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Wire-weave technique: Double-weave ribbon

The wires used in this style of weaving fall into two different categories. The frame wires give a piece of jewelry its form. After being shaped, the frame wires remain mostly stationary while the weaving wire wraps around them. The weaving wire is usually at least two gauges thinner than the frame wires. It holds the frame wires together and creates various textures. To create the braided wire bracelet, you’ll use 18-gauge (1.0 mm) wire for the frame wires and 26-gauge (0.4 mm) wire for the weaving wire. For these tutorials, I used copper wire for the frame wires and green craft wire for the weaving wire to increase visibility.

NOTE: If you’re right-handed, hold the piece you are working on in your left hand and weave from left to right with your right hand (as shown in the photos). Work in the opposite direction if you are left-handed. The direction to wrap the weaving wire is always under the frame wires and away from you, or over the frame wires and toward you, regardless of which hand you use.
 
This ribbon is made with two frame wires. You’ll need approximately 12 in. (30.5 cm) of weaving wire for 1 in. (25.5 mm) of weave.
Single plus one ribbon weave plus step 1
Step 1
Place two frame wires side by side, leaving approximately 1⁄16 in. (1.5 mm) of space between them. Slip the end of the weaving wire between the two frame wires so that a short tail sticks up.
Double weave ribbon step 2
Step 2
Hold the tail with the thumb of your nondominant hand and wrap the weaving wire around the top (farthest from you) frame wire twice. Next bring the weaving wire toward you over the top of both frame wires.
 
Double weave ribbon step 3
Step 3
Wrap the weaving wire once completely around the lower (closest to you) frame wire, then run it away from you under both frame wires.
 
Double weave ribbon step 4
Step 4
Wrap the weaving wire once completely around the top frame wire and then bring it toward you across the top of both frame wires.
Double weave ribbon step 5
Step 5
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach your desired length.
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