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.
Sticky tape holds the coils in place to maintain the distance between them.

If you make your coils too large and the diameter of the finished bangle is too large like the orange one in this photo.....
The woven orange bracelet has a larger diameter than the purple bracelet.

then try this trick. Pull the outer wire tighter....
Pulling the end of the outer wire tighter with chain nose pliers

so the outer coil is smaller than the middle coils - it will create a domed effect on the bangle.
The wire has been tighten on the outside row, creating a domed effect on the middle of 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.
Feeding the end of the wire back into the suede lace weaving with chain nose pliers.

And here's the finished result: you can see the orange bangle is now smaller than the purple one.
The diameter of the woven orange bangle is now smaller than the purple one.

So what do you think: Do you like the domed effect?
Domed suede lace bangle propped against a green resin bangle.

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

'Til next time.....

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