In my quest to continue to expand on my capabilities, I have been using rivets and cold connections in my designs. I just recently made this bracelet - which I love!
The bracelet features a piece of tubing, flattened, with a triple strand of fine silver wire that I fused at the ends, twisted, flattened and riveted to the focal piece. I chose 18 gauge fine silver because it is a bit more pliable than sterling silver. Plus, I wanted the extra bright shiny pop of silver on top to stand out against the antiqued copper in this mixed metal piece.
Although not a true cuff bracelet in the sense of the word, I shaped the focal to bend gently around the wrist, so it stays "on top" of the wrist, rather than turning around on the wrist.
Now, I have to be honest here - those are purchased rivets - Crafted Findings to be exact (purchased here) - which I love. But, last year, I actually made my first wire rivet, with the aid of an e-course from Kerry Bogert. I have attempted to make wire rivets the "right" way since, and failed each time. But, with the unexpected additional tips I picked up from Tracy Stanley's video, Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing, I decided to try again. (Yes - I love this video!)
So armed with 14 and 16 gauge wire, I have started on this chain.
Personally, I am finding it easier and easier with the repetitiveness of making each link.
It's still in its crude form and needs a bit of sanding (and definitely some liver of sulfur and a buff and tumble), but I see some potential here!
Have you been challenged to try something new lately? If so, please share!
Thanks for stopping by - until next time!