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Goldfish Pond Bracelet

About this design:

This is the bracelet I designed to go along with my Goldfish Pond necklace. I struggle with bracelets because my wrist is small and it can be hard to get all the elements I intend to use into the small length necessary to fit properly. Most of the bracelets end up too long and come off over my hand; or I have to take out components and can't create the vision or theme I wish to depict.
Is the bracelet better with or without the Goldfish--Does he distract? Maybe it needs more dangles with him--He seems lonely.


Misc. Jasper hand-knapped nuggets, chips, and pebble; Green Girl Pewter Goldfish (LB); Pyrite (LB), Ceramic rounds, Ant Silver plate findings, accu-guards, 20ga wire.

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  1. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    This is GORGEOUS! It fits perfectly with the necklace! LOVE the jasper! Gonna have to find some way to use the pyrite I recently acquired! :)

  2. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    I like the dangling fish. It adds another point of interest. Beautiful necklace. I like the double strands of stone beads.

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Yes, the double strands in the necklace look real good! Love both! Guess you just have to try wearing the bracelet, and see how you feel about the Fish, and how it falls.

  4. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love it CC and it goes so well with the necklace. I like the little fish. Maybe he needs a friend. You can add some little flowers on linen to match the flower on the clasp. Instead of wire, add the fish with a jump ring – then it won’t dangle so long. Either way, it is such a pretty bracelet.

  5. CAS
    CAS says:

    He can swim in my pond anyday! Utterly charming bracelet that goes perfectly with the necklace … very oooohhhhh … aaaahhhh.

    CC, I have the opposite problem with bracelets … my wrist is large for a woman. I’ve always had trouble buying bracelets because my wrist is more man-sized, and I have wide palms, so bangles don’t work for me either (I can’t get my hand through them). I have a horrible time making bracelets for other people because anything I make ends up way too big for them.

  6. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    What is average size? My wrist is 6 1/2 and they say that is average but I think it is large because most of my friends have smaller wrists. I try to make my bracelets 7 or 7 1/2 inches.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks everyone for the help and compliments!

    Del, I like the idea of removing the wrap and using a jumpring. I think the wire wrap is what was bothering me. A flower bud might be nice too! :) My wrist is 5 1/2″ so with large beads I aim for almost 7″.

    CAS, Wearing bangles is almost impossible for me. They are like dangerous ‘missiles’ as they fly off when I wave my arms! (I’m part Italian so I do a lot of waving!) I have to push them up over my elbow for them to stay on. :)

  8. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    I love this, it goes so beautifully with the necklace.

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Very pretty. I also love the necklace….I must have missed it. Beautiful muted shades.
    I like the fish on the bracelet. Maybe he needs some very small beads that could be water bubbles as company.

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    deleted says:

    I like the bold, chunky textures of this bracelet as well as the colors and the touch of silver. The fish is a good size to go with the large nuggets and I think adding smaller pieces would be confusing. I agree about putting the fish on a jumpring; you could get a little fancy with a rope ring, if you like, and maybe moving it closer to the center.

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thank you so much!! You have all been so much help!
    I definitely think a jumpring on the fish would be best. What about a Unicorne glass drop to resemble a bubble?
    Dropalotta–What do you mean by moving it closer to the center? Between the beads somewhere?
    :) :) :)

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is a perfect compliment to your necklace :D

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    deleted says:

    Crystal Canary, using your main photo as a reference, the 11 o’clock position between the flat chips and the brown ceramic nugget might work. One idea that could work, but requires re-stringing, is to add a toggle ring between the flat chips, and the fish can attach to the hanging end ring that normally gets a crimped wire. The toggle bar can be saved for use with a leather bracelet.

  14. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Dropalotta, Thanks for sharing your idea! I really appreciate your response. I used the same flower lobster as the one on the necklace, so I would like to keep it in the design. But, maybe he can be attached with a larger jumpring between the pebble and larger ceramic. That’s what I love about Lima–when we get stumped, there is usually some help just a click away! :)

  15. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Forget my last comment–I reread what you said and ‘sunk in’ what you meant–Great idea! (And I can still keep the lobster!) :)

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I like the fish. Besides having the point of interest he serves 2 more purposes: His weight balances the stones on your wrist and he gives your fingers something to hang on to when you are trying to clasp the bracelet. I might be tempted to add one more dangle with him to serve the same 3 purposes he serves. :) Make it from a little pile of stone chips from the necklace. Weight, interest, and a grab-hold point.

  17. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Becky, I so know what you mean about needing weight at the bottom of a bracelet! That is one reason I added the goldfish. I always try to strategically put the heaviest stones near the clasp to keep the weight centered there. A grab-hold point is a new thought for me; I usually get frustrated playing ring-around-the-wrist as it slides all over when I am trying to clasp it! Thanks again! :)

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    deleted says:

    You’re both right about needing a grab point when you’re trying to fasten a lobster clasp. It’s so frustrating when you need to rush out the door and it’s taking too long to fasten your bracelet. How about a jasper round dangle?

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