Twisting Wire - Branch Effect

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A variation of the twisted wire technique, the branching effect gives your designs a fuller result.
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Tip 1Try making random lengths of branches throughout your twisted wire design.
Tip 2For a fun look try using different shapes and sizes of beads.
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Step 1

Choose a crystal or bead color and size. We chose a mix of 4mm crystal bicone beads.

Step 2

Anchor the wire by wrapping around one side of a component three times. We used a hair comb and 17 feet of silver wire.

Step 3

String one bead onto the wire. We used a 4mm crystal bicone bead.

Step 4

Measure the wire approximately 1" from the top of the hair comb.

Step 5

The hole of the bead should be parallel with the hair comb. Measure 1" of wire down the other side of the bead.

Step 6

Hold the wire about half way down the 1" length of wire.

Step 7

Holding the wire in place start twisting the wire.

Step 8

You have now formed one twisted wire branch.

Step 9

String one bead onto the wire. We used a 4mm crystal bicone bead.

Step 10

Measure the wire approximately 1/2" from the bottom of the twisted wire.

Step 11

Measure 1/2" of wire down the other side of the bead.

Step 12

Holding the wire in place start twisting the wire.

Step 13

You have now formed your second twisted wire branch.

Step 14

Twist the wire 1/4" down from the two twisted wire branches.

Step 15

String one bead onto the wire. We used a 4mm crystal bicone bead.

Step 16

Measure the wire approximately 1/2" from the bottom of the twisted wire.

Step 17

Measure 1/2" of wire down the other side of the bead.

Step 18

Holding the wire in place start twisting the wire.

Step 19

Twist the wire until you reach the end of the wire length at the top of the hair comb.

Step 20

You have now formed your third twisted wire branch.

Step 21

Repeat steps 2-20 until you have reached the end of your hair comb.

Step 22

Wrap the wire around the end of the hair comb a few times.

Step 23

To finish the wire wrap the end wire around the side of the hair comb three times to secure.

Step 24

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.

Step 25

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.

Step 26

Congratulations! You have now twisted wire branches onto a hair comb

       

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