Favorite Project of the Week: All Knotted Up Bracelet

I love a piece of jewelry that challenges my idea of jewelry construction; ones that make me ask, “How was that done?” are always my favorite. An artist that has me in constant awe of her techniques is Sarah Thompson. Her bracelet, All Knotted Up, featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Step By Step Wire Jewelry¬†magazine, had me scratching my head when I first saw it. I wondered, do you make two individual components and link them together, or do you weave half of one, then intertwine them before weaving the other?

You’ll have to check out the project instructions to find out the answer to how this is made! For now, all I’ll say it this: you’ll perform modified soumak weave to create two separate pieces that entwine for one striking wire-woven bracelet. Here’s the tools and materials you’ll use when you make it:

MATERIALS

  • 14-gauge dead soft copper wire, 20″
  • 16-gauge dead soft copper wire, 32″
  • 20-gauge dead soft copper wire, 24″
  • 28-gauge dead soft copper wire, 40′

TOOLS

  • Ruler
  • Flush cutters
  • Permanent marker
  • Ring mandrel
  • Chasing hammer
  • Bench block
  • Micro torch
  • Cross-lock tweezers
  • Quenching bowl
  • Painter’s tape
  • Small Kumihimo flexible-sided ribbon
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Bracelet mandrel
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Liver of sulfur

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books


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