Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff, Wire Weaving. Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. Learn how to use the Figure-8 weave to create this simple, yet elegant, cuff bracelet as well as how to add dimension to your swirls.

Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff

by Elizabeth Schultz
  • Category: Weaving
  • Technique(s): Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Learn how to use the Figure-8 weave to create this simple, yet elegant, cuff bracelet as well as how to add dimension to your swirls.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 23.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $3.53
  • Gold Club Price: $2.65
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $7.44
  • Gold Club Price: $5.58
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $0.77
  • Gold Club Price: $0.57
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Pliers
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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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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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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Round Hard Wood Bracelet Mandrel - 15 Inches
G7-33
  • G7-33
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Straight Steel Pick
CVR-400.30
  • CVR-400.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.95
  • Gold Club Price: $2.96
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Instructions
Step 1
(To make a small 6" cuff. Add 2" to create a medium cuff and 4" to create a large cuff.) Take a 10" segment of 16-gauge wire and gently hammer it flat with a chasing hammer and steel bench block.
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, flatten the wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, flatten the wire
Step 2
Then, grab (x2) 10" segments of 18-gauge wire and the 16-gauge wire and mark the center of each wire. Then mark 3" inches on either side from the center mark. (This will make the length 6" total to create a small cuff. (Add 1" for a medium cuff and 2" for a large cuff).
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, mark the wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, mark the wire
Step 3
Take one of the 18-gauge segments of wire and wrap your 28-gauge weaving wire around it 3 times to start the weave.

Then, stack the 16-gauge wire and the other 18-gauge wire on top and bring the weaving wire underneath the 16-gauge wire and back over top the other 18- gauge wire and wrap the weaving wire around it 2 times.

Then, bring the wire back up and over top the 16-gauge wire and then down and around the bottom 18-gauge wire 2 times.
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, wrap the fine gauge wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, stack the second wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave around the wires
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, weave around the wires
Step 4
Continue this weave until you reach the furthest sharpie mark on your wire. Trim off the excess wire when you've finished the weave.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, continue weaving the wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, continue weaving the wire
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, continue weaving the wire
Step 5
Curve the wire towards the center.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, curve the base wires
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, curve the base wires
Step 6
Trim the remaining wire, if necessary, to create even swirls.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, trim the wires
Step 7
Before swirling the wire, hammer the ends of the wire flat. This will help to add dimension to your swirls.
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, hammer the ends of the wires
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, hammer the ends of the wires
Step 8
Swirl the ends of the wires with your round-nose pliers.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, create swirls with round nose pliers
Step 9
Hammer the outer edges of the swirls, if desired, and lay them back onto the cuff.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, hammer the swirls
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, place the swirls against the bracelet
Step 10
"Pierce" the weave with an awl just under each swirl.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, pierce the weave with an awl
Step 11
Feed a 3" segment of 28-gauge weaving wire through the hole just below the top swirl making sure to secure the top swirl to the cuff.

Pull the wire through the hole underneath the bottom swirl and wrap the weaving wire around the bottom swirl and the midsection of the top swirl.

Wrap each tail end of the weaving wire around the top wire 3 times to secure the weave.
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, feed a wire through the weave
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, secure the swirl to the bracelet
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, secure the swirl to the bracelet
Step 12
Trim the middle 16-gauge wire ⅜" from the end of the weave and create a loop on each end.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, trim the middle wire
Step 13
Take a 3" segment of 18-gauge wire and hammer the end of the wire flat with a chasing hammer.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, hammer the wire
Step 14
File the hammered end smooth with a needle file.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, file the ends smooth
Step 15
Wrap the wire over top of a small bail making mandrel to create a hook and then use your round nose to create a small loop just beneath the hook. Trim off the excess.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, create a hook
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, create a hook
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, create a hook
Step 16
(Optional) Hammer the outer portion of the hook to add dimension and/or hammer it with a rubber mandrel to harden the hook clasp.
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, hammer the outer curve of the hook
Step 17
Attach the hook to the cuff through one of the loops at the end.

Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, connect the hook to a loop
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, connect the hook to a loop
Step 18
Using a bracelet mandrel or a round object like a jar, gently mold the bracelet around it to create the cuff. (Optional) Hammer the cuff lightly with a rubber mallet onto the mandrel to help harden the bracelet.


And here's the finished piece!
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, curve the bracelet around a mandrel
Elizabeth Schultz's Olympia Woven Wire Bracelet Cuff - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven wire cuff bracelet