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« on: February 27, 2008 12:25:29 PM »

Hi all

I'm stuck in a rut with seed beads and memory wire and really don't know where to go from here, I'm new to beading and love it but what now? here are some pictures of bracelets I have made already but I need ideas... any help would be fantastic!
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008 12:50:16 PM »

For some inspiration:

http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008 01:15:05 PM »

Beautiful Bracelets!  Love them!
I have only just gotten into beading myself, and am having a great time!  I've been doing earings, and wanted to branch out into memory wire but, maybe you can help me...
I am having a hard time ending the memory wire.  It is really hard to "loop closed".  Is there a secret?
Other than that, my inspirational words are.... EARRINGS!!!
Have fun!
My first earrings:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218236.msg2347946#msg2347946
An inspriational post I just bookmarked that you may like, because it uses memory wire in earrings!:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230261.0
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2008 12:07:25 AM »

Ooh - I like the third one Cheesy

Noisy bracelets always look like they are fun to make, now I'm no jeweller, but I think you choose a load of beads which go well together and thread them on headpins (?), then twist the headpins onto each loop of a chunky curb bracelet.

- here's a bracelet someone made for me.

Here's a shop selling chain, and the ones I've got are finished with toggle clasps, which are great because they are easy to do up & undo without help.

Here's another thing you can do with memory wire - knitters row counter bracelet - the one I have is memory wire, not cord, which is good because the beads slide along easily.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008 10:51:35 AM »

Thanks for the link to the website - great for inspiration.

NaomiJ the pliers I use to finish off memory wire are called long nose internal pliers, memory wire isn't too difficult to make a loop once you have discovered the joys of these pliers - the make the finish really neat and tidy - I have taken a picture of them for you



hope that helps

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008 11:37:23 AM »

Thanks so much for the tip!
I have larger "round" pliers that I used to make the earrings, but the memory wire was a struggle.  Maybe if I purchased a smaller pair it would work easier... I'll post any successes!  I can't wait to go and try!  (Too bad I'm at work right now!)
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2008 12:44:46 PM »

http://neithj.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html

i accidently ran across this site today and have been inspired because i was getting a little bored with memory wire.
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« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2008 12:56:51 AM »

Thanks white belt what a wonderful site - I think thats a level I will have to work towards! (Any excuse to make more Grin  )

No problems NaomiJ - it's still a little tough but so much easier (and you can add cute little beads on jump rings to finish it off)
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2008 06:48:09 PM »

Mommy 2 Flo:

Just wanted to thank you for your help!  Look what you helped create!  (The sequins are my fav!!!!)


Thanks so very much again! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2008 04:29:57 AM »

Maybe try bead weaving? Suzanne Cooper has a great instruction site for flat and tubular, even and uneven peyote stitch.
http://www.suzannecooper.com/classroom/classmain.html
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