There is always something new to learn here in the Beadalon offices – part of the reason why I am so grateful to be in the position that I am in! Today, I learned more about the Soumak Technique of Wire Weaving. Wyatt White demonstrated this interesting technique with Beadalon German Style Wire and Artistic Wires in yesterday’s Facebook Live Video presentation.
He showed the basics here, and if you’re interested in kicking it up a notch, this is a great video that Wyatt did for Beadaholiqe that will take you through step by step. Wyatt mentions many different combinations of Wire to use for this technique, but a good place to start is with 16 gauge German Style Wire as the base wire and 24 Gauge Artistic Wire for the wrapping. After you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch it up as you’d like. Try using half round wire to wrap, use contrasting colors, even try to wrap with a thicker gauge wire over a thinner one! Try a single wrap, a double wrap, or a triple wrap. After you’ve prepared your straight wire, then you can use it to make a ring, a bracelet, or wrap a stone and make a pendant.
Wyatt White is a treasure trove of information, and we are so lucky that he shares his techniques and amazing designs with us. Check out the video for a quick and dirty demonstration of the Soumak Wire Weaving Technique, then practice and practice some more! I resolved to do more wire working in 2017, and this is definitely a technique that I’m going to try more of this year!