DIY Wire Jewelry-Braided Bracelets

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If you are looking to get into the world of handmade jewelry, this tutorial is the perfect place to start! Learn, step-by-step, how to make an amazing braided wire bracelet.

Braided wire bracelet

Tools and materials:

  • Pliers
  • 17 gauge (wire diameter 1.1mm) 32cm (13 inch)
  • 23 gauge (wire diameter 0.6mm) : 6 x 50cm (20 inch)
Slide over the base wire

Start yourself off 

Start with the curved, thicker piece of base wire. Slide two curved pieces of the thinner wire onto it. 

Wire bracelet

Move the two pieces onto the other side of the bracelet base wire and then slide on the other four pieces of wire so that they are on the opposite side. 

Easy braided wire bracelet

The wires should look like this before you begin working to make the bracelet. Make sure that the thin pieces fall behind the base piece. 

Bend forward

First, take the two pieces at the top and bend them forward. Then tuck the rest of the wire behind the base piece on the left. Then take the next four pieces, bend them forward and tuck them behind the base wire on the right side. 

Check yourself

So far your bracelet should look like this. 

How to make a braided bracelet

In the above picture, you can see the different wire groups labeled as 1, 2, and 3. This will help as you begin to braid your bracelet. 

How to make a wire bracelet

Start braiding 

To start braiding, take piece 1 and bend it forward towards the left. Then just as you did before, make sure to put it behind the base wire. 

DIY braided bracelet

Continue braiding with piece 2 and then 3, making sure to tuck behind the base wire each time.  

DIY braided wire bracelet

This picture shows a zoomed-in version of the braiding process. Take the section that is highest, and bend it over towards the front. 

Easy braided bracelet

Then make sure to always tuck it back behind the base wire on the other side. 

Continue braiding

Continue the braiding process to make your bracelet longer. 

Easy wire bracelet

Measure to make sure your bracelet is the right length for you!

How to make a braided wire bracelet

Finish the bracelet 

To finish off the bracelet, you’ll need to get your wire ends to look like this.

Bend the middle piece

First, turn the bracelet over. Take the middle section and use your pliers to bend it forward. 

Wrap the top wire

Turn the bracelet back the other way. Bend the left piece towards the front around the base wire. Use pliers to wrap the top wire of that section around the base wire.

Cut the excess wire

Once that top wire is wrapped, use your pliers to cut the extra wire from that section. Go ahead and cut the excess wire from the first section that you bent as well. Use the pliers to tighten the wire piece you just cut. 

Repeat on the other side

Repeat the same on the other side for the last section of wire. 

Make two loops

Next, take pliers and create two loops on each end of the base wire. 

Check your work

Your bracelet end should look like this. 

Bend to bracelet shape

Use your hand to bend the wire and create the round bracelet shape. 

Open the clasps

To finish the bracelet, open up the two ends of the clasp

Attach to the loops

Attach them to the two loops you made.

Close the clasps

Then use pliers to close the two ends of the clasp tight. 

DIY wire bracelet

There you have it! An amazing braided bracelet! What other handmade wire jewelry do you want to try making? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Pliers
  • Copper wire

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