This week, I continued our series on Facebook Live on Memory Wire. The first installation was back in December when I talked generally about Memory Wire, including how to use my favorite Magnetic Claps, but today I focused specifically on FLAT Memory Wire. The fun thing about the Flat Memory Wire is that there is a whole program of findings and components that go along with it.
There are definitely benefits to using Flat Memory Wire including when you string up the components, because the Wire is flat, the components won’t spin around. The tops are always on top! There are three glue on components – a circle, an oval and a rectangle in Silver Plated and Gold Color. These are perfect for gluing all of the flat backed crystal and cab components that you have in your beading stash. The best glue to use is the Bead Fix 2-Part Epoxy, but a good alternative is Bead Fix Gel. In the video, I show how to glue size ss29 crystals and a really pretty square checkerboard crystal to the findings.
The Head Pin Holder and Built-in Pin Flat Memory Wire Findings are a unique way to make your designs sit on top of the Memory Wire rather than strung onto the wire. I definitely want to use some pyramid beads to make an on-trend spiky bracelet. Make sure you leave more of the head pin than I did in the video if you want a bigger spiral!
As much as I love the glue on and head pin components, the Cup Findings are my favorite part of this program! The ss29 Swarovski Crystal Flat Backs and Pointy Backs fit perfectly into the cup, and the Beadalon CZs in 6mm make for an outrageously sparkly faux tennis bracelet which would be perfect for a Bride….or another special occasion.
Don’t forget – always use Memory Wire Shears to cut your Memory Wire! And the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers are a great way to turn loops on the end of the Memory Wire. You can also use Glue On End Cap made especially for the Flat Memory Wire to end your design.
We just went over the schedule for the Facebook Live Videos for the next few months, and we have some really cool projects, tips, and tricks coming up! I hope you’ll continue to join us live, but you can always catch up on the Beadalon Facebook Page.
See you next time and happy beading!