Series 4-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.

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Tile cuff 1 DIY PDF Tutorial

This cuff bracelet was inspired by the inlay stone cuff bracelets made by the Native American Zuni tribe from the New Mexico area. The Zuni were lapidary masters. They did stone inlay on shell bases and later on in silver. Inlay consists in bringing together multiple colored stones to form a design or pattern. There are three major types of inlay: channel, mosaic or “stone to stone” inlay, cobblestone or raised inlay and chip.The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 10 pages, 24 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! It comes with a Bonus Mini Tutorial to make your own mandrel. For beginner skill students.