Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet

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.

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

What you will need:

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

  • 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.

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

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.

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

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.

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

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!

Easy Two-Tone Memory Wire Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow girl that turned out gorgeous.. I love the “bling” haha. Thank you so so much for the awesome shout out. I love memory wire bracelets. xxx Nat

  2. says

    Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. I have everything I need to make a memory wire bracelet or two, I just haven’t tried it yet. This post could be the inspiration I need.

  3. says

    This green and white bracelet turned out really beautiful. Im getting some supplies together tomorrow and Sunday afternoon will be the beginning of what I expect will be a love afair with memory wire and beads!

  4. Deborah McLaughlin says

    Absolutely gorgeous! I was inspired by Natalie to make memory wire bracelets a while ago and follow her blogs avidly…as well as yours!! You have made me want to reach for my wire and beads!! Thanks!! :-)

  5. Sheila Wilkins says

    Hi Adrianne,
    Thank you for another fantasticly stunning design. You introduced memory wire to me about 6 months ago and I haven’t looked back.
    I am booked in for my very first Craft Fayre on Saturday March 12th as a stall-holder. Guess what ????????? your memory wire tutorial made a dozen different wraps and will hold centre stage.
    Thank you so much.
    Lots of love
    Sheila
    in Rothwell, Northants, England.

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