Monday, March 10, 2008

Recent Projects - Orbiting Bangle Bracelet

I'm not normally a bangle bracelet person -- but I really like the organic look of this piece. While I haven't succeeded in finishing much work lately, I did manage to complete this project for a class I was taking.

Four bangle bracelets were formed from 14 gauge square wire. After shaping each ring on a round mandrel, I then 'warped' each piece slightly so that each was no longer flat. The four bracelets were soldered together, and then the patterned silver discs were soldered on to cover the joins. The bracelet features three blue topaz and three iolite cabochons.

Fun! And because each ring is soldered to the others, you have the look of multiple bangles, but without the normal clanking and clinking.