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Wire-woven brooch

Create waves out of copper wire in this wirework project
Wire woven brooch

Surround a gemstone focal bead with a wire-woven frame and faceted accent beads. Add a pin, and you have a brooch that’s ready to go out on the town!

See the instructions for the first portion of the project, making the pin and bead frame, below. For the complete project instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

Brooch 2 in. (51 mm) with 4-in. (10.2 cm) pin

  • Copper wire, round
    • 8 1⁄2 in. (21.6 cm) 18-gauge (1.0 mm)
    • 45 in. (1.1 m) 20-gauge (0.8 mm)
    • 12 1⁄2 ft. (3.8 m) 26-gauge (0.4 mm)
  • 1 32 mm gemstone focal bead, vertically drilled
  • 14–16 5 mm faceted beads

Tools & supplies 

  • Liver of sulfur
  • Paintbrush
  • Polishing cloth
Wire woven brooch a
Step a
Wire woven brooch b
Step b
1. Cut an 8 1⁄2-in. (21.6 cm) piece of 18-gauge wire. Use roundnose pliers to curve the wire (a) to create four petals. Use flatnose pliers to bend the stem of the pin away from the flower (b). If necessary, use pliers to straighten the stem.
Wire woven brooch c
Step c
2. Use a needle file to file the end of the pin to a sharp point, rotating the pin as you file (c).
Wire woven brooch d
Step d
Wire woven brooch e
Step e
3. Place the flower on a bench block, and hammer it to flatten and work-harden it (d). Lightly hammer the stem, rotating the pin as you hammer (e). You don’t want to flatten the pin stem, just work-harden it.
Wire woven brooch f
Step f
Wire woven brooch g
Step g

4. Cut a 3-in. (76 mm) piece of 26-gauge (wrapping) wire. Leaving a short tail, make three wraps between two of the petals at the top of the flower (f). String a 5 mm bead, and make three wraps between the pin stem and the adjacent petal (g). Trim and tuck the excess wrapping wire.

5. Cut three 12-in. (30.5 cm) pieces of 20-gauge (frame) wire. Lay them horizontally on your work surface so that they are parallel to each other.

Wire woven brooch h
Step h
Wire woven brooch i
Step i

6. Cut 45 in. (1.1 m) of 26-gauge (wrapping) wire. Starting 4 in. (10.2 cm) from one end of the top frame wire and leaving a short tail, make two wraps around the top wire from back to front. Guide the wrapping wire under the middle frame wire, and make two wraps around the middle wire from back to front. Guide the wrapping wire over the bottom frame wire, and make two wraps around the bottom wire from front to back (h).

7. Guide the wrapping wire over the middle frame wire, and make one wrap around the middle wire from front to back. Guide the wrapping wire under the top frame wire, and make two wraps around the top wire from back to front.

8. Continue working as in steps 6 and 7 until you have 4 in. (10.2 cm) of weave (i). Do not trim the wrapping wire or frame wires.

To read the rest of the step-by-step project instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Tip!
Keep your frame wires evenly spaced and not too tight; you’ll need to be able to feed wires between them later.
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