Supply List for Macrame Wire Cuff
Please see the end of this list for information on bead stores, and how to contact me if you have
questions. ! Mïa
- chain nose pliers - look like needle nose pliers, but the inside of the jaws is smooth, as
opposed to serrated. Pulling the wire into a knot can be a bit rough (but not terrible!) on
hands not used to wire work. A second plier would allow you to pull from the left and right
sides with the tools instead of your fingers if you think that might be an issue.
- flush cutting wire snips - fine wire snips designed for getting into small places and making
- round nose pliers - pliers with smooth, round tapered jaws, for bending wire and creating
loops (please do not get the kind with the silicone coated tips)
For This project I would recommend using craft wire, as opposed to precious metal. Craft wire
on a spool is “soft” and easy to work with when it comes to macramé. Also, since this project
requires a bit of trial and error, the inexpensive craft wire is a economical place to start. You will
need 1 spool or packet of 22 g. wire for the base of the bracelet, and one spool or packet of 24g
for the embellishments.
This example is from the Beadazzled website, but it is carried in their stores as well.
This example is from Fusion Beads, which illustrates what I mean when I say “spool” or
I used 5 different kinds of beads in my design. You can use less (or maybe more!), but the
ones with the stars are essential. I have a fairly large wrist, but I would still consider these
numbers as minimums – it never hurts to have some extras, just in case. Please refer to the
picture of the bracelet as a reference:
Center Bead* - This bead is the center/focal point of your bracelet, and larger than the
others. Mine is approximately 30mm wide by 25mm long. This bead should be slightly
flattened and have a hole that runs all the way through the bead. Remember, the hole will
run perpendicular to your arm. Please be sure your bead has a hole! Items without
holes will NOT be dealt with in this class. Thanks.
Base Beads* - These are the beads that make up the base of the bracelet (encircle your
wrist). I used ceramic beads that measure approx 8mm. My bracelet took 12 of these.
Embellishing beads #1* - These are the beads that make up the first row of embellishment
off the base. I used diamond shaped beads that are approx 7mm long by 5mm wide. A
6mm round would work here as well. My bracelet took 24 of these.
Embellishing beads #2 and #3 – These can be optional, depending on how “fancy” you want
your piece to be. For #2 I used size 8 seed beads, and for #3 I used 4mm glass rounds. I
used approx 120 #2’s (so 1 tube of seed beads is plenty) and 120 #3’s.
Framing beads – Lastly, and also optional, I used a flat 4mm bead to frame my center piece.
It took 16 to encircle my particular center.
It sounds like a lot, but it is more manageable than you think. With the time we have for class,
you may not be able to finish more than the first embellishing row, however the great thing is,
that once you learn that step, you can repeat it as many times as you like at home.
Please note that though I used to live in Washington, I don’t any longer. For information on local
bead stores, please consult the website of the Bead Museum/ Bead Society of Greater
Washington for the one nearest you (though the museum is no longer open, the link is still
good): www.beadmuseumdc.org/links.html. Please be sure to call/google to verify supplies
available, locations and hours of operation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com, or call my