Make a simple coiled bracelet

Memory wire bracelet

The most straightforward bracelet to create uses a special wire that, quite simply, retains the memory of its coil. Memory wire is available in three common size coils: choker, bracelet, and ring. To complete the design it is more usual to glue a small half-drill bead at each end.
The size of the bracelet, or more specifically the number of coils, is determined by the weight of the beads and the pattern you wish to create. Memory wire is extremely hard so it is necessary to use special cutters designed for the purpose.

Red spider jasper and amazonite bracelet

Both jasper and amazonite are medium weight beads so the repeat pattern needs to be interspersed with much lighter beads.
For my design I chose 8mm facetted beads in red spider Jasper and Amazonite with semi-transparent smaller hexagon spacer beads.

Stage 1
  1. Use memory wire cutters to cut coils of wire to suit your design – 3 coils works well for designs that use 6 – 8mm beads
  2. Choose beads and separate out on the beading mat (or piece of felt)
  3. Glue a half-drill silver bead at one end
  4. Add 3 Jasper beads
Stage 2
  1. Continue working on the design
  • 3 Jasper
  • 1 clear
  • 1 Amazonite
  • 1 clear
Stage 3
  1. Repeat the Stage 2 pattern six times, then change to
  • 3 Amazonite
  • 3 clear
  • 1 Jasper
  • 3 clear
Stage 4
  1. Use a ‘helping hands’ clamp to hold the bracelet coil
  2. Glue the final bead in place
  3. Cut the end of the wire using memory wire cutters
Stage 5
  1. With the bracelet coil still held in the ‘helping hands’, apply glue to the tip if wire
  2. Push the half-drill bead onto the wire (I use a stick with a ball of wax on the end to help position the bead)
Stage 6
  1. Push the bead firmly against the final Jasper bead
  2. Wait about 10 seconds
  3. Release the pressure and leave the bead to set in place
The completed memory wire coil bracelet

You may have been inspired to try your hand at making a simple bracelet, or perhaps you already enjoy making jewellery. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading my post.
The bottom line? Memory wire is relatively inexpensive and is available online from beading suppliers and larger online selling platforms. Beads vary in price from a few pence each to ££, depending on material, or you can recycle beads you may no longer wear. The most expensive item is the special cutter, so check out prices online.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe. Stay well. Get creative.
Marilyn X

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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