Monday, June 25, 2007

Solid Sterling Bangle

















Ta dah!! This is what the bangle in my last post looks like with sterling beads in place of the blue India glass. I used a shorter core wire this time, a slightly shorter focal "bead" (that elaborate wire piece in the center) and shortened each of the four twisted wire segments; and, while it fits a bit better than the blue version, it's still a little oversized for me. But my wrists measure a little under 5.5". So, I will, of course, keep tryin'!

Though I'm wondering if this bangle just wasn't meant for me. The larger gauge wire core and clasp provide a sturdy base on which to wrap wire and slide interesting beads .. but I've been toying for awhile with the idea of trying a significantly smaller gauge for a lighter, more delicate bangle design. Not necessarily THIS design .. but something incorporating some interesting little precious metal clay beads, smaller gauge twisted wire, etc. The idea is still stewin' for the moment .. so keep watch.

4 comments:

Wizened Wizard said...

Soooo beautiful!

The Lone Beader said...

I really love your bracelets. They are quite elegant. Keep up the great work=:)

Tracy Talbot said...

Okay, you are officially my jewelry making idol. Another one knocked out of the park! I have so much to learn. I've only been learning jewelry making for about a year and haven't found a resource for learning the wire work but I LOVE it. I've done chain maille (byzantine, trizantine, jen's pind), and stone wrapping though. Any books, tutorial websites, classes you suggest would be greatly appreciated.

The Wild Inside said...

Sherlyn Miller, Connie Fox and Eni Oken are my wire idols .. anything written by them is usually easy to understand.