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The elegant herringbone technique turns an ordinary bead into a stunning link.
Bead(s) with a center drilled hole
Wire (we used 26 gauge sterling silver wire)
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Try using different colors and gauges of wire.
Try using different sizes and shapes of beads
Cut a 15-16" piece of wire. Make a wire wrapped loop on one end. Wrap the wire around doubling the amount of wraps you will want in your wire herringbone weave. For example we are making 10 wrapped coils which will equal 5 wraps around the bead. Refer to the wire wrapped link technique
String a bead onto the wire.
Repeat Step 1 for the other end of your wire. Make sure there are an even amount of wrapped coils on both sides of the bead. We have 10 wrapped coils on both sides. Do not cut the tail of the wire, you will be using it to form the herringbone wraps.
To begin the herringbone weave form the wire around one side of the bead. Lay the wire over the top of the first wrapped coil.
Make one wrap around the wrapped coil.
Form the wire around the other side of the bead. Lay the wire over the top of the second wrapped coil.
Form the wire behind the wire on the first side of the bead. Lay the wire over the top of the wrapped coil.
Form the wire behind the wire on the second side of the bead. Lay the wire over the top of the wrapped coil.
Continue repeating the pattern until you have reached the tip of the coil. We have made 5 heriingbone wraps.
To secure make one extra wrap around the wrapped coil.
Using wire cutters cut the tail end of your wire.
Make several wire herringbone weave links and link them together for a necklace, bracelet or earrings. Also, try linking them together with wire wrapped links.