Today’s project is one I shared at Crafts Unleashed last month – it’s a fun and easy bangle that is great for jewelry beginners because it uses memory wire – that means there are no clasps or findings to worry about. All you need to think about is what kinds of fabulous beads you want to use. ;)
I am loving turquoise this season, so I used a mix of turquoise beads and tube beads to create this look. I’ll show you how I made mine, but keep in mind that memory wire bracelets are very versatile – giving you the chance to create any look you love!
What you will need:
- Memory Wire
- Tube beads – 3 packs of 4 will make this look.
- Accent beads you love (I used a few inches of 4mm round Turquoise Shell Twister Beads™)
- Round-nose jewelry pliers
- Optional but helpful – Memory Wire Shears
First, using your round-nosed pliers, make a small loop at the end of your memory wire coil. This will hold your beads on as you work. If you are working of a large spool, you can cut about 4 coils off to make this bracelet. The memory wire I linked to above is pre-cut into coils of 4.
Begin threading your beads onto the coil. There is no right or wrong way to do it, but I added two shell beads between each tube bead. You may certainly use just one, or several!
If you find that the tube beads aren’t exactly the same curve as your memory wire, you may need to bend (or un-bend, as the case may be) your wire slightly to match the curve. You will only need to to this for a short length at the very beginning of your coil; once the beads are on, they will slide along just fine.
Once all your beads are threaded on, take your round-nosed pliers and make a curve in the end of your memory wire. This just ensures that your beads don’t fall off when you use the shears to nip off the excess wire.
Memory wire shears aren’t essential, but memory wire holds its shape because it is hardened beyond average jewelry wire. This make it easy to wear, but it’s not easy to cut with normal wire cutters. It can be done, but once I tried the memory wire shears, I’m so glad I got them. Memory wire is a lot of fun for bracelet-making, so if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably find them a worthwhile investment!
Finish making a loop in the end of your newly-cut wire, and that’s it! It’s ready to wear, or to give as a gift!