How to Make Memory Wire Bracelets

Beautiful Wire Bracelets

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Wire Jewelry

Using wire to create jewelry is fun and easy. My favorite type of wire to use for bracelets, is memory wire. What makes it wonderful, is that it holds its shape, it requires no clasp, and it is inexpensive. Memory wire bracelets can also vary greatly in size, having a simple look with just a few loops, or making a dramatic statement with several loops. Getting a clasp bracelet on by yourself can be tricky. Because they are easy to take off and put on, many women prefer these bracelets over ones with clasps.

A Craft for Children

Memory wire bracelets can also make a great craft for children. I recently did this with 27 fourth graders and they loved it. To make it easier, I placed the beads each of them would need, as well as the length of wire, already curled at one end, in a ziplock bag. They were able to string the beads themselves, creating their own unique patterns. Very little instruction or help was required which was great. I only helped by curling the ends of their wire when they were through stringing their beads. They wrapped them as gifts for their moms, and a few of them chose to keep them for themselves.

Memory Wire and Tool

Curl one end of the wire.
Curl one end of the wire. | Source
Curl the other end of the wire.
Curl the other end of the wire. | Source
Add a charm to one end.
Add a charm to one end. | Source

Instructons

Step 1: Memory wire comes in slinky-like amounts. First, you will need to decide how many loops you want your bracelet to be, and then cut your wire to that length. Scissors will not work for cutting this wire. You will need a good pair of jewelry flush cutters. You can also trim your bracelet later, if you decide to make it smaller in size.

Step 2: Next, curl one end of the wire, using the cone-shaped jewelry pliers. This will prevent the beads from falling off as you string them. Place the pliers as far to the end of the wire as possible and grip it. Slowly twist the end into a small circle, being sure to close the end completely.

Step 3: Now it is time to string the beads in any pattern you like. The pattern can be random, it can be repeated, or it can be groups of alike beads, one after the other. Accent beads such as crystals, silver or gold beads can also be used on the ends of the bracelet, at the beginning of each pattern, or randomly placed to add interest.

Step 4: Lastly, you will need to curl the other end of the wire. This is where you can place a charm as well. Simply place the charm on the end of the wire before curling it. Make sure the beads are pushed tightly to the other end as you curl the wire, to ensure there will be no loose beads.

Making Rings

Memory wire can also be used to make beautiful rings. Smaller beads can be used so that the ring will sit close to your finger. Seed beads are a fabulous choice as they come in a variety of styles. From flat to shimmering, round to square, there are a many choices. Several loops can make the ring wider and add interest.

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

now this looks like fun and easy also. What attractive bracelets and other jewelry. Voting up, sharing, pinning and bookmarking.Thanks for sharing all of this.


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Carol, thanks for your comment. These are really fun and easy to make.


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

so beautiful and sound like fun to make for past times. Gonna buy those beads soon. Voted up


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Interesting and pinned. I've never worked with memory wire, but would like to. It looks like lots of fun!


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drosostalitsa 3 years ago from Greece

Voted up! Your ideas are great!


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Mary Merriment 3 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

These are very neat. I've made a lot of wire crafts and jewelry, but I haven't used memory wire. I think I need to give this a try!


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks for reading everyone. I made these with 27 4th graders right before the holiday break. They loved it. I had to bend the wire for them, as it does take a little extra strength. They are a lot of fun and really pretty. I hope you all get a chance to try them out.


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Glass-Jewelry 3 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

Hello Rosie,

Reading your article you gave me the bright idea to try to use your method for my glass beads.

I make glass beads in the Pandora style and normally these are strung on bracelets type "snake" which have a diameter of 3 millimeters.

These bracelets are unfortunately very expensive and so I was wondering if there is a trade in steel memory wire by 3 mm or with a diameter suitable for this type of beads, which have a 925 sterling silver core with hole diameter of about 4.5 mm.

It would be very versatile to assemble this kind of bracelets, but also very fast and easy to wear.

Do You have any advice for me? And how would you build the final part of the two ends instead of making the curl?

Very interesting, voted UP!


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Glass Jewelry, thanks for reading. In answer to your questions, the thickest memory wire I have seen is .75mm. Instead of bending the wire at the ends, attractive bead ends can be glued to the ends. You can find these online at FireMountainGems.com. I hope I have answered your questions. Let me know if I can be of more help.


Livia 23 months ago

What a joy to find such clear thnngiik. Thanks for posting!


Ngeplo 23 months ago

good set to work on I bought the set and found it was worth the money I paid. The itrnsuctions aren't detailed, but by looking at the photograph you can see what needs to be done and use the guide to make the loops and links for the jewelry. There was plenty of beads and findings, except I didn't have enough necklace wire to finish the last necklace. The tool was great for making loops, but fell short to make a proper crimp. I found the little mat useful in keeping my beads and wires in one place. It gave me great joy and accomplishment when I finished making all the jewelry.

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