Memory Wire Tips Plus a Free Project!

Apr 9, 2014

The stacked-bracelet trend is still going strong! It's easy to get that stacked-bracelet look by using Memory Wire and several strands of your favorite beads. For added interest, insert a fun button in the center.

If you've never heard of Memory Wire before, this is a rigid coil of wire that retains its shape and conforms to your wrist. Memory Wire comes in necklace, bracelet, and ring size and is available at most craft stores and bead shops.

 

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!)

Do you have any tips for working with Memory Wire? Please leave them in the comments section below.

Happy Beading,

Debbie Blair, Senior Editor

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Deb Fortin wrote
on Apr 10, 2014 7:51 AM

this is so cool. i love the way you organised the beads so they create a layered look , and not a continuous design as I would usually make.

great idea and love that button.

Deb Fortin wrote
on Apr 10, 2014 7:51 AM

this is so cool. i love the way you organised the beads so they create a layered look , and not a continuous design as I would usually make.

great idea and love that button.

on Apr 12, 2014 9:45 AM

The first pieces of jewelry I made in 2001 were memory wire necklaces. I wish that they were as popular now as they were back then. Bracelets are a good way to go. The tips in the article are great. I used lineman's pliers (easily found at hardware stores) to cut the wire and to finish some of the end-off loops on really stiff wire. Wire available today seems softer to me. I would have worked the design from the middle OUT, checking as I went along that I had a complete loop of a particular "row" before I added more beads. I would also put small squares of masking tape on the ends of the wires as I got closer and closer to the ends of the project to avoid sudden spilling accidents with beads flying off everywhere. I always love to read about what other designers have made with my first favorite medium, memory wire.

Debbie.Blair wrote
on Apr 16, 2014 4:08 PM

Claudia, thanks for the great tips as well! Adding a bit of tape on the ends as you work from the center out is a great idea! ~Debbie