Braided Wire Bracelet

Instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

Braided ring made out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry tools.
Braiding wire for jewelry making is not significantly more difficult than braiding string, and is probably easier than braiding your own hair.  Making jewelry out of braided jewelry wire requires learning how to wrap the ends so that the wire ends are covered and to provide a loop for connecting to your clasp.   


Braided wire bracelet made using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Braided Wire Bracelet

    Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 60 inches of 26G jewelry wire, 66 inches of 24G wire or 72 inches of 22G jewelry wire
  • 12 inches of 24G jewelry wire
  • 1 filigree clasp for a single strand bracelet
  • Two medium jump rings
  • Masking tape or other non-marking tape
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (preferred) or Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • 3 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig jewelry tool to make braided wire
  • Ability to wrap fine gauge wire to fix the ends of braided wire. 
  • Ability to open and close jump rings to connect a clasp to a bracelet.

 

Step-by-step instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

This jewelry making project will make a braided bracelet about 7 1/2 inches long.    

Step 1:  Cut and straighten three 20 inch long segments of 26 gauge jewelry wire or three 24 inch segments of 22 gauge jewelry wire.  The delicate bracelet shown at right is made with 26 gauge jewelry wire.  If 22 gauge jewelry wire were used the bracelet would be thicker.  Obviously, 24 gauge would make a bracelet intermediate in size between these two. 
 

Braided Jewelry Wire Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Braided Bracelet

Step 2:  Make a "U" shaped bend in the center of each piece of jewelry wire. 

 



Step 3:  Position three metal pegs in a row on your WigJig Jewelry Making Tool.  As shown at right, place your three "U" shaped bends on the pegs on the jewelry making jig.  Now position two metal pegs about 1 to 1 1/2 inch from the first three pegs.  Place your wire around these two pegs as shown at right. 
 


Instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool

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Step 4:  Now, using masking tape or other non-marking tape (preferably blue painters tape), tape the wire down between the three pegs and the two pegs.   Because we will be pulling against these pegs as we make the braid, the pegs will want to pop out unless the jewelry wire is securely taped. 


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Step 5:  Now we begin to braid.  The jewelry wire shown at right is 22 gauge as opposed to the 24 gauge used in the bracelet in the previous section.  Start by moving one of the outside wires over the wire in the center so that the wire you just moved becomes the center wire.  Then move the wire on the opposite side over the center wire, so that it becomes the center wire.  In the picture shown at right, the next step is to move the red wire over the blue wire, followed by moving the white wire over the red wire.
 

Step 5 to Braided Wire Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.
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Step 6:  Continue braiding until your braided wire segment is about 6 1/2 inches long.  Concentrate on keeping constant tension on the jewelry wire as you braid.  Also concentrate on keeping the two wire segments in each color together and parallel.  Don't allow the two wires of the same color cross one another.
 

Step 7:  When you have completed the braid, remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  After removing the wire from the jewelry making jig, by hand, straighten the six wires on either end so that they are straight and parallel to one another.  You should have about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of straight wire on either end of a 6 1/2 inch segment of braided wire.


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Step 8:  With the braiding completed we need to finish the ends of the bracelet.  First,grasp the end of the braided segment with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the 6 wires about 75 degrees as shown in picture 8A.  Then grasp the wire near the bend, but on the end segment with six straight wires with your step jaw pliers or round nose pliers and make a "U" shaped bend in the wire as shown in picture 8B.  Next, using your flush cutters, cut the excess wire off about 1/4 inch beyond the "U" shaped bend.  See picture 8C at right. 
 


Step 8 to instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet using common jewelry tools. Step 8A

Step 8B to instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet using jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

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Step 8C to instructions for making Braided Wire Bracelet using common jewelry tools.

Step 8C

 

Step 9:  At this point we need to wrap fine gauge wire around the braided wire to fix the shape and cover the cut wire ends.  Square wire or 1/2 round jewelry wire is great for this, but if you don't have that, 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire will work.  Wrap the wire tightly.  The wire shown at right is 24 gauge jewelry wire used to finish the loop.  Finish both ends of the braided wire the same way.  The braided wire segment should now be about 6 1/2 inches long with a loop on either end. 


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Step 10:  Now we add the clasp.  Open a medium to large jump ring and use this jump ring to connect the clasp to the loop in the end of the braided wire that you just completed.  Then close the jump ring.  Repeat this process connecting the loop in the other end of the braided wire to the other side of the clasp. 

Step 11:  Gently bend the braided wire into a round shape either using a bracelet mandrel or by hand.  This completes this jewelry making project.  (If you have our WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool or our WigJig Electra jewelry tool, you can set up an oval peg pattern on these jewerly making jigs and use it to shape your bracelet into the desired shape.)

Please remember to practice this project in inexpensive wire.  This is a project that can be completed by beginners, but like riding a bike you will get better at it with practice. 

Finished Braided Wire Bracelet made out of brass jewelry wire.
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Braided RIng made out of brass jewelry wire. Braided Ring made using common jewelry tools

 

 

 

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