Fall is coming and the nights have already cooled down here. It won’t be long and I’ll be wearing autumn clothing. I was looking over my jewelry stash and I don’t have many items that have deep reds, browns or oranges. I have plenty of beads in those colors. Time to start knocking out some warm colored pieces. My first project is a memory wire bracelet. This is a beginner’s project that’s fast and easy.
I’ll share with you the beads I chose, but choose whatever you like for yourself. I didn’t count how many beads of each color, because I only used those that I have plenty of. I used 4mm faceted fire-polished gems in copper, 3mm glass pearls in peach, 11 aught seed beads that I don’t remember the name of, but they look rust, and 10 aught seed beads in peach.
You can find memory wire at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or your favorite beading shop. It is a very strong wire that holds it’s shape. It looks like a slinky. You’ll need a round tip pliers and special memory wire cutters so you won’t ruin your wire cutters. Or you can do like me, and use an old wire cutter that’s already in bad shape.
Decide how many rows of beads you want for your bracelet. If you only want 1, that will work, too. I chose to have 7. I marked my 7 rows with a bead stopper. Add about 1/2 inch and snip.
Using your round tip pliers bend 1 end into a circle. It won’t be easy because this wire is very hard. But it’s doable.
Here I’ve added my first round of beads, and stopped exactly when I had a full circle. Perfection isn’t required. No one is going to inspect your bracelet that closely.
Let me share a tip with you. When pushing your beads around and around to the end, put a bead stopper on the open end of your wire. This will keep any beads from sneaking off.
Here I have 3 rows of beads on.
Once you are done adding beads, snip the end of the wire if you need to. You want to have just enough to make another loop at this end with your round tip pliers.
Ta-da! That’s all there is to it. You can add charms to the end loops for your memory wire bracelet if you want to.
Have fun beading!