Wire Braiding-- CuffsAugust 26, 2010
My latest technique is braiding wire! I saw this technique used while browsing Etsy and Artfire, figured out that it was just braiding, and decided to give it a go!
But I soon learned that it is not "just braiding". I couldn't find anything to attach the wire ends to... the wire needs to stay flat... and you have to BEND rather than twist while braiding.
This was my very first attempt. I clamped the wire in this thing Dad has in the garage... I'm not sure what its proper name is. I took a picture but can't seem to find it... (EDIT: It's called a clamp...)
My second braided strand-- this time I layered the three colors instead of having seperately colored strands.
One thing I found very helpful while braiding was to take each "strand" (which had two or three lengths of wire in it) and occasionally wrap a tie of wire on it. It helped tame the tangles.