Shocking. I know.
I can't help it. I learned a new shiny. :D Woven bangle bracelet shinies.
Bangles and cuffs have been on the radar all year. Another on the long list of things I want to learn how to make but never find the time. This weekend I found myself all caught up, with 2 half finished medallions that don't want to cooperate and a cab tree that was fighting me every step of the way when I decided... forget this. I'm not fighting with these. I'm gonna learn something new. So in keeping with the weaving I've been practicing the last several months, I pulled out a new book I got on my last trip to Powell's Books, Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry by Kaska Firor and went for it.
Somewhere around 10 hrs later, I had a bracelet. :D
A bangle bracelet even. :D I don't like the hook clasp so I need to come up with something better, and it came out waaaaay too small, but I absolutely love it. I've been working on a very similar thing with stones in the center and others with a different weave pattern, but I'd been having trouble pulling it all together. The book filled in the missing pieces for me which was awesome.
The whole bangle/woven bracelet thing has been chasing me around for a long while now. It's been my idea for men's shinies, which I totally lack in, or if not boy bling then some nice unisex shinies that make me go whoowhoo!
Enter bracelet try #2...
Same, only different. No swirlies and thicker weave. It's still too small, still needs a better closure, but... am totally diggin' it. Tonight I plan to antique it, see what it looks like.
Even though they are both too small, even for my tiny wrists, I was able to add some extension links that made them workable. I've been test driving them today and I am head over heels. They are nice and strong, sturdy feeling. They feel comfy. They are not getting snagged or hung up on anything or coming unclasped. Or any other plethora of things that can go wrong. I am well pleased.
New woven bangle bracelets. Coming soon.