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Dreamweaver bracelet

Make a woven-wire bracelet that incorporates a mixture of beads.

The earthy appeal of this bracelet fits right in with the handmade jewelry at markets and bazaars in many places around the world.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 8 1⁄2 in. (21.6 cm)

  • 180–200 2–4 mm beads in a mixture of colors
  • 76–80 2 mm spacers
  • 30 in. (76 cm) 16-gauge silver, gold, copper, or craft wire, dead-soft
  • 5 yd. (4.6 m) 24-gauge silver, gold, copper, or craft wire
  • 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) diameter mandrel, pen, or marker
  • tape
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Dreamweaver bracelet a
Photo a
1. Cut a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire. Fold it in half around a 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) diameter mandrel or the barrel of a pen or marker. Cross the wire ends, and twist them together twice next to the mandrel (PHOTO A).
Dreamweaver bracelet b
Photo b
2. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire. Using roundnose and chainnose pliers, make a small, tight spiral at one end of the wire, and bend the spiral back to make a hook (PHOTO B).
Dreamweaver bracelet c
Photo c
3. Cut 1 yd. (.9 m) of 24-gauge wire, and wrap one end around the 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire, keeping the wraps close together to form tight coils for about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm). Snug up the coils to the spiral, trim the tail of the 24-gauge wire, and flatten it against the 16-gauge wire (PHOTO C).
Dreamweaver bracelet d
Photo d
4. Overlap the spiral hook of the 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire on top of the twist in the 20-in. (51 cm) piece of 16-gauge (PHOTO D). Tape the wires together to keep them in place, if desired.
Dreamweaver bracelet e
Photo e
5. Weave the 24-gauge wire around the three 16-gauge wires by wrapping twice around an outer wire, once around the center wire, and twice around the remaining outer wire, keeping the wire bridge between the wraps on the top side of the wire frame. Turn, and repeat the wraps, but keep the wire bridge on the underside of the wire frame (PHOTO E). Continue the wraps for about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm), gradually increasing the distance between the wires of the frame. Every other row of wraps will have a bridge of 24-gauge wire on the top of the frame, while the alternating rows of wraps will have a bridge on the underside of the frame.
Dreamweaver bracelet f
Photo f
6. With the 24-gauge wire on the top side of the frame, pick up a 2–4 mm bead, and wrap around the center wire. Pick up a 2–4 mm, and wrap around the remaining outer wire. Work a row of wraps with the bridges on the underside. Work a row of wraps without beads, and work another row of wraps with the bridges on the underside (PHOTO F).
Dreamweaver bracelet g
Photo g

7. Maintaining the gradual increase in the distance between the outer wires, and adding an increasing number of 2–4 mm beads and spacers in each segment, repeat step 6 for about 3 1⁄4 in. (8.3 cm) (PHOTO G). The last row should have about seven beads and spacers in each segment. When necessary, end a 24-gauge wire by trimming and flattening the wire close to the frame, and add a new wire by wrapping it around the center wire and trimming and flattening the tail close to the frame.

8. Continue as in steps 6 and 7, but gradually decrease the distance between the edges of the wire frame, and decrease the number of beads and spacers so the second half of the bracelet is a mirror image of the first.

Dreamweaver bracelet h
Photo h

9. Make about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of wraps around the end of the frame, and make about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of wraps around the center wire. Cut the 24-gauge wire. Using roundnose and chainnose pliers, make a spiral at the end of the center wire, and make a hook as in step 2.

10. Twist the ends of the outer wires together twice. Using roundnose and chainnose pliers, make a spiral at the end of each outer wire, and bend them at 45-degree angles to the center spiral to form a catch for the clasp (PHOTO H).

11. Bend the bracelet to fit your wrist.

Tip!
If you want to place the bead bridges closer together, omit making the row of wraps without beads between the rows with beads in step 6.
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