Remember Memory Wire

by Joybelle Malcolm.
(Atlanta, GA)

Remember Memory Wire by Joybelle Malcolm  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Variety Spice

I love creating with Memory Wire because I get instant gratification. Skies the limit as to how to compile the beads or accent pieces chosen for placement on the wire.

Remember Memory Wire by Joybelle Malcolm  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Redgold

I don’t use a board to lay out my beads, I let the beads direct me as to how many to use, the colors and the embellishments (charms, chains, etc.). I choose to wrap the ends of the wire up and away from any skin contact vs. down as many suggest. They say it is easier to wrap following the natural bending of the memory wire.

Remember Memory Wire by Joybelle Malcolm  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

NavaMe!

Memory wire is made from tempered steel and retains its shape if cared when handled. The wire is naturally coiled, therefore; it is important to always put the bracelets on in a coiled manner starting with either end of the bracelet, placing one rung at a time. I truly enjoy using this material.

Remember Memory Wire by Joybelle Malcolm  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Woodsie

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  • What a beautiful rainbow of memory wire bracelets, Joybelle! The cheery colors are perfect for memory wire jewelry. I especially like the bracelet in photo 1 with the starfish – it’s such a wonderful piece for Summer!

  • Colleen says:

    I too enjoy the instant gratification of using memory wire. Another reason, I don’t have to worry, “is this going to fit the person”, when selling at a shop, it’s a one size fits all fix. I like to end mine with either a bead or metal round bead glued to tip. But also like ending with a cute dangling charm.

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    Very pretty and colourful – I especially love the first one as well.

  • Alexa says:

    I’ve been wanting to try memory wire. Are there different gauges and sizes? Does it come in oval? My wrists seem to do better with oval bracelets instead of round. Any other advice or tricks? Thanks.

  • Hello Alexa,
    Yes, there is such a thing as oval memory wire. I did a Google search which showed several option. Good luck!

  • Leslie Schmidt says:

    There are indeed different sizes of memory wire and yes, there is oval. I did invest a small amount in the pliers that have two small tips and two sizes for bending the end of the wire, plus you MUST not use your regular cutters to cut the wire or the wire will ding your lovely cutters. The memory wire cutters are specifically for cutting the hard memory wire (it almost breaks or snaps it instead of cutting). The only downside is that it uses a LOT of beads and can be expensive unless you are using plastic beads. I have had some glass beads crack and break also.

  • Dianne says:

    Has anyone had the problem of Memory Wire pulling out of shape on the wrist? I have made a few bracelets and the wire seems to be not strong enough to support the beads. I used three loops and I didn’t use any large beads, just some medium ones, small ones and seed beads. Are there different gauges of memory wire?

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