by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Wire Jewelry Inspiration for Sept 17, 2014
Creating Bracelets with Pattern Wire
This week I wanted to share a submission by one of our friends and instructors Rhonda Chase. Rhonda has given us several jewelry tips and patterns in the past including the Birds Nest Pendant and Earrings. She was also one of our Wire Jewelry Artist of the Month in 2011.
Rhonda shared with us two recently completed projects using Pattern Wire and I thought you would enjoy seeing them.
Both the Cherry Drops Bracelet and the Amber Waves Wire Wrapped Bracelet were accented with metal dyes and then sealed with a clear sealant.
Here’s how she created these beautiful pieces!
Cherry Drops Bracelet:
- Rhonda cut and filed sections of patterned copper wire and they were brushed with a Birchwood Casey M24 patina and buffed with a rubber Dremel bit.
- Holes were punched with a helicopter punch.
- The sections were accented with color using solvent dyes by Sculpt Nouveau.
- Copper jump rings and wire wrapped cherry quartz drops finish the piece adding lots of movement.
Amber Waves Wire Wrapped Bracelet:
- This cuff combines copper patterned wire and 22g copper square wire using standard wire wrapping techniques.
- Rhonda used the same patina and buffing as in the Cherry Drops Bracelet but with yellow solvent dye accenting the patterned wire.
- Integrated handmade clasp.
- Rhonda also used a steel bracelet mandrel and rawhide mallet to get the smooth shape and harden the wire.
To reach Rhonda directly – CLICK HERE.
Thanks Rhonda for sharing your beautiful creations with us!
For more ideas, be sure to peruse our FREE Jewelry patterns.