Memory Wire Necklace,
Jewelry Making Instructions

To make a memory wire necklace with beads is easy to do, but special jewelry making pliers are required. Find out how and why!

Memory Wire Choker

If you're looking for a very easy bead jewelry project, try making a memory wire choker.

This one made of rondelle shaped malachite beads and round sterling silver beads.

It makes a great jewelry making idea when looking to make mens beaded necklaces.

Memory wire necklace made of malachite and silver beadsMemory wire necklace made of malachite and silver beads

If you keep the beaded design simple, a memory wire necklace is a great way to make mens beaded necklaces.

Beaded Necklace Instructions
How to Make a Memory Wire Choker Necklace

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Time to Complete: About 30 minutes

Bead Prerequisite Beading Technique:

Making simple wire loops

Bead Jewelry Making Supplies

  • a selection of jewelry making beads
  • necklace size memory wire

Bead Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • memory wire cutters
  • round nose pliers

Here's more information on how to use jewelry pliers.

Memory Wire Cutters and WireMemory Wire Cutters and Wire
Memory Wire Cutters and Necklace Size Memory Wire

Memory wire is made of steel. Memory wire cutters are made to cut steel. If you try to use regular jewelry making pliers to cut memory wire, the steel will bend your regular pliers.

Bead Jewelry Making Instructions

1. Gather beads, supplies and tools. Determine your design.

2. Using memory wire cutters, cut about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 coils of memory wire.

Using the round nose pliers, make a simple wire loop on one end of the memory wire.

Memory Wire Necklace

3. On the end of the memory wire without the wire loop, thread your beads onto the memory wire to begin making the necklace.

Memory Wire Necklace

4. Thread all the beads of your pattern onto the memory wire.

Make a simple wire loop on the second end of the memory wire.

You're done!

Memory Wire Necklace

Close up of simple wire loop.

Memory Wire Necklace

Memory wire jewelry is easy to make. This memory wire necklace is just of many memory wire bead jewelry projects that you'll have fun making.

Memory Wire Beading Tip

You can also use memory wire end caps to finish the ends of memory wire jewelry. Simply dab a little glue (perhaps E6000® epoxy glue) onto the end of the memory wire and thread on the memory wire end cap.

You can also dab a little glue between each of the last few beads on the strand, just to keep everything stable for wear and tear.

Memory Wire Necklace End Cap

Try making this simple beaded necklace design as a mens beaded necklace for the guy in your life.

He'll love it!

Change up the beads. Wood, bone, black onyx are great options.

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