Ta and Da! This may not look like a million dollar bracelet, but let me assure you, it is. It is because I made it - every little bit of it. It all started when the Metal Team at Artisan Whimsy issued a challenge. Try a new technique, they said. We'll show you how to do it, they said. Easy, peasy, they said. Uh huh. Well, I fell for it. I read the Easy Prong Setting Tutorial by Staci Louise Smith. I studied all the pictures. Cut a piece of metal a little bigger than the piece you want to mount, drill some holes to put your rivets through and solder them in place. Ta da. I think I can do that. I didn't have any metal sheets on hand and couldn't find any locally (not even at the farm store!) but I did have an oval shaped brass connector I thought would work. I found a pretty cab (in my favorite color, of course) and I had some rivets I'd purchased one other time I thought I might attempt metal work.
Here's the part where I'm going to fast forward a bit. I'm going to skip the whole morning I spent in the garage trying to drill three little holes and solder three itty bitty, blankety-blank rivets into place. It sounds so easy but my Dremel kept trying to skitter right off the plate and the solder wouldn't stick. I finally got them soldered, but had to sand down the three and a half pound mounds of solder gobbed all over the place. I'll admit it. I cussed. I did, however, end up with this:
It might not look like much to you, but I'm mighty attached to it. After all we've been through together, this little plate and I are bonded. We're tight. So I slapped in my cab & bent the prongs to hold it in. I probably could have used prongs with a bit more length, but I tested the piece pretty strenuously and the cab won't slip out, so I guess I'm good.
Now, I'll also admit that at this point my inclination was to revert to something known and comfortable and put a macrame band on this. But, having come this far, I figured "in for a penny, in for a pound." I had some beautiful teal beads on hand (thank you Shelley!) and I decided to mess with some wire working. I did a few wire wrapped loops and even did some where the wire wraps up and around the bead (I'm not sure what you call that, but I tried it!). I made a wire spiral just to say I did. I even made little rosette thingies by linking three jump rings together.
And then? I attempted to make my own clasp. I found a Wrapped S Clasp Tutorial by Francesca Watson and gave it a whirl:
I thought I was all finished, but decided it needed a little movement, so I hung a Czech glass flower and a brass leaf near the focal.
It's not perfect, but I'm pretty proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone. And if I were going to sell this piece, the price would be a cool mil:)
Be sure to stop by and check out the other participants:
The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com
Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/
Pam Farren, http://www.re-maker.blospot.com
Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry, http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com
Lisa Laffend, http://kokopelliegirl.blogspot.com/
Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/
Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/
Julie Panusis, http://catsmeowco.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Parker, http://beetreebyme.blogspot.com/
Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame, www.KnotJustMacrame.com <-----You are here
Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com
Jean Wells, http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com