How to Make Memory Wire Bracelets
Beautiful Wire Bracelets
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
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.
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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