This article originally appeared in the March 2015 online issue of Paprika Southern.
We love this Celtic-inspired wire-wrapping DIY for St. Patrick’s Day! We chose a green and orange color scheme to show our Irish pride, but this project is easily adapted to any season or holiday. Try our Celtic wire and bead bracelet DIY for a fun and easy introduction to wire-wrapping and beading–you’ll be sure to get hooked!
-18-22 gauge wire (you can use craft wire, silver plate, or sterling silver)
-assorted beads in colors of your choice
-side cutter wire cutter
-round nose pliers
Choose your beads.
Double the wire and measure a length of approx. 2 feet (depending on your wrist size).
Make a loop at one end and twist a few times.
Wrap double wire around your wrist to make sure the length is not too long.
Twist other end together to create a long twisted piece. Twist extra wire back down to the base of the twist and continue wrapping wire around the main wire to reinforce the structure.
Wrap extra wire around the base of the loop. Leaving about ½ inch. Using round nose pliers twist ½ inch into a swirl shape. Repeat on other side.
Over your bead mat, choose a centerpiece bead if desired and wrap wire to secure it in place.
Continue to wrap and place beads around the main structure. As you run out of wire be sure to leave about ½ inch to turn into swirl shape.
Use round nose pliers to create kinks along the wire in various places. This can be used to separate beads as well as preventing beads from moving around too much.
Continue to weave more wire through the bracelet using pliers to create kinks and swirls when you come to the end of the wire to fill in empty spaces.
Wrap bracelet around the wrist and bend the wrapped wire end into a hook. This will serve as the clasp to the loop at the other end.
Enjoy your bracelet!
Craft by Siobhan Egan / Photographed by Bevin Valentine Jalbert