Online Class

Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics & Beyond

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Mix and match essential wire-weaving techniques to create beautiful custom jewelry!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Sarah
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Sarah Thompson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Achieve success wire weaving bracelets in a variety of styles with step-by-step guidance from artist Sarah Thompson! Learn versatile techniques that will become the foundation for any wire-weaving project, beginning with the figure-eight and modified Soumak weaves. Sarah shares the secret to achieving tight, consistent weaves, and shows you how to incorporate thicker-gauge wire and texturizing techniques into your work for enhanced dimension. Explore layering and "sewing" methods to create elegant woven bands and decorative adornments, and learn how to securely attach an elegant bead or crystal to your design. Then, bring your bracelets together with a handmade articulated clasp or hook-and-eye closure. Along the way, Sarah will share foolproof tips for sizing; troubleshooting kinked, knotted and broken wire; and even completing your pieces with a sophisticated antique finish.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Wire Weaving
Meet jewelry artist Sarah Thompson and preview the gorgeous woven bracelets you'll create in class, then begin with the basics. Find out what type of wire works best for base and weaving wires. Practice the simple figure-eight weave, plus, get tips for preventing kinks in your wire.
2. Modified Soumak Weave
3. Articulated Clasp
4. Weaving Different Textures
5. Shaping & Assembly
6. Freeform Layering
7. Design Options & Finishing

Recommended with this class

  • 14- to 30-gauge copper or fine silver wire
  • Lampwork beads, pearls, crystals, stones or other similar embellishments
  • Beading awl with a very sharp point

Taught by

Sarah  Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson has been creating jewelry since she was 14, and has been immersed in the world of wirework since 2005. She teaches wire-weaving workshops in her hometown of Spokane Valley, Washington, and sells her custom designs in her popular Etsy shop.

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