To begin, you'll want to determine the number of loops you
want for your bracelet and then cut the wire. Tip: Use hardware-store cutters,
or cutters made specifically for Memory Wire. Memory Wire is very hard and will
ruin your regular wire cutters. (I used 5 loops for my bracelet.)
I find it helpful to measure my wrist and determine the
approximate number of beads I'll need for each row. Then I lay out the rows in order to
see if I like the design.
Use round-nose pliers to form a small loop on one end of the
wire. Tip: You can use jewelry cement to glue on a small bead or a Memory Wire
end cap for a more finished look.
String your beads onto the wire. Tip: After stringing several beads, hold onto both ends of the
wire and stretch it all the way out (from top to bottom), allowing the beads to
follow the coils and fall to the bottom of the wire.
You'll see that I added smaller beads on either side of the
button shank so that the button won't slide around and cover the pink beads in
the same row.
Snug the beads along the wire and form a loop on the end. If
desired, add a bead dangle to one or both ends by forming a wrapped loop.
Ready to wear!
(Special thanks to John Bead for providing all of the beads
used in this project, and to Natural Touch for the uber-cool button!)