Get colorful with a Rainbow Memory Wire Bracelet! This gorgeous crystal beaded bracelet is all about the beads. Go through your stash and collect your pretty crystal onesie beads leftover from other projects. Then arrange them in rainbow order. Once you have your design, this easy bracelet goes together in minutes!
Follow along with this video tutorial we made. We’ll show you how to count out the memory wire coils, how to use memory wire cutters to snip the wire, and how to twist a loop in the end to keep the beads from sliding off. Then it’s just bead, bead, bead! One more snip and make another loop in the end and Ta Da! Your own Rainbow Memory Wire Bracelet!
Video How-to: Make A Rainbow Memory Wire Bracelet
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How To Make A Rainbow Memory Wire Bracelet
8 Faceted crystal beads in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, 4mm to 14mm (Different shapes and sizes)
8 Faceted round beads, copper, 8mm
16 Florette spacers, rose gold, 2mmx5mm
Memory wire, gold, 60-65mm diameter
This bracelet goes together fast because it is made on memory wire. Memory wire is very hard wire that is permanently curved into the coil shape, like a Slinky. You can pull the coils of a memory wire bracelet apart to put the bracelet on, and they will automatically go back to the original bracelet size and shape. So there’s no need for a clasp. Plus a memory wire bracelet makes a great gift since you don’t need to size it!
1. The first step is to gather your beads. We went through all our crystals and found lots of shapes and sizes in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. If you don’t have all the beads you need, buy a few to fill in! We needed more yellow crystals, but we had plenty of blue! Lay out your beads in rainbow order (ROYGBIV) then add in the copper beads and spacers every few beads.
2. Next, cut a piece of memory wire about 3 coils long. To do this, grasp the end of the memory wire and count out three complete loops or coils. Use the memory wire cutters to snip the triple coil off the “Slinky”. Memory wire is super hard, so we recommend using the Memory wire cutters to preserve your good wire cutters.
3. Once you have your triple coil of memory wire, you’ll want to twist a loop into one end using the round-nose pliers. This will keep the beads from sliding off. Just grasp the end of the wire with your round-nose pliers and begin to rotate. The wire is hard, so put some elbow grease into it! Continue to rotate until you have a complete loop in one end.
4. Start beading! Start at one end of your beads, that is the design you laid out in step 1. Feed on the red bead section. Let it slide down to the end of the coil.
Add the copper spacers every now and then.
Feed on the orange beads.
And a copper faceted bead every now and then.
Add the yellow, green, and blue beads. Then the purple ones.
5. Use the memory wire cutters to cut the memory wire about 12mm or half an inch from the last bead.
6. Twist a loop into the end of the memory wire with round-nose pliers just like you did in step 3. Grasp the end and rotate. Continue to rotate up to the last bead. You can trim any excess with the memory wire cutters.
How great did that turn out?! We love it! This would be super fun to do for a wine and craft night with the ladies. You could buy strands of crystals in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and then all share. So fun!
Jennifer & Kitty
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