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TIRED OF LOOKING at page after page of messy, poorly finished, amateurish jewelry, then suffering through half-explained techniques? Want to walk away with new skills instead of a new ...

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Soutache Braid Bangle

from Shaktipaj Designs Tutorials
(5) Name: 'Jewelry :  Soutache Braid Bangle
 Soutache Braid Bangle
 Soutache Braid Bangle
 Soutache Braid Bangle

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an intermediate project. You should be comfortable with basic tools; have good basic wire handling skills, and be able to complete wrapped loops and coil wire. Resources for wire coiling are included in the tutorial.

Pattern Description:

Classic Soutache braid is a favorite among seamstresses for adding a touch of elegance to accessories. Now, we can easily adapt this beautiful weave into wire jewelry! You'll actually create your own basic, surprisingly simple tool to make this weave , well, SURPRISINGLY easy to make - no more jigs for us! PLUS a special BONUS section on how to add wire virtually invisibly!!!

For those of you who own my Celtic Braid and Cretan Braid tutorials - this weave is the same - but this is a MUCH easier, versatile, and inexpensive way to accomplish it!

Whether you are a visual learner or read all the text, this tutorial is for you! Presented in an easy to understand, step-by-step comprehensive format, with over 50 clear and close photos. Numerous tips and troubleshooting make this project easy to finish and help you create your own personal variations.


Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Materials will make a bracelet up to 9 in.


  • 7.5 ft. (230cm) 24g, dead soft copper wire, 47 ft. (14meters 33cm) 28g dead soft copper wire (enough to make two 33 in. (84 cm) coils), OR 52.25ft (16meters) 30g dead soft copper wire
  • 18in. (36cm) 20g craft or scrap wire
  • 6in. (16 cm) 16g dead soft or half hard copper wire
  • 3in. (8 cm) 18g or 16g dead soft or half hard copper wire
  • *OR* 2 (two) 7 or 8mm soldered jump rings and 3 (three) 4mm unsoldered jump rings or split rings
  • *OPTIONAL:* 14 in. to 18 in. .013 steel wire (I use a used guitar string)
  • TOOLS: Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 double pointed aluminum knitting needles in Size 2 (US) or 2.75mm
  • Nylon jawed pliers
  • an awl or fat pointed sewing needle in a pin vise (my personal favorite tool!)
  • Flush cutters
  • pencil or pen marker (will also be used as a mandrel)
  • Ruler with metric markings
  • *OPTIONAL: * Electric drill, .022 or .024 unwound steel guitar string or music wire , Rawhide or nylon hammer, bench block, file, sandpaper or rotary tool