Thursday, August 14, 2014


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!



Monday, August 11, 2014


The winner of this copper pendant:


Stephanie McGinley!

Stephanie, please send me your mailing address via email  ( and I will send this right out to you!

Thank you to everyone!