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How To Make A Memory Wire Bracelet

This exciting and beautiful project shows you how to make your very own memory wire bracelet. You can get all the tools and supplies you need on our website, with worldwide delivery from the UK.

What is memory wire?

Memory wire is a fantastic threading material that allows you to create beautiful jewellery designs easily.

It's a hard, rigid, pre-coiled wire which holds its shape - unlike regular metal jewellery wire, memory wire cannot be manipulated to change its shape.

In the tutorial below, we show you how to make a simple bracelet design and three ways to finish your designs professionally.

This is a great project to experiment with your favourite gemstone beads and charms!

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Step By Step Instructions

1. Use heavy duty side cutters to cut at least three coils of memory wire.

2. Apply glue to the inside of the end bead and secure onto the end of the memory wire.

3. Thread your chosen beads onto the memory wire, leaving some room on the end of the wire to allow the beads to move around slightly.

4. Glue another end bead onto the end of your wire.

Instead of using end beads you can use round nose pliers to form a loop at each end of the memory wire to secure in place. This can be great for adding charms and wire wrapped beads (briolette beads would look lovely!) to add extra interest to your design.

Top tip: Use a bead board or bead mat to plan the order of your beads for your bracelet - this will make it easier to thread your beads and avoid making mistakes.

3 Ways To Finish Your Memory Wire Bracelet

Silver Plated End Beads For Memory Wire

One of the most popular ways to finish your memory wire bracelet design professionally is by using end beads. Our silver plated end beads are purposefully sold to use with memory wire. All you need to do is use Devcon epoxy glue to secure the end beads to the end of the wire for a neat and tidy finish.

Half Drilled Gemstone Beads

Alternatively, you can use Devcon epoxy glue to set our range of half drilled beads to the end of the wire to add colour and interest to your designs.

Create Loops With Round Nose Pliers

Another popular way of finishing off your memory wire bracelet instead of end beads is to use round nose pliers to form a loop at both ends of the memory wire to ensure the beads remain on the bracelet. These loops are brilliant for attaching charms and wire wrapped beads to.

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Choose Your Favourite Beads

In this project, we have used our beautiful 0.8mm amazonite beads and 3mm plain round silver plated metal beads but you can choose any of your favourite beads as long as the bead hole will fit through the memory wire.

Shop 0.6mm Silver Plated Memory Wire

At Kernowcraft, we stock this popular bracelet memory wire 1oz pack. This 0.6mm plated stainless steel wire is from Beadsmith and is so easy to use to create lovely designs.

Heavy Duty Side Cutters

Do not use regular wire cutters for cutting memory wire as it will damage them. We recommend using heavy duty side cutters, made from tougher steel which is perfect to use on stronger wires.

Devcon Epoxy Glue

Use Devcon epoxy glue to secure end beads or half drilled beads on the ends of your wire for a secure finish.

This is our most recommended glue for all types of jewellery making, it's fast-drying, high strength and creates high quality bonds on gemstones, metal, glass, ceramic and more.