Beaded Memory Wire Cuff

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Introduction: Beaded Memory Wire Cuff

About: I am a teacher outside of Boston and I love making cool stuff! Any prizes I'm lucky enough to win will go directly to my classroom (when appropriate) where I teach 6-12th grade English & Social Studies (...

This Instructable will show you how to make a memory wire bracelet. Memory wire is great because it holds its form and is easy to work with.

The memory wire itself isn't that expensive and one roll can make several bracelets (I've actually made like 5 cuffs of 3-5 coils each and still have a ton leftover). It's a great material to use with people of all ages!

Step 1: Bill of Materials

Memory Wire

Beads

Charms

Jewelry tools (pliers, cutters, etc.)

Step 2: Memory Wire

Determine the length of wire you need by wrapping it around your wrist. Cut the wire so that both ends of the wire match up.

Take one end and using your needle nose pliers twist the wire around the pliers, making a small loop. For stringing purposes, this will be the bottom of the bracelet---but it really doesn't matter, you can always turn the bracelet upside-down.

Step 3: Beads

Having your beads selected and a plan mapped out will save you a lot of time stringing and unstringing your bracelet. It also will help you in determining whether or not you need to run to the store for more beads (as I had to).

You can also add charms throughout your stringing, or attach a charm with a jump ring later.

Step 4: Stringing

Once you have a design you like and a sufficient amount of beads, begin stringing and continue until all but the last 1/4-1/2" is filled.

You are going to repeat the same loop making process as in step 2 to close the wire and keep all your beads in place.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

If you didn't add a charm while stringing, now you can go back and add a charm using a jump ring. You can also add charms to the loops you made to close the bracelets.

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    Very nice tutorial. I believe I will have to look for some memory wire now.