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Attach the bows EVERYWHERE!
When I'm upset, I have the urge to create something. Anything.

Anyhow, I've been stressed out and nervous about something recently so I released my frustration in the form of making something inspired by this pin . The top part with the bow caught my eye, as it was something that I thought I could replicate and transform with my skills.

I really liked my first one (the black one) and decided to make a matching one as to form a set for friendship necklaces, one for me and the other for my friend. I plan to give the silver one to her (we have an ongoing joke that of the two of us, she's the more "pure" one), but in the meantime I made a tutorial for making the bows.

Posted by Conn from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See Conn's 100 projects »
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  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 1
    Step 1

    To make the thick frame of the bow (that you'll be weaving on), begin by using your ruler and pencil to help you sketch it. Use your ruler and pencil to mark points at the 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2 inch places. Then sketch a shape like the one in the second picture above, using those marks as guidelines.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 2
    Step 2

    After you've sketched out the shape, use your pliers to trace that shape with your thicker wire (in my case, the 20 gauge wire).

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Grab your thinner wire (in my case, the 28 gauge wire) for weaving.
    Wrap the end of the wire around the top of the thick wire shape and cut off any excess.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then wrap the wire up over the opposite side of the frame.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wrap the wire around that side once.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Bring the wire up over the opposite side of the frame.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap the wire around that side once.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 8
    Step 8

    This is basically what you're doing.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat those steps again and again until you've gone down the entire length of the frame.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now grab your thin cylindrical object (I used a paintbrush) and curve the top portion (above the first bulge) down over the cylindrical object.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Then bend the middle (hourglass/bottleneck part) in the opposite direction (so the top part is bent toward you).

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 12
    Step 12

    Take the cylindrical object again and use it to bend the bottom bulge in the same way that you bent the first bulge.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here's the bow shape that you should have.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 14
    Step 14

    Insert the cut end into what used to be the top curve of the frame.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 15
    Step 15

    Pull the wire tightly and wrap the end around the middle of the bow.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 16
    Step 16

    To make the first end of the bow, see the picture for the shaping.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Wrap the end of your thin wire around the top of the end of the bow and begin weaving like you wove the first part of the bow.
    When you get to the corner shown in the picture, wrap the wire around TWICE before going back to the other side. Continue that until the weaving is not slanted as it looks in the picture, and then just go on normally.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 18
    Step 18

    When you're done, cut off the excess wire and use pliers to press the cut end as flat as possible.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 19
    Step 19

    Shape the thicker wire like shown in the picture.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 20
    Step 20

    Then weave that part like you wove the first end of the bow.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 21
    Step 21

    When the weaving is complete, cut off excess thin wire and flatten the cut end with pliers. Wrap the thick wire around the middle of the bow once, making sure that the two ends of the bow are as close to the top butterfly part of the bow as possible.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 22
    Step 22

    Cut the thick wire short, leaving just enough for curling into a loop.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 23
    Step 23

    Use your fingers to adjust the ends of the bow to your liking. Perhaps you want them spaced out and bent in some place; do any or all of that with your fingers.

  • How to make a wire necklace. Woven Bow Charm  - Step 24
    Step 24

    Repeat all those steps to make a matching pair if you want. You could use the set for a pair of earrings or alternatively do what I'm doing -- give the other one to a friend like a friendship token.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and want to try it out! Have a splendid day!

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Keri Plezia (aka;Miss Holley King)
Keri Plezia (aka;Miss Holley King) · Paw Paw, Michigan, US · 4 projects
I like this... inspiration in the air...
Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
Haha thank you!
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