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Wrap With a 4-Strand Braid

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As a wire wrapper, I'm constantly looking for ways to make the wrap better, easier, and more beautiful. I think we've all tried using a braid to wrap stones but it's not always the most stable. I have really long hair and so I've done a lot of braid research - and it suddenly occurred to me to try to adapt a 4-strand braid for wire! After some experimentation I've pretty well perfected it - I can wrap the slipperiest stones in about six minutes! This technique gives you a solid foundation and allows for infinite diversions from the main steps to create a design that's uniquely yours. The brown beach glass shown in the promo photos is the exact one covered within the steps. I also include suggestions for several variations on the braid and how it can be applied in different ways. Hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed putting these instructions together for you. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY To complete this tutorial you should have basic knowledge of wire tools. I'll show you the rest!

Recommended with this pattern

  • round artistic wire- 20 or 22 gauge
  • a stone to wrap
  • a stationary hook

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Gayle Bird Designs
Gayle Bird Designs
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials. Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my love of colour has guided me to new discoveries. Now, over a decade of self-teaching has produced my distinctive, spontaneous style of wire-sculpted art jewellery. My pieces weave non-tarnish wire around a wide range of stimulating materials. The warmth of semi-precious gemstones, the unlimited, variegated colours of firepolished glass, and the fascinating textures & history of beach glass all lend their own character to each one-of-a-kind creation. In my steampunk-inspired line, the patina of vintage, salvaged materials contrasts sharply with the bright & modern designs in the surrounding wire. I love to create and I love to teach and share with others. I hope I can help you find a new technique or pattern you'll love!