Memory wire often comes in a single coiled piece of about four wraps. You can also buy a continuous piece and cut it yourself so you can have as few or as many wraps as you like.
Randomly strung 'Bead Soup' can give a lovely eclectic feel, and can go with almost anything. Or you can add a bit of a design feature and make each wrap of the coil different, resulting in something that looks like you have a mass of matching, but single, bangles on.
Here is one I designed for a Pattern Club I ran way back in 2007.
You will need:
- 1 x Memory Wire
- 2 x Memory Bead End Caps
- 26 x 8mm Glass Beads
- 52 x 8mm Bead Caps
- 7g x Sz 8 Hex Seed Beads
- 2g x Sz 11 Seed Beads
What you do:
- Glue the memory cap onto the memory wire, to give it more strength glue a hex bead on the memory cap too (you will need to thread this bead onto the wire first)
(As for glue, I used to stock a wonderful one, but sadly they no longer make it, I have since found that acrylic nail glue is quite good for this project, you can usually find it in your local £1.00 shop)
- Thread onto the wire enough Sz 8 Hex beads to make a full single wrap.
- Thread the following beads onto the wire in this order:
- 1 x Seed Bead
- 1 X Bead Cap
- 1 X 8mm Glass Bead
- 1 x Bead Cap
- 1 X Seed Bead
- 1 x Hex Bead
- Continue this pattern until you have threaded 13 8mm glass beads, which will make a full wrap. End with a single seed bead after the last bead cap.
- Add another wrap of the Hex beads as in the first wrap.
- Repeat the Bead Pattern for a final wrap, then cut off the excess wire leaving just enough to glue on a memory cap.
- Glue on the memory cap, dribbling a little glue onto the last bead so it binds with the cap.
Here is a bright summery coloured wrap bangle made with a continuous pattern. What can YOU do?
© Sue Simmons / The Bead Shed / December 2007