Monday, April 15, 2013

New Tree of Life

After using up 25 feet of copper wire making the chain in my last post I finally got back to this little project. I experimented combining different gauge and color wire in this piece.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Making Chain

I've been practicing making chain from cheap copper wire I got at the hardware store. I love how it is coming out, the weight and feel of it. But I am still perfecting my technique making the links. This I how it looks so far:

This is how the links look. I join them into the chain with two jump rings.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wire and Bead Experiments

This no longer exists because after finishing it and admiring it for a couple days I decided I wasn't satisfied with it and took it apart. The first problem was that it was too long. When I was making the individual strands I forgot to account for the length of the closure, that I hadn't actually made yet, so I didn't know how long it would be. 

The second problem was I didn't like how the center beaded link looked and decided to take it out completely.

And finally I decided I would rather use the handmade green bead chain in some other project instead of in this bracelet.  But I learned a few more things along the way and that just makes the next project potentially better.