Do you remember memory wire from when you first started making jewelry? I sure do. I would make bracelets aplenty filled with Czech Glass beads of various sizes and colors. These bracelets were a great starting point for me because I did not have to worry about making sure they fit (they are flexible and one-size-fits-all) and I did not have to worry about how to attach a clasp (no clasp needed).
As my jewelry skill repertoire expanded, I must admit that I used memory wire less and less. It wasn’t that I stopped enjoying it, it’s just that I tended to forget about it when thinking about what project to start next. However, about a year ago, something started to shift in the fashion world and all of a sudden memory wire was everywhere I looked. Top designers started taking notice of this useful component. They were capitalizing on the fact that you could make all sorts of bracelet designs that looked on-trend but did not take a lot of time or effort to put together. It seems that once one design house used it, everyone else woke up to the fact at how cool it was and now today I see it in the cases of Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue – not to mention tons of little boutiques!
Anchor Charm Memory Wire Bracelet Kit
With memory wire you can make single strand bracelets (one loop) all the way up to 12 strand bracelets that are wonderfully wide and mimic the stacked bracelet look. Bracelets are still the absolute hottest accessories out there right now, and with memory wire you can create an infinite number of bracelet designs. To get you started we have created a Using Memory Wire in Jewelry Making page. This page pulls together all of Beadaholique’s free instructional videos, projects, and supplies that pertain to memory wire. From here you can find everything you need to start making memory wire bracelets.
To jump start your journey, here are some of the projects that Beadaholique designers have created based upon the trends we are seeing in the boutiques and fashion magazines.
The Dancing Lady Bug Bracelet. Memory wire has been inserted into braided round cork for a very on-trend look. Charms, also very popular right now, have been added to the ends.
The Gilded Rays Bracelet. This bracelet uses only a couple loops of memory wire but it packs a dramatic punch. Matte gold and daggers, what more could you ask for this season?
The Kavala Cuff in Night. Two hole beads are perfect to use with memory wire. They create nice even spaces between the loops and provide a more structured, solid appearance. With this additional structure, Kat was able to trim the loops in the back to create a cuff design.
The three bracelet examples above, all designed by Kat, pair an unexpected jewelry component with the memory wire. I personally think this is one of the main reasons why we are seeing a surge in memory wire bracelets. It is the unexpected added elements that are making memory wire feel fresh and new. I still love memory wire bracelets with traditional beads but try using shaped beads, two-hole beads, or even wire wrapping rhinestone cup chain onto it.
Whether memory wire is an old friend of yours or a new acquaintance, I hope this trend report has sparked your creativity and given you something new to think about.