If you’ve ever fancied having a go at jewellery making, then a memory bracelet is definitely a great place to start – they’re sooo easy to make!
Memory wire is so called because it’s manufactured to keep its coiled shape, making it ideal for bracelets. It comes in one long coiled piece which you can cut to size, and I opted for four coils for my bracelet.
Once cut to size, you need to close up one end of your wire to stop the beads falling off. To do this you need to carefully bend the end over to form a loop. Before I completely bent the end, I added in a little bee charm, then closed the loop completely, securing the bee inside the loop.
Now you’re ready for the fun part! It really is just a case of threading your beads through the wire and letting them fall to the end. You can opt for a strict pattern, or go for a more random approach as I did. I chose a selection of mainly blue and green beads in different shapes and sizes and put them on the table (on a foam mat to stop them rolling around everywhere).
Then I just helped myself, picking up beads at random. I did however try and make sure I didn’t have 2 of the same next to each other (although this did happen once or twice and that was fine). Every now and then, make sure the beads are pushed down to the end so there are no gaps, and just keep going until you’ve almost filled the wire. Once you get close to the end, you’ll need to make another loop to secure the other end. Again, I popped in a little bee charm to make both ends identical.
By the way, a great way to get cheap beads is to buy jewellery from charity shops. You can often pick up some lovely bracelets and necklaces and re-use the beads and clasps too.
And there you have it – one memory bracelet. What could be easier?!