Hey guys! I finally had the time to dig into my September Blueberry Cove Bead Box, and I was so happy to see some beautiful autumn colors. I wanted a way to use as many bright beads as I could, so I decided almost instantly on making a simple memory wire bracelet. Memory wire is great for beginners, and it allows you to make a bracelet with many layers without fussing with special clasps or closures.
If you’ve been following along over the past few months, then you probably remember that I’ve partnered with Blueberry Cove Beads, sharing what’s in each monthly subscription box and showing you what I make with it each month. (Full disclosure: I do get my box free in exchange for sharing it with you guys. I don’t get paid, and they don’t tell me what to say or what to make.) But each month is a themed collection of beads and charms, sent to you automatically. September members of Blueberry Cove Beads opened up their boxes to find these autumn items:
I think it’s so fun to get the monthly surprise, which is why I have continued sharing these boxes with you each month! I used all the 6mm round beads, and a handful of the 8mm round beads, and added the following additional jewelry-making supplies:
- Bracelet Memory Wire
- 5mm Glue-on Memory Wire Ends
- Super New Glue
- Memory Wire Shears
- 8mm Metal Spacer Beads
I cut 4 loops of wire to begin with, with my shears. Memory wire is much harder than other jewelry wire, so it’s tough to cut – you can use regular wire cutters, but memory wire shears work much better.
To begin, add one bead, and a drop of glue to the tip of the wire. Glue on a memory wire end. You’ll likely glue the end bead to the memory wire end, and that’s fine – in fact, that will help to stabilize your piece.
Next, just thread beads on! I like to add about 6-8 inches of one color, then a spacer bead, and then another 6-8 inches of beads. I did add a few larger 8mm beads, all separated by spacers. There are truly NO rules when it comes to stringing beads, just create a pattern that you love! For the best look, overlap the beginning and the end loops by about an inch. When you’re happy with your design, cut off any excess wire, and glue a final memory wire end on.
The end result is a simple bangle that you can make in under 15 minutes! I am really loving the colors together – the same colors as autumn leaves in my neck of the woods. :)
Hope you enjoyed this memory wire bracelet project, and I’ll see you guys again really soon!