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First Fire

Quantity needed for project:

Level: All

Estimated time: 4-5 Hours

Project and Sample by Janice Parsons

The first metal in history to be used by humans was copper and later it was heated over fire with tin to create bronze. For Janice, the mixing of these strong, earth minerals can feel very feminine. “ I don’t always need to wear pink to feel girlie. Powerful colors like charcoal and copper are just as appealing.”

Strung on Memory Wire, First Fire is an easy project for all levels. By focusing your bead choices in a limited color palette, the shapes, patterns and designs become more pronounced. But, don’t let that limit your creativity, mix it up however you want.

See the Project Map below for a Bird’s Eye View of what beads are paired together. First Fire is a Facebook Live Episode. Be sure to click on the VIDEO tab above to watch.

First Fire

Labradorite- 6mm


$10.00 USD

BGL1-2001 Matte Gunmetal

Japanese Bugles

$3.50 USD

4mm- Matte Metallic Antique Copper

4mm Czech Glass

$3.25 USD

4mm- Jet Cali Gold Rush

4mm Czech Glass

$3.25 USD

4mm- Pastel Bronze

4mm Czech Glass

$2.95 USD

11/0 Metal Seed Bead Antique Copper

Metal Beads

$7.00 USD

TL2002- Matte Metallic Silver Grey


$5.25 USD

Bracelet Memory Wire-Silver


$2.95 USD

2 inch Headpins- Bright Silver

Head Pins

$4.95 USD

Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel


$4.35 USD

Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers


$12.95 USD

Xuron Memory/Hard Wire Cutters


$18.95 USD

EuroTool Round Nose Plier


$12.95 USD

Project Map

A. Janice’s full 12-coil* design is a random pattern of bugles, 11/0 copper beads, and 3mm Fire Polish. The ends were finished with dangles made on head pins, which add a finishing touch. You can also end with a 3 or 4mm Fire Polish glued securely with Zap Glue and skip curling the wire.

B. Using Miyuki Tilas and 4mm Fire Polish, two coils have been strung with beads side-by-side to make wider bangles that can be popped into the 12 coil design for added embellishment. Carefully curl your wire so you don’t crack the fragile glass due to too much pressure from your round nose pliers or not enough space on the memory wire itself.

C. Go random and have fun mixing and matching your beads on single coils. Keep the coils and loops very close in length and size. With head pins, you have the option of adding more dangles to the single bangles or you can wrap them together and make a complete cuff using the 3mm fire polish (as shown on Facebook Live).

* Janice used the 2.25 (or 2-1/4) size Memory Wire, which will fit an average size adult-woman’s wrist. For a wrist smaller than 6 inches, select the 2 inch coil.