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Easy Memory Wire Bracelet Tutorial

Tutorial by Melanie Artz

If you have ever wanted to try to make your own jewelry, this is the tutorial for you.  Melanie says, "This is a great beginner project that ends up looking like you spent tons of money at the department store for a statement piece of jewelry.  The best part of this project though is that it takes very little time to make."


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Please note: some items pictured may not be available from Happy Mango Beads. Please see the above links for suggestions.
First, cut several loops of the memory wire.  For her bracelet that wraps around her wrist 6 times, Melanie cut a 7 loop piece of memory wire.  As the wire lays flat right out of the package, the coils may appear too small to fit on your wrist.  Do not worry, as the wire will gently stretch out to conform to your arm.  Next, string on all your beads.  Leave some extra space on the wire on both ends of your bracelet, to secure and finish off the ends.
Take your round nose pliers and bend the wire at the end at a 90 degree angle.  Then wrap the wire around the tip of the pliers twice, to create a ring at the end.  This will make sure your beads don't slide off the ends of your bracelet.  Melanie's loop is a bit large because her metal beads have a relatively large hole.  If your beads have a smaller hole, your end loop will not need to be quite so large.  Your bracelet is finished!  If you'd like to add a little extra flair, read on to see how Melanie made some simple beaded charms.



Gather a headpin and some smaller beads that coordinate well with your main bead.  Stack the beads onto your headpin then attach this charm to the end loop of your bracelet by creating a simple wrapped loop.  If you need some guidance, check out this tutorial for making wrapped loops.  Attach one one (or more!) of these charms to both ends of your bracelet.
This bracelet looks great with these metal beads from Africa, but could be made with just about any bead you could imagine.  Gemstone, glass, wood, pearl - you name it!  There are endless possibilities.