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Trends come and go, so it’s nice to be able to create a “now” piece on the cheap. Use Scrimp beads instead of loops to finish the ends of the memory wire — you can unscrew them and reuse your bracelet components when the next trend hits. Now that’s economical!

SUPPLIES

  • 4 20mm oval jewels, double drilled
  • 4 20mm rectangular jewels, double drilled
  • 22 3mm spacer beads
  • memory wire, bracelet diameter
  • 4 Scrimp beads
  • Scrimp screwdriver
  • heavy-duty wire cutters
  • adhesive (optional)

Materials from Michaels, michaels.com for store locations. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Cut two coils of memory wire. Center a spacer on each wire. On each side, over both wires, string an oval jewel.
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2. On each end, on each wire, string two spacers. On each side, over both wires, string a rectangular jewel.
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3. On each end, on each wire, string a spacer. On each side, over both wires, string an oval jewel. Repeat, substituting a rectangular jewel for the oval.
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4. On each end, on each wire, string a spacer and a Scrimp. Use a screwdriver to tighten the Scrimp.
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5. Trim the excess wire. If there is a nub of wire showing, unscrew the Scrimp and move it to cover the nub. Reattach the Scrimp.
Tip!
  • If you don’t want to reuse your Scrimps, add a touch of glue to the wire before you attach them for extra security.
  • Turn the head of the screw toward the inside of the bracelet to hide it before you secure the Scrimp.

Earring options

Stack small jewels for a more understated look, or use large jewels to create bold posts.

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