16 April 2008

Bangled up in blue

Here's an interesting wirewrapping technique I adapted from a tutorial I can't find now (I would like to reference it, of course): using 24-gauge sterling wire on a core of 16-gauge half-hard sterling wire, I wrapped high-grade lapis heishe and fancy Balinese silver rondelles around the edge of the bangle. This makes the bracelet sturdy enough to keep its shape, and it goes on and comes off easily with the integral hammered S-hook clasp. I've made several of these now, including one in mookaite and sterling, one in "African Jade" (actually a grossular garnet) and sterling, and one in black onyx and copper.