Monday, October 15, 2007


I love bangles and I've been itching to make some to offer on my website. Well, this weekend I finally got up the nerve and the energy.

It took forever to fuse each large circle. I started with my largest torch (which is still a handheld one so it's not that big) and wound up using both of my handheld torches at once. One in each hand! Doing that made things go much quicker.

Picking the gemstones took almost as long! I couldn't decide which I wanted to us. Do I use all round or do I go with some abstract nuggets? For the time being I decided to go with round gemstones - Smooth Lapis, and then faceted Nephrite Jade, Amethyst, and Black Onyx. I may add a beautiful round faceted Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal if I can find some before Spring.

Sizing these is interesting...I have to cut the wire and fuse it so determining the length of wire needed for a specific size will be my next goal. For the time being I wanted a few put together for photographs.

I generally wear a size 7 1/2 bracelet and I am able to also fit a size 7 1/2 bangle over my hand, although it's a tight squeeze. A size 7 1/2 bangle is 2 1/2 inches in diameter and at the widest point my hand is 3 1/2 inches wide (before I squeeze it down to 2 1/2 inches). If you are unsure I suggest ordering 1/2 a size higher than your normal bracelet length.

1 comment:

Gemheaven said...

I@m so jealous you made bangles!!!!

I so want to attempt them at some point!!