Beaded Bangle

I can’t believe that for as much jewelry as I make, I haven’t used memory wire before now.  I am hooked!  Check out this SUPER simple beaded bangle I whipped up:

This only took me about 15 minutes (half of which time I was just digging for beads that would go together).

What you’ll need:

  • Coordinating beads – they do not have to be the same.  I love that my beads are all different!
  • Memory wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Small pliers

How much wire you need will depend on how many beads you dig up, and how many times you’d like it to wrap around your wrist.  I ended up opting for two layers because of the size of the beads I chose, but if yours are smaller, you may want to go for three or even four wraps.

To keep them from sliding off the end, I used my small pliers to make a little curl on the end.  Memory wire is entirely unlike working with soft wires for wire wrapping – it’s hardened to retain its shape and strength, which makes a small loop a little difficult.  You’ll need to muscle it a little. ;)

Then, I just started adding beads, pretty much at random.

Once I liked the looks of two loops, I nipped off the other end and looped it, too.

 A note here – I didn’t account for the size of the large beads.  When I tried the wire alone on my wrist before I got started, it was the perfect size.  But the beads make it stretch out just a little once you put it on, so instead of my two ends being slightly overlapped, they are slightly gapped when I wear the bracelet.  Not really an issue, but you may want to try your bangle on and make sure you like it BEFORE you cut the wire. :) If I were to do it over, I’d probably add two more beads to the total length.  It doesn’t make or break the piece – just a suggestion!

I love having a great result with so little time investment! Now I’m dreaming up all kinds of memory wire projects… what kind of wire or cord do you like to use for your beading projects?

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Comments

  1. Natalie says

    Adrianne – I am hooked too!!! I love love love working with memory wire – its awesome. I love your bracelet too xxx Nat

  2. Jill says

    Girl – I want to come raid your jewelry stash! You always make the cutest stuff!! Love this one! I would go perfect with what I'm wearing today! =)

  3. Terry says

    Oooh, I love that black and white colouring as well. So sharp. Extra sweet that it was so easy.

  4. Bingo Buttercup Crafts says

    Fun beads! I love the different textures/prints you chose. A gal can never have too many accessories, and quick DIY ones are even cuter. ;)

    -Amberly!

  5. Kadie says

    Great bracelet!! I am LOVING the black and white/silver together. I have seen the memory wire used in headbands but not in a bracelet. What a great idea!

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