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This is a gorgeous book mark design that will allow you to create an endless number of unique pieces by choosing different types of ribbons and colored beads to match. Further customize these book marks by adding alphabet beads and number beads to spell a name or create a special message.
 
Memory Wire Cuff Bracelet

Technique: Memory Wire

Supplies & Materials:
memory wire, an assortment of beads, sterling silver 4 strand spacer bar, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, memory wire cutter*

Beads & Components:
Our example features beads ranging in size from 4mm to 10mm and include Czech glass, Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and many shapes. Shapes include bicones, rounds, tear drops, briolettes and rondelles. This is another great project to incorporate your left over or orphaned beads.

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*Important Note: Only use memory wire cutters to cut memory wire. Tools that are not designed to cut memory wire will become damaged when attempting to cut memory wire.


1 Layour your design on a multi-strand bead board. Because you will be joining four strands of memory wire together with spacer beads, plan your design so that the space that the beads take up between the spacers is consistent on every strand. This way the spacer bars will line up.  
2 Cut 4 pieces of memory wire about 3" longer than bracelet size. You may need to adjust the length depending on wrist size.

Next, create a loop on one end of each piece of memory wire.
 
3 When you are ready to start stringing, start one strand at a time including the spacer bars.

When one strand is complete, curl the end of the memory wire to secure the beads. Then start on the next strand.
 
4 When starting on the second strand, you will string on the first set of beads and then push the memory wire through the spacer bar. However, don't push the memory wire all the way through, inch the memory wire through little by little as you add beads, and go through the spacers.  
5 Shown: two strands in progress.  
6 Repeat until all strands are complete.  
7 Next, cut a piece of ribbon. The length of the ribbon will depend on the size of the book. Use one of your books to measure how long to cut the ribbon, remember that you will be folding the ribbon in half so cut the ribbon twice as long as you want the finished product to be.  
8 Thread the ribbon through the hammered ring and fold the ribbon in half, the ring should hang from the fold.  
9 Next, use an overhand knot and knot the ribbon above the hammered ring.  
10 Tighten the knot, this will secure the ring onto the ribbon and you are done!  
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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