Monday, November 14, 2011

Memory Wire Bracelet Tutorial, DIY

Finished memory wire bracelet by Mylana

Today, we are going to make a memory wire bracelet, which is not only a very easy project to complete, it is easy for anyone to wear. Memory wire bracelets wrap around the wrist and retract back to the original spiral form for a secure fit on any size wrist.

Tools and Materials
What you will need for this project:

Memory Wire
Flush Cutters (Side Cutters)
Flat Nosed Pliers
Charms (optional)

What is memory wire and where can I buy it?

Memory wire as sold
Memory wire is a special type of coiled wire that snaps back to its original size and shape. you can buy ring, bracelet, and necklace sizes. It is available at most craft and hobby stores or online at major jewelry making supply sites. Here in Murfreesboro, TN, you can purchase memory wire at Hobby Lobby under the brand name "Beadalon". It should cost 5.00 dollars or less.

Step 1:
Using your cutters, snip off 3-4 coils of memory wire. This type of wire is more difficult to cut than average types of wire.

Step 2:
Initial loop to begin project
Firmly grip the end of the coil with the flat nosed pliers and use force to twist the wire into one small, complete loop. Now, turn your pliers and squish the loop horizontally, so that it is flat and even, with no obvious protrusions. This will be the end of your bracelet. You can also opt to buy special end beads for your memory wire. These beads are only half-drilled and can be secured to your wire with special adhesive.

Step 3:
String your beads on the wire, allowing them to descend completely down the spiral to the loop you first formed. Continue until the bracelet is the desired length.

Step 4:
When you achieve your ideal length for the bracelet, slide the beads into place, with as little gap as possible and trim the wire 1/4 inch or a little less than 1 cm from the final bead. Take your flat nosed pliers and grab the end of the wire and twist inward, creating a loop exactly like the one you used to begin the project. Keep twisting until the loop meets the final bead, with a firm, flush finish. The beads should not slide or be loose. Turn the bracelet and apply horizontal force to your end loop, flattening any sharp ends or edges.

Adorn the end loops with charms, drops, or dangles.
End loop with decorative dangle

Wear your new creation!!!


  1. I bought some memory wire on accident a while back. What a happy accident! I can't wait to give this a try!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I've been toying with the idea of making these, and I think it's going to be today's project!