|Inside the cable were many strands of fine gauge copper wire.|
The elongated or squished pennies are malleable enough to be slightly curved to accommodate the shape of the wrist.
|Used electrical wire|
I made several bracelets using chainmaille patterns. Byzantine, Half-Persian, and Japanese 8 in 1 all lend themselves to the task.
Several weeks ago I pulled a length of used electrical wire from the trash bin in the garage. I was curious to see whether I could recycle it for use in wire jewelry. I cut the coating off several feet of the electrical cable and discovered a bundle of fine gauge copper wire. While unraveling the bundle into usable portions I decided to make a bracelet band of Viking Knit.
Viking Knit is an ancient Scandinavian weaving process that creates sturdy metal tubes from tightly intertwined fine gauge wire. It is a technique that will allow me to assemble the bracelet using cold connections .
The used wire is tarnished in it's raw state but that suits my purposes perfectly as I plan to oxidize the entire bracelet when it is complete.
|Viking knit made from recycled electrical wire.|
I think non-jewelry artists don't have a clue what is involved with making jewelry, especially recycled products, since you have to break it down to use it in most cases. Informative post, and I love your fruit bat bracelet!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jeanne the fruit bat is one of my current favorites.ReplyDelete
Great info! Beautiful knit too!ReplyDelete