Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Copper Kisses for $4.00

It's the second installment of the Rings & Things goodie bag. Today it's my favorite - the antique copper plated bracelet. Here are the stats on it from the Rings & Things website:

Stock#: 40-337-7
7.2" disk-and-loop bracelet forms for gluing. Hammered oval loops.
1-11 cost $4.00

Today's "Copper Kisses" grew out of my new work with metal, glass and cold connections which is inspired by one of my favorite books.

I made the pads more bead like by doming them. I removed the pads and textured the surface by hammering a stamp several times. I created domed links between the ovals using a ball peen hammer and a doming block. The domed links were then re-attached.

It took about an hour to do each of the pads. The cost to make this is $4.00 assuming you have to tools to do it already.


maryharding said...

Hi Cindy,
I really like how you transformed that bracelet blank. Looks so cool. You are so creative.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks! I love the look of the antiqued copper and the texture of the links. The hand hammered "kisses" enhance the overall texture of the bracelet.

It was a fun project - hammering is good for the soul! :-)


Dave Robertson said...

Hi Cindy, you've really personalized the bracelet blank - - and without having to add much in the way of materials. Awesome idea!

at Rings & Things

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Cindy, you are so clever! Neat idea, as always!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Dave!

I took the "glueables" idea and used it as a challenge not to glue. It forced me out of the box and it's fun out here!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Lynn!

Thank you! That's high praise coming from someone as creative as you! :-)


Barbara said...

now THAT is a great idea! Talk about jewelry-making outside the box!

I like how it echoes some of the Art Deco jewelry (the "star/cross" stamp, the antiqued copper, the open links). Really gives it a flavor of times past.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous, this one takes the cake. Very industrious of you to disassemble to modify the pieces. COOL!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Barbara,

Thank you! I love the antiqued copper - the doming and stamping worked very well with it.

Thanks for commenting!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Lisa,

I DIY'd it! :-) I love the look of the domed pads. Hammering is such a great way to release any tension - plus I made something really cool while doing it! I recommend it to everyone!


my jewelry silver crystal beads said...

o gosh how i love the pearl looking pendants, just beautiful, i need to get some for my next project, thanks so much