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A variation of the twisted wire technique, the branching effect gives your designs a fuller result.
Hair accessory (we chose a hair comb for this technique)
Crystal, Glass Beads, Semi-precious or other beads (we used 4mm crystal bicone beads for this technique)
17 feet - 26 gauge non-tarnish silver artistic wire
Chain Nose Pliers
Try making random lengths of branches throughout your twisted wire design.
For a fun look try using different shapes and sizes of beads.
Choose a crystal or bead color and size. We chose a mix of 4mm crystal bicone beads.
Anchor the wire by wrapping around one side of a component three times. We used a hair comb and 17 feet of silver wire.
String one bead onto the wire. We used a 4mm crystal bicone bead.
Measure the wire approximately 1" from the top of the hair comb.
The hole of the bead should be parallel with the hair comb. Measure 1" of wire down the other side of the bead.
Hold the wire about half way down the 1" length of wire.
Holding the wire in place start twisting the wire.
You have now formed one twisted wire branch.
Measure the wire approximately 1/2" from the bottom of the twisted wire.
Measure 1/2" of wire down the other side of the bead.
You have now formed your second twisted wire branch.
Twist the wire 1/4" down from the two twisted wire branches.
Twist the wire until you reach the end of the wire length at the top of the hair comb.
You have now formed your third twisted wire branch.
Repeat steps 2-20 until you have reached the end of your hair comb.
Wrap the wire around the end of the hair comb a few times.
To finish the wire wrap the end wire around the side of the hair comb three times to secure.
Cut the end of the wire with the wire cutters. Use chain nose pliers to squeeze both ends of the wires tight against the hair comb. There should not be any wires sticking out.
Add a small drop of Hypo Tube Cement to the ends of the wire and let dry completely. This will help prevent the ends of the wires from snagging.
Congratulations! You have now twisted wire branches onto a hair comb