Thursday, July 25, 2013

Creating bracelets and earrings for matching sets

   I’m continuing my adventure in wire bracelets and now I am throwing matching earrings into the mix.
   Maybe one of these days I will actually create three-piece sets – bracelet, earrings and necklace. For the time being, here’s a sampling of the two-piece sets I made.

   Some sets took longer to make than others. The star bracelet was an experiment in wire forming. I used the 16-gauge galvanized wire I purchased in the hardware department of a local store a while back. Once I had a length of wire to work with I experimented with needle-nosed pliers to bend and form curves. I wasn’t sure what would develop. I had some extra star beads so I decided to make matching earrings. For those I used ear wires and head pins.
   The orange and purple wire-wrapped cuff bracelet follows the form of the many I’ve made in the past. For the gold cuff bracelet, I used a center bead that sort of looks vintage, then worked in smaller coordinating beads. There is a difference in the gold cuff in that I used three lengths of wire instead of two.

   By now you may have noticed a color theme – orange. My favorite color happens to be green, but I am using shades of orange (and purple) because of my proximity to Clemson University. I eventually would like to sell some of the jewelry pieces I create. I haven’t settled on a selling option yet, but it is important that I know I have a potential customer base in the nearby Clemson University fans.
   This will not stop me, however, from using other colors and expanding my inventory.


Anonymous said...

LOVE! The stars are beautiful!


Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Wow these are beautiful I'm going to spend some time scouting around I love what I have seen so far!

AptToCraft said...

Thanks so very much Mel and Jules!