Series 1-Bracelets,Cuffs,Bangles

Bangles, cuffs and bracelets, they are all jewelry meant to be worn on the wrist.

 Bangles are essentially large rings,wide enough to slide over the hand and sit at the wrist.

Thin, plain, wide, textured, with stones or charms, they are fun to wear, because you can mix and match as many as you want to wear.

Bangles are like stacker rings; you never can have enough.

Bracelets are made of articulate modules connected to wrap around the wrist and close with a clasp. 

There are many elements to choose from to personalize a design and make a bracelet unique.

 The links or modules, can be fabricated or cast and may have embellishments such as set stones, enamels, or metal cutouts in contrasting color.

 The connective elements can be simple jump ring, balled end wires or cast connectors.

 There are an immense variety of clasps to choose from, it can be magnetic, a toggle, a hook & eye.

There are also other decorative elements, like charms, that can be added to make a bracelet special.

 There is also the “brangle”, a bracelet and a bangle mix, it has a rigid arched piece attached to an articulated section.

 A cuff is a rigid oval or circle, open on one side, that slides sideways onto the arm or wrist.

They can be skinny or wide.

 Cuff are statement pieces, big and attention getting.

With lots of texture and colors this tutorial collection begins with two of my best selling metalwork jewelry classes at Bead & Button Wisconsin two year in a row.

 “Sterling silver cuff with foldformed insert “and “Reticulated silver over copper cuff with foldformed cabochon”.

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Reticulated Silver Over Copper Cuff DIY Tutorial

Reticulated silver over copper cuff with foldformed cabochon. Reticulation is a process in which silver is made to buckle in to ridges and valleys adding a very interesting and strong surface texture to the metal. This method produces one-of-a-kind pieces, very dramatic and organic looking. Foldforming, a relatively new way of manipulating metal is another technique that gives a very interesting surface to metal. Our cuff will have as a focal piece a foldformed cabochon, treated with chemical patinas to achieve a deep rich blue-green color. The cabochon will be attached with a riveted setting onto the reticulated cuff. This is a perfect project to recycle all your sterling silver scraps cutouts. This is a project for the intermediate to advanced student. It requires the use of an acetylene torch with a big tip. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 18 pages, 59 photos and plenty of tips!

Sterling Silver Cuff DIY Tutorial

Sterling silver cuff with foldformed insert & patina application Make a unique bold sterling silver cuff with a rich colored patina fold- formed insert. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 7 pages, 19 photos, a template and plenty of tips!