Memory Wire, Copper and Peyote Tubes

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I am on a copper kick. I bought a bunch of antique copper beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads a couple years ago. I used a few here and there. But mostly I just enjoyed looking at them. In the bag. Until now…..

I made two bracelets and two pairs of earrings.

One bracelet has a wire bangle with screw on beads on the tips. The other one, I cut two lengths from the memory wire coil and combined them. I wanted a sturdier, single wrap around the wrist. Not multiple spirals like you usually see made up.


This first one has peyote tubes made from pretty matte amethyst seed beads. Lots of antique copper beads. I only had one bead like that lavender glass one. I am sad I didn’t have more. I like it.

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I am thinking about buying some copper spray paint to paint the balls on the tips. The silver stands out like a sore thumb. Have any of you tried painting metal findings with any success?


These earrings go with the amethyst and copper bracelet.

Here’s a picture of the supplies I used. Inexpensive copper colored wire. Copper earwires.

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For this next bracelet, I used painted wood beads. This is the one with the doubled memory wire. I dangled two filigree charms on the wire tips.

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I have a bunch of memory wire. I didn’t even make a dent in my stash. So… my plan is to make up a few more. Until I get bored and move on to something else.

Do you like working with memory wire?

Wirewrapping With Copper and Beads

Saturday, July 5

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I am happy to report that after only two days, my wirewrapping skills have improved. The wire gauge certainly makes a difference.

I am still working with practice wire. I want to get much better before I work with sterling silver. Or even gold filled wire, when I can afford it.

Late last night I was up, couldn’t sleep for all the boom, boom, hiss, hiss sounds from fireworks going off all over my neighborhood. I think I even heard a few gun pops mixed in. So I took my mind off all that racket by making some copper wire coils with my Coiling Gizmo and practiced wirewrapping.

This is what I made using 20 gauge copper colored wire from Darice. (The coils at the top right were made from 26 gauge wire.)

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The swirly design was in one of my books. Looks sort of like a musical symbol. It didn’t turn out exactly like the picture in the book. My wire gauge is thinner but it came out well enough that I didn’t undo it and start over.

I plan to add a few more sections to this and make a necklace.