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Wire-weave technique: Double-plus-one 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 three frame wires. You’ll need approximately 24 in. (61 cm) of weaving wire for 1 in. (25.5 mm) of weave.
Double weave ribbon plus 1 step 1
Step 1
Start by weaving a double-weave ribbon. Weave six times. When you get to step 4 (wrap once completely around the top frame wire) on the sixth weave, add the third frame wire at the top. The new frame wire should sit in front of the weaving wire. This new wire is now the top frame wire.
Double weave ribbon plus 1 step 2
Step 2
Wrap the weaving wire completely around the top frame wire.
Double weave ribbon plus 1 step 3
Step 3
Bring the weaving wire toward you and over the top of the middle wire, then around the middle wire.
Double weave ribbon plus 1 step 4
Step 4
Weave toward you over the middle and the bottom wire and then wrap completely around the bottom wire.
Double weave ribbon plus 1 step 5
Step 5
Repeat steps 1–4 until you reach your desired length.
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