Sunday, January 27, 2013

Year of Jewelry 2013 - Week 4 - "Not from the Mall"

This weeks challenge was to make a piece that you wouldn't be able to buy at the mall.  I had been percolating an idea all week about links - big giant copper links - something that involved hammering and fire.  I tried a few different designs, used a LOT of 14 gauge copper wire and finally came up with this link.  It is a simple design but it's elegant in its simplicity.

I cut the wire to length, torched one end of each piece - then (using one of the arms on my wine opener - yes really!) formed each ring. 

 
 
I then connected each link
 
 
 
created an hook clasp and "O" ring for closure
 
 
 


Finally I gave it a bath in Perma Blu to patina it, buffed the bracelet to highlight the copper and it was done.  I had great fun creating this piece that surely you would never find in a mall!

3 comments:

Shirley Moore said...

Wow! I love the aged look and feel, and the heavy gauge is a great look for this style link. Well done!

Linda Sadler said...

So creative! Love the link you designed.
Linda

Anonymous said...

amazing !! perfect gauge <3
beautiful work