Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Silver bracelet

I finally finished another piece in silversmithing class.  I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago but keep forgetting to take photos as it's usually on my wrist rather than in a "to photograph" pile.

The task was to make a silver bracelet using links of soldered wire.  I chose to use a 1.5mm square wire, never one to make things easy on myself, I chose a wire that likes to twist itself round whilst you're trying to solder it!


I made 6 large links - they're about 1", then a slightly smaller link to use as a clasp.  I made some small links which are just over 1/4" to link them together.  I spent a LOT of time filing, sanding and polishing these links so the solder joint is completely invisible.


I made the toggle clasp using a piece of the wire which I hammered to get a lovely texture, I then soldered a little half-circle to the back which I could use to attach it to the bracelet with the jump rings I'd made.  When I put it all together, it was too big.  I was going to discard the link I'd made for the clasp but was worried the toggle would fall out of the larger link, so I experimented with putting the two inside each other and a design was born!


I am incredibly proud of this bracelet.  It took me many hours to make (mostly sanding!) and I love the accidental design.  It's barely been off my wrist and I was no opportunity to shove it in someone's face and say "I made this"!  Next up in silversmithing is a bezel-set cabochon ring.  No idea what that is?  You'll find out...  Just give me a few more weeks to do some serious sanding!

12 comments:

margaret said...

very nice I am a fan of bracelets still got one I had for my 21st and also the charm bracelet but not worn that for years

Christine said...

You are right to be proud of it, it is gorgeous

Christine Barnsley said...

Wow this is brilliant Wendy! Love the design! I would wear it all the time too! Christine x

Bethany said...

I love that!!! The 'double ring' feature is my favorite part!

Sharon - creativity and family said...

I really love that Wendy!! The double ring is a lovely happy accident! X

Una said...

Great work. I have the same clasp on one of my favourite bracelets. It made me nervous so I just had to add a safety chain as well. You have reminded me to wear bracelets more often.

Chrissie said...

Lovely bracelet, great when the design is so totally yours xcx

Rachel said...

A happy accident indeed!

Sandra :) said...

Design decision! Awesome lemonade from a lemon (and it wasn't even really a lemon - it was just size-ably unabled :D) :)

Jane Galley said...

there is something so satisfying about finishing something to a high standard

Sarah in Stitches said...

I love this bracelet! Amazing job :D

Christine Altmiller said...

LOVE this!!! It is easy to see why it is your favorite to wear! Love the clasp design...mistakes are sometimes our best work ;-) And thanks for commenting on my blog weeks ago...I have not gotten around to emailing and thanking the lovely commenters yet.