Saturday, September 3, 2011


This week I have been doing more wire pieces in Jeweler's Bronze wire.  With real gold being so expensive nowadays, and for that matter, sterling silver, the jeweler's bronze is a nice, affordable alternative in creating custom wire jewelry.  Jeweler's bronze wire is a form of brass.  However, there is a difference in the metal mix that gives it its beautiful gold tone.  In time it will develop a patina.  Like sterling silver, keep it in a zip lock  bag to delay the patina.  The first set pictured is a combination of free formed wire coils/swirls with Byzantine links.  The ear wires are bronze colored nickle and lead safe lever backs. 

This second set is a hammered flat coil "8" connected with jump rings (an Sharilyn Miller design).  A hand-crafted toggle is used for closure.  I used two figure "8" coils attached with small jump rings to create the earrings.  They measure 2 1/2" long from the top of the ear wire.  The bracelet is a generous 1" in width.  I used 14 gauge wire for the hammered pieces, so it has a nice chunky look, in keeping with today's current jewelry trends. 

1 comment:

  1. I resposted this article because at the time I made the hammered copper "8" bracelet, I did not know the designer's name! I found out and made the appropriate addition of Sharilyn Miller's name in the article. Sharilyn has some wonderful books out (also downloadable to Kindle). Check them out! Blessings. Anita