Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Week 7-Eni Oken Style Bracelet with Pearls



The last week has been so busy I haven’t been able to get any new pieces made. Between metalsmithing class, Euchre club, a retiree's dinner, going to Ann Arbor to see my favorite band, and the death of my best friend's mom, I couldn't get much done. One thing I did do was sort through old work and inventory. Some things got recycled for scrap, some taken apart for the components, and a few things got donated to a charity. This bracelet is a rework. I made the centerpiece of this bracelet years ago early in my wire adventures from a tutorial by Eni Oken. I orginally made the bracelet with some purple jasper beads. But I never liked the way it laid so about a year ago I took it apart and replaced them with these large pearls. Then I didn’t like the closure on it plus it was too big. So this time I made a new hook and eye closure for it. It’s a pretty huge bracelet, measuring about 2 1/8″ wide so it needs to be a little snug to keep it from flopping around. I probably could have made a fancier closure but I just wanted to be able to finally wear it after all these years. So what do you all do with your older inventory?

6 comments:

  1. The bracelet is wonderful...the center piece just makes it, and the clasp works well with the piece. Very nice!
    I usually try to put my "older" inventory on sale, but if no dice still, then I rework it too.

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  2. Nancy...i adore this bracelet...it looks very antique. As far as old inventory...it's in hiding...for the moment...but every now and then I revisit a piece mentally and start thinking up a rebuild....like you and the jasper beads...the pearls are perfect in this...just took a while for them to arrive. Will keep your friend in my thoughts. Sue♥

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  3. Your center piece looks great. I did a similar attempt based on the same tutorial but I just stopped with making the 'S'.What you say is true...its a little big and chunky

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  4. Thanks, Shelby! I have way too much inventory and I'm really trying to pare it down for this summer.

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  5. Thanks, Divya! It is big and bold but, fortunately, I like big and bold. :D

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Sorry I had to turn off comments for a while as I was getting spammed to death. For people wondering where to get the free tutorials, they are available at Szarka's website, www.magpiegemstones.com. Click on the resources and tutorials link. Thanks, Nancy

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