How To Turn Your Focal Beads Into Beautiful Jewelry Pieces … Perfect for Giving:
Today’s photo is of a cuff bracelet featuring large disc beads, stone chips and two gauges of copper wire. It has an open and airy, yet substantial look. Hopefully my mom likes it… because she’s getting this piece of jewelry as a birthday present.
You’ve probably seen similar styled cuff bracelets out there before. I wanted to try it without a whole lot of beads on it so that the disc beads would become more of a focus along with the wire itself.
Heavy 14 gauge copper wire was first bent and shaped to form the main frame work of the cuff. Finer 24 gauge copper wire was used to secure sections where 2 pieces of heavy wire came together in the design.
Then, using a chasing hammer and a steel block, I work-hardened the heavy gauge wire, being careful not to hit or nick the finer wire. This hardening process provides artistic character… and it helps to keep the bracelet from bending and getting out of shape.
Using the 24 gauge copper wire, I then attached and wrapped the disc beads plus the stone chips, to the bracelet frame.
One thing I really like about this bracelet, is how it can be squeezed in a bit to match the size of your wrist. This makes it so that it’s always just the right size for anyone that wears it.
Crossing my fingers that my Mom likes it. It was designed to go with the convertible copper necklace that I made for her at Christmas time.
What do you think? Would you wear a piece of jewelry like this?