Monday, March 14, 2011

Bangles - a simple start to finish


I thought some of you may be interested in a simple start to finish description of my bangle bracelets. This isn’t a tutorial just a simple run through of how I make the copper bangle bracelets.


All my bangles start out from heavy gauge copper wire. I need to pull it apart and cut it to length.


A large pile of wire, cut to length ready to be filed and brought into a rough circle shape to be soldered.

Filed and brought into a rough circle shape ready for soldering.

Soldered wire, ready to be hammered round. This is now ready to be hammered into a proper bangle shape.

A nice little pile of bangles hammered into a bangle shape. Ready for texture hammers!

Bangles textured! These are now ready for patina’s. I have about 10 different patina styles and colors I choose from.

They might wind up looking like this after patina.


Or they might wind up looking like this!

By Nicole Valentine - Rimmer


12 comments:

mcstoneworks said...

Very cool, Nicole. I love those bangles and the great patinas you give them.

Koolbraider said...

Loved to see your process for making bangles. They have a nice old fashioned feeling, especially with the attached "drops". Copper is such a versatile metal.

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

Thanks! I really do enjoy making them. I find them relaxing. The patina's are a lot of fun!

galadryl said...

Love your bangles, they look so cool. Do you solder with silver solder? Does the patina cover that?

tjrjewellery said...

Thanks for sharing Nicole - love the patinas you have shown on the forum!

DawninCal said...

Thank you for sharing the process of making your bangles, Nicole. Very cool especially for those of us who haven't tried working with a torch or solder.

Love the end results!

Jeanne/J3Jewelry said...

Love it! Thanks for showing how you arrive at your beautiful bangles.

Cat said...

Thanks for the insight! Very cool.

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Nicole, thanks for sharing your process...your bangles are very cool!

Bonnie said...

Nice Nicole! I like your penny bangles.

FeatheredGems said...

You make it look so easy...

BeadSire said...

Thanks for sharing your process, I love your bracelets!