TUTORIAL: Eye-catching Herringbone Weave

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TUTORIAL: Eye-catching Herringbone Weave Pattern


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Jewelry: TUTORIAL: Eye-catching Herringbone Weave
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details





Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Pattern Description:

This Lesson is about learning the basics of creating jewelry with wire, using the versatile Herringbone Weave Technique; therefore, this tutorial is a "Must Have" for every Beginner Student!

You will learn:
- The Herringbone Weave Technique
- How to transform a herringbone weave framing your beads into lovely, innovative, gorgeous looking little "cages" showcasing your beads also how to link beads together in order to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
- How to straighten your wires before using them
- How to make your own eye pins (headpins with a loop at one end)
- How to open and close a jump ring properly so that to preserve its perfectly round shape
- How to attach a "caged" bead to an ear wire
- How to attach a clasp and an extender chain to a bracelet (it works just the same for necklaces)
- How to size your bracelets

However, as you will see in the materials list, the designs being rather versatile, one may opt to replace the materials and/or colors I used for these designs with those fitting best to one's taste. Once you have learned the Herringbone Weave Technique, it just rests with your imagination to make these designs your own.

As for the wires, again you have a wide range of options to choose from silver, silvery, golden, bronze to copper, the only thing you have to stick to being the given wire's lengths and gauges.

The jewelry designs that you see pictured here, will be used to demonstrate the practical applications of the technique. You will be guided from A to Z throughout entire process of modeling these designs, as full instructions on how to create each of them are given.

The tutorial is jam-packed with information, tips, advices on "how to", troubleshooting and even a Bracelet Size Guide, all these supported by 93 clear, full color pictures (mainly close-ups) with relevant, detailed instructions given right beside them, spread along 7 main steps, within 30 pages. I would suggest reading it on the computer and then pick out the pages that you want to print to have at hand while following along.

I am always available to answer any questions about the tutorial.

Please carefully read all tutorial pages before starting to make your own beautiful jewelries!!!

The dimensions given in Imperial System are approximate!!!

I hope you will enjoy the lesson.

Happy Jewelling!


  • 2 faceted gemstone beads of 12 mm diameter - any color that pleases you or, any beads, pearls, crystals of maximum 12 mm - your option
  • 5 agate beads of 10 mm diameter - any color that pleases you or, any beads, pearls, crystals of maximum 10 mm (3/8") - your option
  • 6 agate beads of 10 mm diameter - any color that pleases you or, any beads, pearls, crystals of maximum 10 mm (3/8") - your option
  • 4 pieces of ear wires
  • 65 cm (26") of 20 ga (0.8 mm) half-hard silver plated round wire for making 13 loop head pins each of 5 cm (2") or, 13 ready-made eye pins (loop head pins)
  • 2.21 m (7 and 1/2 feet) of 22 ga (0.64 mm) half-hard silver plated round wire for wrapping the beads
  • 9 jump rings of 0.4 mm or 0.5 mm plus few 'extra' just in case they might get "crooked"
  • 1 piece Lobster (Dolphin) clasp (size 10 or 12 mm) - or, delicate toggle clasp - your option
  • 5 cm (2") ready-made silvery chain as extender chain for the bracelet

You Will Also Need:

  • TOOLS:
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Bent chain-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Flat-nose pliers
  • Flush cutter pliers (any wire cutter would do)
  • Ruler (not shown)
  • Fine line permanent marker (not shown)

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