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All Hand Made Bracelet

About this design:

I have a lot going on at the moment, spring coming in the garden, selling at a fair next week, work... One pic is from my greenhouse (which I keep heated at night), really proud to eat my own salad already!! Outside we've had frost every night the last week.
I've been busy incorporating all my new metal skills into my "style", and here is one result. Well, the leather strap wasn't made by me, but the rest is made from copper sheet and bronze wire. Shaped the little domes with a basic tool (no idea what it's called, and no time for research now...) and fused on the little silver swirls for fun. The last bracelet pic is of a version without the swirls (some like it plain :-) ). Then I made the chain/clasp, fusing the large rings and connecting with open jump rings (much stiffer when small). Tumbled all the parts -- and hooray! leave jump rings open in the tumbler, having cut with some really good pliers I just bought: no need to file or sand!
Tried to glue on the metal to the ends, but it kept for a week, then started to come loose, so I bored a hole through the lot, and riveted it with some heavy gauge copper wire, just a bit longer than the width of the strap (hammered it from both sides with a ball punch so it flattened and widened at the ends.
The copper is varnished, and the bronze wire is waxed (thought wax would wear neater, let's see).


10 mm leather strap (local shop), copper sheet (quite thin, found it in dad's garage, must be ancient!), bronze wire, some sterling silver, fusing silver and copper. (Some of the starting materials are shown in the last pic!)

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  1. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Oh wow, this is so cool. I love how shinny the copper is. I almost bought a sheet of copper this weekend, but shyed away from it as I’m not sure how to work with it. I really want to try it though. You have done such awesome job here. Can you come to B.C and teach me????? Lol!!

  2. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    WOW!!! Such energy. And what a lovely garden. Seems to me EVERYTHING you do turns to – SUCCESS.
    Supportive husband, 1 boy, 1 girl – and you are so talented in the jewelry dept. And you live in Europe; wuldn’t want to live there, butg love it’s history and would love to see it, but – at 72 I’m too old to travel; been to Hawaii and Mexico; that’s enough.

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful metalwork! Fantastic design!

    Tell me, please, that you don’t also work fulltime so I don’t feel like a total failure. :-D

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Ok, I just read your profile. ! LOL! I work in a micro lab, too! See, we always have to be doing something with our hands! :)

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love what you did with the leather accenting it with all your hard work wire components! Beautiful, Monica!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Thanks a lot, everyone :-)
    JC: a bit far, but I’d love to! SYD: you should see the dust heaps in the corners :-) Life is too short to keep the floor sparkling at all times… You’re not REALLY too old to travel, but if you don’t feel like doing it — don’t!
    Becky: yeah, I noted I had a colleague there! (Your pseudonym…) Actually I work 6 h days, but I have a 1 h 10 min commute by train each direction. The greenhouse was hard work in the beginning, now it makes things easier: growing seedlings is less work when everything is ready there, and can be left around. But I do have much more ideas than time to try them!

  7. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Oh, I didn’t know you lived in Europe. I have been many times since I am first-generation. I too have a big garden in the summer but would like to get a greenhouse as well. Very nice metal skills. I always wanted to learn but took up seed beading instead because I am afraid of burning down my house.

    My potatoes and greens are coming up in my garden in raised beds. The frosts are over.

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Super cool combo of leather and metal! Love this look!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Del: metal at this level isn’t too scary! Tried melting about 6 grammes of silver in a crucible at the metal class — THAT was scary!

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