How to make a memory wire bracelet – a DIY tutorial
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Designed by: Marta Draganek
In today’s DIY tutorial Marta Draganek is going to show how to make a memory wire bracelet – trendy and light – just perfect for sunny days! The bracelet is easy to make, and it get a various style depending on the materials you use – from a colourful bracelet perfect for summer dresses to elegant one perfect for an evening out. Check it out!
A memory wire is a perfect material for those of you who begin their adventure with jewellery making. It’s in the shape of a spring, which immediately returns to its original form after being stretched. Due to that, it makes a perfect material for light bracelets, wrapped multiply around your wrist. I’m going to show you how to make them.
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- stainless steel memory wire – choose an appropriate diameter of the wire that fits your wrist. I’ve chosen a wire with a diameter of 60 mm. I’ve got a 15 cm wrist, so the finished bracelet is a bit loose, but it doesn’t fall off. I think, a 55 mm wire would be better for me. If your wrist is bigger than 15 cm or you’re planning to use big beads, choose the wire with a diameter of 60 mm (I think it’s the most universal size).
- Beads – to make this bracelet you may use various shapes and sizes of beads – from 11/0 TOHO , through faceted glass crystals to natural stones. Combinations of various beads look great, so it’s good to experiment with your leftover beads, which you have at home from your previous projects. For the purposes of this tutorial I decided to make a bracelet in harmonious shades of gold, beige and green. I chose quite big 3/0 TOHO Round beads - Gold-Lined Crystal, Opaque Lustered Lt Beige, Gold-Lined Peridot, 2 packets of each.
- Charms – you can decorate tour bracelet with charms. I think that a delicate charm in a shape of leaves matches perfectly the gold memory wire and gold and green beads.
To make the bracelet you definitely need proper tools.
- Side cutter pliers – memory wire is very hard, so you cannot cut it with scissors.
- round nose pliers – to form the endings of the wire.
- Flat nose or flat side pliers
Where to begin?
Measure out the appropriate length of the spring. I decided to cut out 10 coils, because I’m not sure how much wire will suffice my amount of beads. You can always shorten the wire, but there can be a problem to make it longer.
Cut the wire, so that the beginning and the end are placed at same point of the circle.
You’re going to thread your beads onto the wire in a while, so you need to secure its end. You need to make a loop using the round nose pliers. The memory wire is quite hard, so you need to use force.
Bend the wire with the pliers. I always use my left hand fingers to press the wire to wrap it around the pliers.
This is how an almost finished loop looks like – all you need to do is press it with the flat nose or flat side pliers.
You can now start threading the beads. If you have “little helpers” at home, they can do it for you. Kids will definitely like such fun.
I start my bracelet with green beads and slide them down the spring.
After having threaded about a haft of the coil, thread your decorative charm.
Continue threading the green beads. I want to thread 2 whole packets of them.
At the end of the 2nd packet start mixing the green beads with the beige ones, to get a nice looking colour gradient
Continue threading with the beige beads only. At the end of the 2nd packet repeat the move with the gradient with gold beads.
Cut the unneeded part of the wire. 6 packets of 3/0 TOHO Round bead were enough for 7 coils of the 60 mm memory wire.
Make a loop at the end of the wire, as it was done at the beginning.
Your bracelet is finished!
As I mentioned before, you can use any kind if beads to make this bracelet, any you will have a different effect each time. Green and gold beads make me think of nature and Boho style.
You can add charms between the beads, as I did, or attach them to the loops at the ends.
With a view of maxi summer dresses and beach trips, I prepared a set of two bracelets in white, turquoise and silver. The top one is a combination of milky white and silver 11/0 TOHO Round beads (10 g is enough for 10 coils of a 55 mm wire). The bottom one is made of 4 mm howlite and matte silver glass beads.
I also made a bracelet for an evening out! I used the leftovers from my previous projects. 11/0 TOHO Hex beads, 6 mm tinted agate and 4 mm snow obsidian.
We’re waiting for your versions of these bracelets and look forward to seeing them on our Facebook group.
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