I never had long hair as a child so my mom never braided my hair and there was no reason for her to teach me how to do it to anyone else.
So, tonight I got my first braiding lesson....only with WIRE!
at Ja Dey Beads that opened about a year ago down the street from my house.
The object of the class was to take 20 gauge wire cut into 9 strips, each about 36" long, tape them down perfectly straight at the top of some painters tape to keep them all straight and then clamp that section down.
once everything is tightly down you begin by taking three strands of wire from one end, three in the middle and three on the other end and braid
I thought I'd brought enough silver Artistic Wire with me but I hadn't, so I decided to add a second color in....copper. Interestingly....The 20 gauge copper and the 20 gauge silver came from different manufacturers and the silver was considerably more sturdy and weighty. That's why I am a fan of Artistic Wire!
Anyway...moving right along....our teacher Debbie showed us how to make everything tightly pulled and professional looking....which is, of course, not the way anyones actually came out !!
At least not the frst time you try it !
we all kinda struggled but walked away very happy anyway.
I could easily spot the flaws...but that was so unimportant in the big scheme of things...I learned the technique and I'm super excited. One day it's gonna come in handy on something I'll make and I'll be so glad I learned it.
Jackie, the store owner is a wondeful gal
she busied herself making things with left over wire
I brought my braid home and will give much thought to how and what I want to do with the end strands.