Hello Folks! Its good to be back. I spent last week working in our shipping department, so this poor little blog was sadly neglected. With the last two days spent playing catch up, I have finally had some time to work on a tutorial. Have you heard about Swarovski’s Red, White, and Blue design contest? Unfortunately, I can’t enter since we are a Swarovski affiliate, but I was still inspired by the idea. Seeing as how Independence Day is quickly approaching, I thought some fun jewelry would be the PERFECT thing to get me in the mood.
We recently got in flat memory wire and let me tell you, it is the coolest!! There are so many possibilities. Memory wire is such an easy medium to work with. The stiff wire comes in many sizes and is incredibly versatile. The flat wire adds a whole new level to creating with memory wire. Because it is flat, it’s not really suited for beads to be strung but it is perfect for wire wrapping.
Flat Memory Wire
30in. 24ga. Craft Wire
18-20pcs 5mm Fluted Rounds
1pc 14mm Swarovski Rivoli Crystal
1pc TierraCast Rivoli Frame
Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Craft Glue
Revolving S-Hook Clasp
1) Apply a small amount of adhesive to the rivoli frame. (Image 1)
2) Set crystal gently in place. Allow 24hrs dry time. (Image 2)
3) Trim memory wire (Use ONLY cutters made specifically for memory wire.) to approximately 1in short of a full coil.
4) Using a round nose plier, create a small loop on one end. On the opposite side, made a larger loop. Attach the small loop to the rivoli frame. (Image 4)
5) Attach the small hook of the clasp to the rivoli frame. The larger hook of the clasp will hook into the large loop on the memory wire.
6) Wrap one end of the craft wire around the memory wire 3 times and trim excess. (Image 5)
7) String a bead onto the wire then wrap the craft wire around the memory wire three times before adding another bead. (Image 6)
8) Continue adding beads until you have finished the entire bracelet. You will need 18-20 beads depending on the size of your bracelet. I used 19 pieces.
These bracelets are easy and fast to make. I was able to whip up three of them in less than 30 minutes so it would be simple to make up an armful. The finished bracelet is lightweight and easy to wear. One of the best aspects of this bracelet is the revolving clasp (2BR347-AS). Normally, I don’t like to use a hook clasp for bracelets. They only sit one way and they are hard to get on and off. Since the revolving clasp swivels in the center, if it’s not facing the right directions, simply give it a twist and it will be oriented in the right direction. It’s just that easy!
Leave off the clasp and cut your memory wire a little larger to make a slip-on bangle. Or create a dainty stacking bracelet by keeping the memory wire plain. The possibilities are endless!
If you haven’t entered the Swarovski Red, White, and Blue design contest, I want to encourage you to give it a try! The prizes are fantastic (free Swarovski product? Heck yes!) You never know, you’re design might just be the one that wins! And right now, Shipwreck Beads is offering 10% off all Swarovski beads, pendants, and pearls!
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