A simple way to make a big, beautiful bead-lace border is to use wire as the main material. There are many ways to use this technique, so we will just save some of these tips for later.
Wire borders have a kind of flavor that varies based on the way they are made. Some flavors are clear, some are rust, and some are soft and fuzzy!
This article will talk about how to make a plain wire border that is shaped like a cross. These can be used as guides for other borders!
Bullet point: What is the Wire?
The main material that makes up your wire border is going to be fabric.
Get your wire
When looking for wire, remember that cheap wire is often made from tin or copper alloys. These can containtin and/or wrapping can result in poor quality wire. Make sure to look for this!
If you want to get more fancy, powder-dye your wire before braiding. This creates a soft, smooth finish that is beautiful to look at!
How to make a beaded cross with wire
The easiest way to make a beaded cross with wire is to start with an eight-inch length of fine-to-medium gauge wire. You will need about four inches of this length for each loop you are making on your braid.
Begin by taking one end of the wire and creating a loop. Then, wrap the opposite end around the first end and continue braiding until your cross is eight inches long.
Choose your colors of beads
When working with wire, choose your beads with care. Some are better at preventing cut wires and other materials from getting through to the wire.
Some colors of beads stick to other beads and create a web, making it more difficult for a wire to pass through. This is not a problem if you have all the right tools, though!
The most popular color families of beads are red, white, and gray. These Colors of Fabric create thousands of possible combinations. When choosing which ones you want in your bead project, pick these ones based on what they look like, what they’re used for, and how many projects you want into your life.
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Measure the length of your wire needed for the cross
When weaving a cross with wire, you must specify how long your wire is. This is measured in feet. Your cross will look more like inches, but in the event of an error, this must be remembered.
Your cross will look more like a ladder when it is long enough to be on top of the other one. It will also look more like a stairway when it is long enough to cover both sides of the cross.
Weave your crosses during the daytime for easier tracking of your shadows! Nighttime crafts are much harder to do because ofogun shadows.
Use a ruler or lengths of wood to measure your cross if you have trouble getting accurate measurements at night.
Twist the ends of your wire together
When you create your wire cross, you must twist the ends of your wire together. This creates a ring of twisted wire around your body.
To do this, hold one end of the wire with your right hand, and then hold the other end with your left hand. Then wrap the two sides of the wire around each other several times to twist it into a ring.
This action pulls some of the metal out of the rod and twists it into a ring. When this happens, it makes a very loud sound as it twists together.
Make a round bead at one end of your wire
When you have your cross piece, the next step is to add some texture. You can do this by adding a second cross piece of the same size and spacing as your first one.
You can also add a third or fourth piece to complete the look you want. This is due to the fact that wire has many uses.
It can be cut into many different lengths, joined with either wood glue or by fashioning it into a ring or other shape. It also can be formed into a circle or other shape before joining with the other materials.
Create a square bead at the other end of your wire
Now let’s add some more detail to our wire. Add another square bead at the other end of your wire. Now create a longer, curved wire segment that meets the first one at the bottom.
Continuing, add yet another square bead at the other end of your wire and now create a ring of holes around it. This is your circle!
Now add some black thread to connect all of your changes in thickness and you have yourself a beautiful beaded cross!
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Continue making square beads along the length of the cross
Now that you have made the bottom half of your cross, it is time to make the top half. Start adding more rows of round beads to make the peak.
Add in some flat, round beads to make the curved shape and finish off your cross.
How to Make a Beaded Cross With Wire
Making a cross with wire can be tricky. Some methods require more steps than others. Fortunately, this article will help you out!
Method One: Starting at one end and Crossing Over at the Other End
The easiest way to make a beaded cross with wire is starting at one end and crossing over at the other end. This method requires only two steps: taking your start row and ending on the same row!
Finish with a final round bead
When the wire is long enough, it is time to add the last round bead. This can be done in many ways, but we will only discuss one here.
You can use a jump ring to start the bead. You can then add a link, a ring, and a ring-and-a-sloapack, or you can add two rings and a sloapack. The last method does not require a jump ring because there is no gap to close when pulling the two rings apart.
Either way, both methods require that the last round bead be smaller than the other components. If it is too large, it may not fit into any of the components once assembled!
The correct size should be about one inch in diameter and look like an upside down flower with its petals removed.