3 Reasons to Make DIY
Memory Wire Bracelets
Hi, Friends! Today, I want to share a few DIY memory wire bracelets with you. They’re fun to wear, and I just made a new one today.
I decided that there are 3 reasons why I like to make these bracelets.
- They’re quick and easy to make.
- They can be a little bit glam or a little bit boho.
- They’re easy to put on and take off, making them fun to wear.
Quick and Easy to Make
First, these bracelets are so easy and inexpensive to make. You can make one to match your favorite outfit in just a few minutes and wear it out this evening.
You need only a few tools for a memory wire bracelet. You will not need findings, such as clasps or jump rings. There’s no crimping, no beading needles to thread, and no special skills required.
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- 75 glass pearls in your favorite colors: 25 each of 3 different colors
- 25 glass pearls in white
- 20 clear crystal beads
- 1 package of silver-plated, large bracelet memory wire (0.50 oz.)
- Memory wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Charm of your choice (optional)
- Bead design board
- Using your memory wire cutters, cut off enough memory wire to make a bracelet with 5 wraps. Memory wire bracelets should have at least 3 wraps, preferably 5. Fewer than 3 wraps will look skimpy.
- One package of memory wire will make approximately 6-9 bracelets, depending on how many wraps you want in each bracelet.
- Be sure to use memory wire cutters for this purpose. Memory wire is thicker and has more tensile strength than the regular wire that you might use in other DIY jewelry projects. See the difference in wire cutters pictured above? If you use regular wire cutters on memory wire, you’ll ruin them.
- Using your round nose pliers, make a loop at one end of the wire. To do this, follow the directions and illustrations on the back of the memory wire package (pictured above). This keeps your beads from sliding off.
- Use flat nose pliers to close the end of the loop tightly against the memory wire. Now you’re ready to start adding your beads.
Organize Materials and Design Your Pattern
- I always use a bead design board to organize my materials and lay out my design.
- In the photo above, you can see the materials for this bracelet. I laid out my pattern in the grooved trough that circles the perimeter of the board. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of this step. (I got wrapped up in the process and just started sliding beads onto the wire).
- Here is the pattern that I laid out for my bracelet: 1 clear crystal bead; 5 gray glass pearls; 1 clear crystal bead; 5 rose pink glass pearls; 1 clear crystal bead; 5 blue glass pearls; 1 clear crystal bead; 5 white glass pearls. This pattern makes one entire loop around the circumference of the bracelet.
- Because I was making a bracelet with 5 wraps, I laid out the pattern 5 times on my bead design board.
Add the Beads
- ‘Stringing’ beads on memory wire is incredibly fast and easy. You just push them all the way to the end where you created the loop.
- With the pattern laid out on the bead design board, it’s so easy to simply keep adding beads until you fill the entire 5 wraps of the bracelet.
- When you get to the end, use your round nose pliers to make a loop and your flat nose pliers to close the end of the loop tightly against the memory wire.
- Add a charm in the loop, if desired. This is an optional step.
- I like to add a charm or a couple of dangling headpins with a few beads. I wear the bracelet so that these attachments dangle down toward my hand when my arm is extended down by my side.
I call this bracelet my “glam” memory wire bracelet.
A Little Bit Glam or a Little Bit Boho
- The memory wire bracelet that I made today is a little bit glam because of the glass pearls and crystal beads.
- About a year ago, I made the 3 memory wire bracelets that you see in the photo above. I call these bracelets a little bit boho.
- To me, “boho” is eclectic, colorful, and casual.
- Memory wire bracelets look great with assorted beads in different shapes, colors, and textures.
- Materials: use a package of assorted beads, such as this one from Michael’s.
- By the way, the bracelet stand in the photo above is an old coffee mug stand that my parents had in the 80’s. It was a light oak color. I snagged it from my mom when she downsized, and I painted it with Rustoleum metallic spray paint in satin nickel. Now, I store my bracelets on it.
- Another way to achieve the boho look is to use an assortment of beads from your stash. I made the bracelet on the far right with assorted beads that were left over from previous projects.
Easy and Fun to Wear
- I sometimes have trouble fastening or opening the closures on bracelets. But, with memory wire bracelets, there’s no problem! Simply put them on with a combination of sliding over your hand and wrapping around your wrist. Reverse the procedure to take them off – quick and easy!
- By combining colors, shapes, and textures of beads in memory wire bracelets, you can easily match them to your outfits. When you’re getting dressed, it’s fun to grab a complementary bracelet and slip it on.
What do you think of Memory Wire Bracelets?
Have you ever made memory wire bracelets? Have you worn them? What do you think?
I think this is a great time of year to whip up a few memory wire bracelets to give as gifts:
- Make one for your mom as a Mother’s Day gift.
- If you’re planning a wedding, whip up a few of these fun bracelets to include in your bridesmaids’ gift bags.
- Make them for your children's teachers as end-of-the-year appreciation gifts.
- Make one for a graduate. You could use beads in school colors and include a “graduate” charm, such as a little mortarboard (graduation hat) or a charm showing the year (2017).
Let me know about your DIY jewelry-making adventures!
Enjoy Life Creatively!