One thing I really like about adding the side beads with a large center bead is that it looks like an evil eye. I think that look could probably be played up a little more in the design with your choice of beads.
How much wire you need will depend on the sizes of the beads you are using. The center bead for this project is a 12mm aqua faceted round bead and the sides are 4 mm faceted crystal beads.
I recommend you make a practice component using craft wire instead of sterling silver or gold filled. It will help you get the measurements down - and who knows, you may just like it more than you thought you would (speaking from personal experience there).
Cut a piece of 20g wire for the center - at least 3 inches long. Cut a piece of 24g wire for the herringbone weave - at least 9 inches long. Always better to be a little long, than short. Wrap the tail around the center wire at least one full turn so it is secure.
I just want to point out, some people will make wrapped loops on either side of the center bead before starting the herringbone weave. That's a good option that might be easier for beginners. I like the flexibility of moving the component around on the center wire - but try it either way to decide what you like best.
Slide the coil tight aginst the bead. With the long end of the wire, wrap around the edge of the bead to the other side. Cross the wire over the front of the center wire and wrap one full turn around the center wire.
Complete the first round of herringbone weave by wrapping the wire arond the other side of the bead, crossing over the front of the center wire and wrapping one full turn. This is a good time to trim the tail from the original wrap to keep it out of the way. Snip it as close to the bead as possible.
Add one 4mm bead to the side of the wire you just completed wrapping.
Bring the wire behind the prior wrap and over the center wire again, on top of the 4mm bead. Wrap one turn on top of the bead. Make sure you don't pull the wire too tight or the wrap will be pulled off center.
This is the front view of the wrap.
Repeat the process on the other side of the wire. Pick up a 4mm bead and then wrap the wire under the prior wrap on the side of the bead and over the top of the center wire.
Complete the wrap by bringing the wire under the prior wraps on the side of the bead, over the center wire and wrapped once around.
With both of the crystal bead in place, I make one more set of wraps around each end. You could do more, but make sure you have enough wire to keep the number of wraps on each side the same.
When you are satisfied, make one extra wrap and tuck the tail in the back of the component and trim. This is the back side of the herringbone weave.
The last steps are adding wrapped loops to each end to hang the component as earrings or a pendant. I like to use a wire wrapped loop.
Repeat with another wrapped loop on the other side.
I added earwires to these, but still need to add dangles to finish them.
One thing that you should know about herringbone weave - it is easiest to work with round beads. The beads can turn inside the woven frame and it doesn't make any difference to how the design looks.
Sometime in the future, I'll cover the ins and outs of using flat stones like the moonstone in the center or using multiple stones like the stacks of rondelles.
And to all you mom's out there - Happy Mother's Day!
I guess that gives me one more chance to show off my beautiful kids again (a couple of fur babies are missing). There is a free tutorial to make the beaded photo cabochons.
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