Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Memory Wire Bracelets

My first attempt at making these, so easy to work with, apart from turning the end loops!  I'm pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

Memory wire is very hard, don't try to cut with regular flush cutters as it will destroy them.  Memory wire cutters can be bought for around a fiver if you don't have anything suitable.

Instructions are simple:

1). Cut a piece of memory wire the size of your wrist plus 2 inches.
2). Choose your beads and map out your design.
3). Turn a loop at the start of your wire,  
4).  Slide beads onto wire.
5).  When you're happy with the result turn a loop and trim off excess wire.

I attached charms to the end loops, I like the way it looks.


Monday, 13 May 2013

Birthstone Bracelet

Made as a present for a September birthday


Materials

Lobster Clasp
Extension chain
2 x 2mm silver crimp beads
Approx 10" beading wire
20 x 4mm smooth silver beads
8 x 6mm white glass pearls
8 x 6mm sapphire blue bicone crystals
2 x 5mm silver rondelle spacer beads
Small silver charm - e.g. gothic style cross

Cut a 10" length of beading wire
Attach a crimp and the clasp to one end, looping the beading wire back through the crimp.

Thread the beads in the following order:

2 x 4mm silver beads
*
1 x 6mm pearl
1 x 4mm silver bead
1 x 6mm bicone
1 x 4mm silver bead
*
Repeat * to * twice more

1 x 6mm pearl
1 x 4mm silver bead
1 x 6mm bicone
1 x 4mm silver bead
1 x 5mm rondelle
1 x silver charm
1 x 5mm rondelle
1 x 4mm silver bead

*
1 x 6mm bicone
1 x 4mm silver bead
1 x 6mm pearl
1 x 4mm silver bead
*

Repeat * to *  three times more

1 x 4mm silver bead

Attach a crimp and the extension chain to the end, looping the beading wire back through the crimp.

Trim away any excess beading wire.




Saturday, 4 May 2013

Pearl Bracelet



Materials I Used

Toggle Clasp
2 x 2mm silver crimp beads
2 x silver crimp covers.
Approx 10" beading wire
12 x 8mm silver snowflake spacer beads
10 x 5mm silver rondelle spacer beads
18 x 8mm white glass pearls
1 Tibetan silver heart charm

Note:  This makes a bracelet of finished length 9" including the clasp. 

Cut a 10" length of beading wire
Attach a crimp and one side of the toggle clasp to one end, looping the beading wire back through the crimp.  Flatten the crimp with your pliers. Add a crimp cover.

Thread the beads in the following order:
1 x 5mm silver rondelle spacer bead
1 x 8mm silver snowflake spacer bead
2 x  8mm white glass pearls

Once you have used up all the white pearls add a silver snowflake spacer, a silver rondelle spacer and a crimp bead.
Attach the heart charm and the other side of the toggle clasp, loop the beading wire back through the crimp.  Add a crimp cover.

Trim off any unwanted beading wire.