I love jewelry but love it even more when I can make it myself. Memory wire jewelry is the easiest thing to make, much easier than it may look! When I was asked to check out Consumer Crafts and pick some craft supplies, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted at first….there is so much to choose from! Once I saw the selection of beads, I knew I had to make some jewelry. I mean, I LOVE jewelry and buying jewelry can get expensive, so learning to make it yourself can keep you looking cute and some change in your pocket!
There is such a large selection of beads, I spent probably an hour looking through trying to decide what to order. I ended up ordering four sets of the beads shown below, in turquoise, red, pink and brown/beige/gold. In addition I bought some memory wire and other odds and ends you will see down below!
So how does it come together? It’s so simple! Here is how to make yourself a cute memory wire bracelet:
Consumer Crafts sold their bracelet memory wire pre-cut in packs of 12. I decided I liked my bracelets a little smaller than the pre-cut wire is, so I found the middle and clipped it with my pliers.
To keep your beads from falling off, curl one end of the wire with your needle nose pliers. To do this easily, I grab as close the end as possible then twist to make the wire curl around the rounded end of my pliers. Be sure the loop closes as much as possible to keep the beads in place.
Now you can start placing your beads on your memory wire. You can put them on any pattern you’d like. I put one large bead with a seed bead between. I just like that look, but you can use all larger beads or all smaller beads. It is completely up to you.
When you have all of your beads on your bracelet, close the end as close to the last bead as possible. Curl it the same way you did at the beginning. You may need to clip a small piece of the wire so it isn’t too long.
Throw on your bracelet with your favorite outfit!
That’s really easy, right?! With the 4 boxes of beads that I bought and the memory wire, I was able to make about 8 bracelets, and still have materials left over! So, let’s think about it this way….beads are $3.97/box. The memory wire is $1.97/dozen pieces. That is a total of $17.85 for 8 bracelets, or $2.23 a piece!
Okay, so what else did I buy? I got some great beads and I wasn’t actually sure what I wanted to do with them…along with necklace hardware.
This necklace is lightyears easier to make than the memory wire bracelets! I bet you didn’t think it got much easier, right?
Here’s the materials I used. Beads, jump rings, a clasp and necklace.
Just put your clasp onto the necklace using the jump rings. That’s super easy by just closing the jump ring to make sure it is closed properly. Put your beads on the necklace and it’s ready to wear! I bought 2 sets of these beads, so I can either switch out the beads or get another necklace and clasp to create a second necklace. I would have ordered more, but wasn’t sure that is what I wanted to make with them when I first saw the beads, I just fell in love with them.
Here is an action shot of the necklace:
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