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    I took on a comission to repair a rose quartz chip bracelet, I was originally strung on clear elastic sort of woven together to make a cuff.
    Unsurprisingly the chips cut through the elastic.
    My original idea was to re-do it on softflex as five strands and a barspacer with a 5-1 reducer with toggle clasp.
    However I have struggled to find cheap sterling silver findings for it, (lady wanted sterling, but does not want to spend too much as only a cheap bracelet in first place)

    ARE YOU ALL STILL WITH ME? WAKE UP AT THE BACK THERE!

    So I have been dreaming about this bracelet (honestly!) and I think the answer may be memory wire, which should keep it as a cuff but be cheaper and no findings.

    SO....... HANG IN THERE I'M GETTING TO IT NOW!

    What do you think? I have never used memory wire before, will it look like a cuff or, will it look to much like strands? Do I really, really have to buy memory wire cutters, I don't want to, just for one bracelet, I see lots of memory wire on ebay is it any good or should I go for a brand name?

    THANKS
    Last edited by hdflred; 25-04-2009, 09:52 AM.
    Harriet

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  • #2
    I'm not really a memory wire user , used to sell it but never worked with it....wouldn't it be to thick for quartz chips?
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    • #3
      Ha, I have no idea? would it? oh bum!

      I think I have seen chip memory wire items for sale though.......... will go and look for some more info
      Harriet

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      • #4
        It might not be but some of the holes in the chips can be tiny..lol not much help am I
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        • #5
          I've made loads with chips and never had a problem. Memory wire is very bead hungry though. As for cutting it you really need the right tool- it is tuff! My neighbour is an engineer and I go borrow his super duper wire cutter each time I buy a reel
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          • #6
            Yes you can use memory wire but you can loose a few of the chips on the way but shouldn't be too many! If you're going to cut it don't use your best set of pliers though as it will damage them. I think you can buy a variety of sizes of memory wire for bracelets can't remember now all my stuff was packed last week away waiting for the plasterer to come but never turned up!

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            • #7
              Hiya

              Yes memory wire would be good. chips should fit fine, I use seed beads on them some times and these are mostly ok except for really tiny ones. Definitely agree with don't use your best cutters if you aren't getting specific ones as will blunt them. Just be wary when buying memory wire, don't go for the cheapest you can find as can be flimsy but if you go mid range should be good. For finishing I tend to bend the ends into a circle and hang a dangle off them to look pretty. You can use memory wire end caps glued on aswell, I just prefer to finish with a loop as I am always paranoid that the end caps will come off! Although I know that plenty of people use the end caps very successfully, just a matter of preference.

              Hope this helps.

              Jo x
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              • #8
                Personally used the end caps for memory wire and each time they fell off even tried every glue on the market! just bend them over and hang off a tag or something that you can call your own so to speak! maybe a tag or just some beads you like that you can call your very own signature mark!

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                • #9
                  I'm agreeing with the above posters...I have used my ordinary cutters to cut memory wire (don't worry they were cheap!) and it has started to make dents in them and blunt them so definately use cheap cutters or ones from someone's toolbox if possible!

                  There are 2 sizes of bracelets (as I discovered thanks to the lovely people on this forum). If you look on here http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/memory-wire.html you can see the variety available (I'll admit this page is a little confusing but they have such a big range it's worth persevering).

                  HTH,
                  Lorna x
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                  • #10
                    Thanks every one

                    I have ordered some wire and I will let you know how it goes.....................
                    Harriet

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