Friday, August 24, 2007

Egyptian Coils Bracelet

I found the book, "Making Wire Jewelry" by Helen Clegg & Mary Larom which has the instructions for this piece and many other interesting designs. The book
includes actual size illustrations against which you can
compare the jewelry components you've made. I used 20 gauge copper wire. I think this bracelet would benefit from being antiqued. Rather than use the liver of sulphur method, I'm going to try using the hard boiled
egg method described here.

Friday, August 3, 2007

First Time Using a Jig

I made this bracelet using 20 gauge silver
wire and a jig. Since the wire flowers were a
bit uneven, I decided to use amethyst chips
instead of perfect little round amethyst beads
in keeping with the naive look.
I hammered each of the flowers before
connecting them with jump rings.
Unfortunately, between hammering and
trying to flatten the wire with pliers, I
managed to break more than one of
the amethyst centres.