Thursday, July 30, 2009

Work in progress, bio contest winner armlet.

Y'all may have heard that Erica ( won the 'give me something crazy to make' contest.

If you recall, here is what she said:
"So I have really been thinking about this & I am having trouble. But I think I am going to go with a spiral wrap bracelet. A bracelet that wraps around your wrists several times (at least 4) but is done with a type of wire that will stretch easily so you can put it on & off. So it will be kind of fitting like a cuff. Then just put all of your talent on the wire in between. Your awesome beads, your wire wrapping skills or your newly discovered metal working skills & lots of color & texture."

I've been thinking about this a lot and there are a few ready-made wire mesh type products you can work with but straight wire-wrapping doesn't have a lot of give to it.

HOWEVER, chainmaille is our friend.

So I'm thinking a fancy wire-wrapped cuff to start the armlet close to the elbow and another smaller one near the wrist to frame it.

Connecting the cuffs and wrapping around the arm (I will try to get in 4 but thinking about it in my head it may end up being 3...) will be a swath of flat chainmaille (what is known as the European 4-in-1 because that's what I'm most familiar with and is also what is mostly used for armor because it lays flat) with a line of probably some sort of crystal at intervals.

I don't think this sketch translates what I see in my head but oh well. I'm going to start this weekend getting all the jump rings cut out.

1 comment:

smellyrhinostudio said...

so cool, I want something steampunky like that. Can you make it look like a weapon holster?