the length you desire.
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Natalie Patten's Braided Wire Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, braided wire cuff
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Step 12
Remember to smooth your wires as you go, keeping the braiding tight and wires close to each other.
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Step 13
When you reach your desired length (I have braided to a length of 6.5 inches) use nylon pliers to straighten and flatten out the braid, if it's started to curve to a slightly angle.
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Step 14
At this stage (optional) you can also use a jewelry hammer and block to harden the wire and flatten the weave, by hammering along the braid.
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Step 15
Remove the clamp or tape and using the remaining 2.5 inches at the end of the braid, slightly separate out the outer wires.
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Step 16
Bring one outermost wire under and one wire from the other outer side over to bring them into the center and lock the braid in place.
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Step 17
Add one 6mm bead to the top wire, now positioned in the center of the braid.
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Step 18
Curve this wire around the bead bringing it underneath the braid.
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Step 19
Take the top two remaining wires (those shown on the right-hand side) and curve them fully around the bead in the opposite direction, keeping them next to each other.
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Step 20
Bring the wire that the bead is threaded onto and wrap it twice around the neck of the bracelet/braidt twice, trim off the end so that it is on the outside/top of the cuff, and tuck down with pliers.
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Step 21
Bring the other three wires on the left-hand side around the top, curving them together, next to each other, wrapping around the braid, cutting off the excess and tuck in against the braid.
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Step 22
With the two swooped wires, closest to the bead, bring these around the braid to secure and bring down the length of the braid and spiral with round-nose pliers.
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Step 23
Position these spirals over the top of the cut off ends and press them flat against the braids.
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Step 24
Repeat step 15 onward on the opposite end of the braid.
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Step 25
You can create a variety of twists and swirls to suit your design.
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Step 26
Shape the braid into a cuff by curving gradually from the middle out with your fingers or with a bracelet mandrel or something cylindrical.
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Step 27
Remember wrists are more oval shaped than perfectly round, so you can mold the cuff and shape it directly against your wrist.
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