Today’s easy bangle bracelet was inspired by one of my favorite jewelry bloggers, NorthShore Days. Natalie makes beautiful jewelry, and posted a particularly fabulous bracelet on Facebook. I used different beads for a different look (she goes for beachy, I go for bling, haha) but I used her basic layered idea to create this piece. (Which is okay, because I’m pretty sure she’s making up some of the cascading dangle earrings I posted on Tuesday.) Oh – but I digress! Back to the point: this memory wire bracelet is a great beginner project – it doesn’t take much in the way of supplies or special skills. You just need to find some beads that inspire you and fit your style – and I can point you in the right direction when you are choosing your elements in today’s post.
What you will need:
- Memory Wire (I used about 6 coils)
- Round nosed Pliers
- Wire Cutters (or if you plan to work a lot with memory wire, invest in memory wire shears, they are awesome!)
- Two colors of beads in various finishes, shapes, or even sizes
- Metal spacers
- A larger focal bead you love
- End caps to “frame” your focal bead
First, use your round pliers to form a small ring at one end of your wire. Memory wire is hardener to retain its shape, so you may have to muscle it a little.
Then, trim off several coils (as I mentioned, I used about 6) and begin threading your beads.
I had really no pattern or motive when I added my beads on. I did quite a few sparkly green rondelle beads, then added a metal spacer, and added about half a row of round white beads. I added another spacer and put on a few green pearls. Then I switched back to white, them more green pearls, more white, then just a few more green rondelles. Each time you switch colors, you can “divide” it with a spacer like these heishi spacers.
When it was time to add my focal bead, I added an end cap to either side of it to help it to stand out. Then, I looked back at the beads I had added, and re-created the pattern in reverse, so that the top of the bracelet would look very similar to the bottom, even if I didn’t follow any special pattern in making it.
The end result was a stacked two-tone look. Memory wire retains its shape, and will stretch a little to fit your wrist.
What do you think? These are a simple enough bracelet you can make some up as stocking stuffers or gifts for your girlfriends, or even have a craft night with friends! I’d love to see your version if you make one!