Making Bracelets, Necklaces, and Rings with Memory Wire And Beads is Easy
You know those bracelets that wrap around your arm like a slinky? Those are made with memory wire.
Since there is no clasp on a memory wire bracelet, they are super easy to put on even if you are all thumbs or have no patience for those clasps and hooks and toggles.
Beaded memory wire jewelry is easy to make and makes an ideal first project for kids and adults alike. It's gotta be the easiest form of bead stringing after stringing
macaroni onto plastic lacing but without the "I made this" look.
What is Memory Wire?
Memory wire is a very special type of steel-spring wire. It retains it's
shape, its very hard and difficult to bend, and is not easily to cut.
It's pretty darn hard to break too.
or use really heavy duty cutters that you don't mind possibly wrecking.
Step 2: Finish One End So Your Beads Don't Fall All Over the Floor
You have 2 options for finishing the ends of the memory wire. You can
use a loop, or you can use something called a "memory wire end cap"
Making a loop end:
Using your round nose pliers, make a small loop on one end of wire.
Making a memory cap end:
Put a drop of E-6000 glue into the hole of a memory wire cap bead. Carefully hold the cap end between thumb and forefinger, place one end of the memory wire in the hole, and hold the wire there until the glue dries.
(The glue dries really quickly. Read the directions on the glue container for more info on drying times.)
Tip: Of course, don't finish both ends at the same time.
Step 3: String the Beads onto the Wire.
This step is pretty self-explanatory. Bead has hole. Wire goes through hole.
aren't the only option. You might want to try buttons, bead dangles,
plastic tubing from the hardware store... Be creative!
Step 4: Finish the Remaining End
Use the loop end or memory wire end cap method from Step 2 to finish up. If you'd like, you can hang a dangle from the end loop.
Tip: You'll find it easiest to finish the remaining end if you use a clip or
small piece of tape to keep the beads from falling off.
I have these
tiny alligator clips that I think are used for electrical work, but work
perfectly for holding beads onto wire while I try to finish off a
bracelet without dropping beads all over the place.
Where To Get Memory Wire:
can get all kinds of memory wire at just about any hobby or craft
store, from discount department stores like Walmart, or, you
can get it mailed right to you from Amazon in a day or two.