Making a memory wire bracelet is one of my favorite beading activities. I love how I can combine leftover beads from past projects together to make an eclectic, bohemian bracelet. There is literally no restrictions or rules when making a memory wire bracelet. It is a very versatile, fun and forgiving beading project. The only question most beaders have is, what size wire coil will fit my wrist best? Today I’ll discuss choosing the right size coil for your project.
Round memory wire is our most popular shape for bracelets. We offer four different size coils so everyone can find a size that will fit well and look great! Below is a little chart that shows the round bracelet memory wire we carry and the recommended wrist size for each.
Our in-house designers prefer to use the 2.25-inch diameter for most of our memory wire Inspiration Projects. This size creates a bracelet with an 8-inch diameter so it will fit many different wrist sizes. For those that have small wrists, a 2-inch or 1.75-inch diameter may work better. Our Inspiration Project Coral Crush Bracelet uses a 1.75 coil and, as you can see from the pictures below, the bracelet is quite compact.One more important tip for sizing; If you plan to use large beads, the inner diameter of your finished bracelet will be smaller. In this circumstance, I recommended using a wire one size larger than usual to ensure the bracelet will fit comfortably on you.
If you need help making a memory wire bracelet, be sure to check out our detailed Finishing Memory Wire tutorial for step-by-step instructions!
Happy Tuesday! – Rebecca