Masking tape Round-and iiai-nose piers Wire cutters Vise

Cylindrical dowel or mandrel. 2 in. in diameter

Superglue (optional)

The interlacing knots in Celtic designs are meant to mean "everlasting." as there are no beginnings or ends, and braiding is perhaps the simplest form of interlacing. Try experimenting with braiding different-colored wires, threading beads on alternate braids, or braiding a mixture of wire, ribbon, and leather. You'll be amazed at the variety of designs you can create!

Celtic Designs With Beading Wire Com


Vary the design fn- adding beads, replacing one of the wires with cord, or twisting wires together before braiding them and adding u bead-and-spiral terminal.

. Shape the braided bangle around a dowel or mandrel. {If you hoven't got a mandrel, you could use a small jar or can.)

1 . Cut nine 6-in. lengths of 20-gauge wire, three of each color. Place them together in three groups of three, with one wire of each color in each group, and bind the ends with masking tape. Secure the taped end in the vise, and braid the wires together, keeping the wires flat and the colors in sequence (see page 1 7). Remove from the vise and bind the untaped end with masking tape to hold the braid together.

4. Slip the coils over the ends of the bangle to cover the taped, cut wires and secure by squeezing the last ring tightly against the braided wire with your flat-nose pliers. If you wish, you can put a tiny dab of superglue inside the coil for extra security

. Make two coils of 20-gauge wire about A in. long, in the same way as when making jump rings (see page 16). Cut the wire off the spool, leaving about I in. extending. Curl the projecting ends of the coils into tight spirals (see page 15), then push them up flat against the coils to fill in the ends.

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