Memory Wire Bracelet
We have had some requests for a simple project to do with kids. We decided that the memory wire bracelets are not only simple to make, but simple to wear. Once you have created some of the bracelets you can move on to the necklace size. The necklaces are a safe alternative for kids. Safe? That's right, they are like a spring that does not require a clasp, so when the kids are at the playground you can rest assured that there is no chance of the necklace getting caught on the equipment and causing a hazard.
Cut the memory wire so that there is a 1-2" overlap on the ring. It is important to use the hard wire cutters on memory wire as they will damage the cutting blade of regular wire cutters.
Place a rubber earring back about 1/2" from the end of the wire on one side. This will allow you to add beads and design your bracelet without being fully committed.
Add beads as desired. I usually focus on the 3" that are in the center and then fill in the sides with the seed beads. You can switch the rubber stopper from one side to the other as needed. Make sure you leave about 1/2" on each side for finishing.
Use the round nose or chain nose pliers to turn the end of the wire into a loop. We usually make loops with the round nose, but this is the one exception to where you may need to use a chain nose, as the wire is so firm you need to get all the leverage you can get. (this step will need to have an adults help) For comfort turn the wire away from the circle, that way it does not dig in to the wrist when worn and the added baubles hang right.
Add a couple of beads to the headpins and make a simple loop with the round nose pliers, attach to the loop on the memory wire bracelet for a nice accent.
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