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Red, white, and blue cuff

Creating a multi-coil pattern on memory wire can be a little intimidating at first. Try this: Lay out a pattern, covering about half of a bead board. Leave these beads on the board while you duplicate the pattern on memory wire. String the laid-out beads as your last repeat. Looks like we took the “memory” out of memory wire, so you can string this cuff in less than an hour. 

Supplies

bracelet

  • 3–5 10 mm silver-capped beads
  • 16–24  9 mm oval beads
  • 12–18 8 mm round beads 
  • 26–38 6 mm round beads
  • 48–72 5 mm round beads
  • 16–24 6 mm crystal rondelles
  • 24–36 5 mm crystal rondelles
  • 10–14 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 8–12 4 mm round crystals
  • 8–12 5 mm spacers
  • 24–36 4 mm spacers
  • 2 6 mm bead caps
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • memory wire, 21⁄4 in. (5.7 cm) diameter
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • heavy-duty wire cutters
  • bead design board

Silver-capped beads from Kate’s Treasure, katestreasure.com. Wood beads from Rings & Things, 800.366.2156, rings-things.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

Instructions

Red white and blue cuff 1
Step 1
Red white and blue cuff 2
Step 2
1. Lay out a pattern in the channel of a bead design board. Mine covered about half  the board. Place the remaining beads in separate compartments of the board.

2. Use heavy-duty wire cutters to cut a piece of memory wire about nine coils long. Use roundnose pliers to make a loop on one end.
Red white and blue cuff 3
Step 3
Red white and blue cuff 4
Step 4
3. String the pattern and repeat two or three times. String the beads left in the channel. Make a loop and trim the excess wire.

4. On a decorative head pin, string two beads and a bead cap. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the dangle and an end loop and complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end.
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