Bangles for BIG Girls...Bangles for PETITE Girls.... Bangles for AVERAGE Girls!

Bangles for BIG Girls...Bangles for PETITE Girls.... Bangles for AVERAGE Girls!
Add a touch of colour to your outfits with these fun and colourful resin bangles, sized to suit girls of all sizes. Magnetic clasps make these ideal for girls who find it hard to get a traditional bangle on their wrist. And they're available in a range of colours with different focals. Check them out in the Resin Jewellery Shop!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Domed Woven Leather Bangle

Since my last post on how to make a woven leather ring, I've made a few bangles using the same technique. The first one was with memory wire and it looks fabulous but alas, with no stretch in it, it's a very small bangle. So I switched to using 20 gauge wire to create coils the size I wanted - this was much more successful. Here's a couple of other things I learned along the way.

Tape your coils in place - it makes it much easier to get the weave started.

If you make your coils too large and the diameter of the finished bangle is too large like the orange one in this photo,

then try this trick. Pull the outer wire tighter....

so the outer coil is smaller than the middle coils - it will create a domed effect on the bangle.

Do the same thing on the other side of the bangle.  Trim the wire to 2cm (3/4") and then thread the wire back into the weaving.

And here's the finished result: the orange bangle is now smaller than the purple one.

So what do you think: Do you like the domed effect?

Gotta love it when something you think you've messed up turns into something better than the original idea!

'Til next time.....

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Woven Leather Ring

In my last post, I shared with you that I'm officially writing a book and consequently I have been super busy making the projects and playing with all sorts of different ideas and techniques to bring you the very best leather jewellery designs that I can.

Not every project will make it into the book, not because it isn't good but maybe because it doesn't fit with the style of the other projects or maybe because it's a bit simple.  This one fits into that category but I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make.

This ring is a very small fit because of the bulk of the lace. For a larger ring, create your coil by wrapping 20 gauge wire around a tube which is approximately 6mm (1/4") larger than the size you want the finished ring to be. You will also need to increase the length of lace you are working with.

Here's what you'll need for this project:

  • Ring size memory wire (for a larger ring, see note above)
  • Memory wire shears
  • Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace (I've used Tiger Lily)
  • Leather adhesive
  • Scissors
You can make this ring as wide as you like - mine is 4 coils wide. Cut the memory wire with memory wire shears because the steel wire will ruin your regular wire cutters. Cut 56cm (22") of Sof-Suede lace. Starting at one cut end of the coil, weave the lace over and under the coils leaving a tail of 5cm (2").

Keeping the lace flat, wrap the lace around the outside coil (so that the back of the lace is now the front) and then continue weaving over and under until you reach the first coil.

Continue in this fashion until you have woven the lace all the way around the ring. It's a little bit tricky keeping the coils apart for the first few rows but try to keep them as evenly apart as possible so that your ring is the same width all the way around. I've pushed my weaving up tightly together but you if you prefer, you can leave them further apart for a more open weave.

Finish the weaving with one lace ending at the first coil and the other lace ending at the last coil. Wrap the laces around the first and last coils.

Trim the end of both laces to a point.

Thread the ends through one of the outer loops to secure. Glue in place for added security and then trim away the excess. 

Why not try this idea on bracelet memory wire and make several in different colours for a stacked effect. It's a very "in" look at the moment.

Edited: For a whole lot more leather jewellery ideas, purchase my book "Stylish Leather Jewelry". You'll learn how to twist, roll, fold, and recolour leather to make leather jewellery that would look at home on the fashion runway!

'Til next time.....