Twilight Tide Pool Bracelet Tutorial

Written by
Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue


Designer Tips
  • Memory wire is steel, and unkind to most jewelry tools. Use heavy-duty flush cutters to cut the desired length: Most memory wire bracelets are 3-5 coils. The design pictured is about 3.5 coils. Tip: Flush cutters cut the wire flat, rather than pointed, so you don't have to file the end flat (flush).
  • Use memory-wire bending pliers (or other strong round-nose pliers) to make a loop at one end of the wire. Close the loop tightly, or the triangle beads will sneak onto the loop.
  • String 3-10 blue triangle beads, then 3-7 blue tube beads. Continue alternating random quantities of these 2 styles of beads until you've gone about 3/4 of the way around the first circle.
  • String a single triangle, a single purple "cornerless" cube bead, a single triangle, and a few blue tube beads.
  • Repeat this pattern until you reach the end of the bracelet. End with same number of triangle "heishi" beads that you started with. Make another round loop.
  • Set the crystals:
    • Place a 10mm bermuda blue sea urchin crystal stone in a setting. Use your fingers or nylon-jaw pliers to begin pressing the points of the "crown" evenly over the stone.
    • Finish by using a burnishing tool (or the rounded smooth end of a Sharpie marker) to smooth all the points firmly down over the stone.
  • Use the memory-wire pliers to twist an end loop slightly open, just enough to slip the setting onto. Completely re-close the loop.
  • Optional: Use a jump ring to give the crystal charm more freedom of movement.
  • Repeat at other end of bracelet.


Suggested Supplies


  • 1 oz [use 3-5 coils] #61-177 Beadalon Stainless Steel Memory Wire Coil, Bracelet, 0.025", 1oz
  • 2 each #01-695-10-03 Swarovski 1695 Sea Urchin Stone, 10mm - Crystal Bermuda Blue
  • 2 each #41-878-01-10-3 JBB Findings Silver Plated Pendant Bezel Setting, 1 Loop, 10mm I.D.
  • 1 strand [use about 1/4 strand]#21-533-320 Electroplated Hematine Gemstone Bead, Triangle Heishi, 3mm - Blue
  • 1 strand [use about 1/2 strand] #21-612-320 Electroplated Hematine Gemstone Bead, Tube, 4mm - Blue
  • 1 strand [use 5 beads] #21-583-321 Electroplated Hematine Gemstone Bead, Cornerless Cube, 3mm - Purple

Tools


  • #69-057 Heavy-Duty Economy Cutter
  • #65-701 Beadalon Jewelry Pliers, Memory Wire Bending
  • #69-271-91 Nylon-Jaw Flat-Nose Pliers
  • #69-101 Burnisher