Sunday, October 25, 2015

An unusual request

Whilst at the jewellery and art expo a week ago I was asked by a visitor if I could look at a sketch she had done as a design for a leaf bracelet. The sketch was of two leaves running in opposite directions joined by a bridging square. The bridging square had some roughly sketched baubles and dangling bits.

The expo visitor said she had shown her sketch to various jewellers but had not been successful in getting someone to test her design. She wanted the bracelet to be made from aged brass - not too shiny.   The design reminded me a little of my leaf-spoons and leaf letter openers but with more curve. I agreed to see if I could turn the sketch into a bracelet once I had a measurement for the woman's wrist.

As you can see from the photos that follow I made two bracelet forms with a squarish bridging area.
©2015 Barry Smith - Overlapping leaf forms of the leaf bracelet 
©2015 Barry Smith - Leaf forms of the leaf bracelet
The designer wanted me to add dangly bits to the square bridging area. So I did this with one of the two bracelet forms. I inserted 9 small eyelets into the square area; and threaded flat headed pins through the eyelets and created a circle to take a jump ring to add small lengths of chain to.

©2015 Barry Smith - Back of bridging plate with flat pins 
I covered the flat head pins with three layers of thin self adhesive felt to cover the rough surface created by the flat headed pins. I also added bone coloured beads to give another point of interest.

©2015 Barry Smith - Leaf bracelet with chains 
©2015 Barry Smith - Two leaf bracelets - one with and one without adornments. 
I'll send some photos off to the woman who designed the bracelet to see if what I made reflects what she conceived.  The chains can be cut to shorter lengths and beads or other bits can be attached to them.


  1. The unadorned one is simply elegant ... the leaves beautifully wrought

  2. Barry, these bracelets are fabulous! She certainly found the right person to bring her design to life. Well done!

  3. Really interesting, B, and they do look cool. Personally I'd prefer the one without the dangly bits but I think you found a good solution. I hope your client is happy, or can help you make necessary changes. You'll never find life boring, that's for sure, Barry.

  4. I think you have certainly hit the nail on the head Barry, both beautiful and useful. Sublime perception.

  5. Hi VA, LA, AA, C, G & GS - thanks for checking out this fragment of work and for sharing your thoughts. VA - thanks. LA & C - I agree - I think I could add a simple cutout leaf. AA - coming from a fellow metal work that comment is doubly appreciated. G - I tend to do multiples when asked to do work like this - gives me options. GS - I must say the design was not mine but a lot like some work I do. All - go well and continue to enjoy the creative life. B


Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.