We love making memory wire bracelets. The stacks of beads can look so gorgeous together, plus you don’t need to put on a clasp! We came up with this bracelet design when we saw a photo of a Venetian Palace window. The copper window frame had a light green patina. You can see a color palette created from the photo here. We used this palette to select our beads.
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How To Make This Venetian Palace Beaded Memory Wire Bracelet
Memory wire, bracelet size, 2.5” diameter, (8.5 loops)
Silver leaf charm, 10mmx18mm
Aqua tassel, 12mm
52 Pearls, copper, 3mm
54 Crystal bicone beads, peridot green, 3mm
Seed beads, size 15/0, gold lined, approx. 135
43 Faceted rondelle beads, 4mmx5mm, opaque aqua
56 Faceted rondelle beads, 2mmx3mm, opaque white
Seed beads, size 15/0, copper, approx. 125
61 Faceted rondelle beads, 2mmx3mm, crystal
80 Cube beads, 2mmx2mm, copper
1. Memory wire is a coil of very hard wire. The wire is permanently curved into the coil shape, just like a Slinky. You can stretch the coils of a memory wire bracelet to put the bracelet on and they will automatically spring back into the tight bracelet shape. To get started making this memory wire bracelet, measure the memory wire by counting out complete loops. For this bracelet, count out eight and a half complete loops or coils. Add two extra inches. Then use heavy duty wire cutters or memory wire cutters to cut the memory wire.
2. Next, use the round-nose pliers to bend a small loop in one end of the memory wire. Grasp the end of the wire with the round-nose pliers and roll the pliers to start the loop. Slide the leaf charm into the loop, then finish rolling the pliers to complete the loop.
3. Next, feed the beads onto the memory wire. We chose to start with a complete coil of copper cube beads. When you have fed all the beads on so they reach around to the starting point, that is a complete coil of beads.
4. For our next coil, we added crystal faceted rondelles. Then a coil of mixed metallic seed beads. We followed that coil with a complete coil of white faceted rondelles and then opaque aqua faceted rondelles.
5. Next we added a coil of gold-foil lined seed beads, a coil of peridot green crystal bicones, and finished with a complete coil of small copper pearls.
6. To finish the end, use the round-nose pliers to bend a small loop in one end of the memory wire as you did at the beginning. Grasp the end of the wire with the round-nose pliers and roll the pliers to start the loop. Slide the tassel into the loop, then finish rolling the pliers to complete the loop.
Don’t those colors look amazing together? We love creating bead designs this way, using a pretty photo to generate a color palette. Have you ever tried this? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty