I thought it might just be the perfect time to do a ‘giveaway’, what with Christmas just around the corner, and this beautiful woven silver bangle just desperate for a new home!
My intention is to make a collection of these bangles, each of differing widths, so that they can be bought as a set and worn stacked together on the arm. This bangle will fit an average female wrist, being 21 cm in diameter, and the band is approximately 4 mm wide.
I started with three lengths of sterling silver wire of around 1.6mm diameter. The three lengths were bound tightly together with iron binding wire and then the ends fluxed and soldered to hold them firmly together and in place. Next, the bundle of wires was secured in a vice and, using a pair of mole grips to hold one end, the bundle was twisted around and around to form a uniform spiral.
Twisting the silver like this causes it to work harden significantly; before any further progress could be made with the piece it had to be annealed (heated) to relax it and make it malleable once more. The next step was to flatten the spiral. This could be done easily with a rolling mill (if I had one), but my methods are more basic but probably a lot more satisfying – the use of a hammer can be very therapeutic! Using a hammer and a steel block, I flattened out the spiral into a long piece of woven silver that I could then shape into the bangle. As you hammer the twisted metal, the weave loosens and the pattern starts to appear. Repeated annealing is necessary during this process to keep the silver workable.
Once the correct thickness and length is achieved the piece is cut, fluxed and soldered together to form a circle.
After the finishing processes of filing, emerying and polishing, you have the finished piece all dressed up, but with nowhere to go …
Thus the ‘giveaway’: I’ll be doing this via Twitter and tweeting regularly over the next week to get as many involved as possible.
For the chance to receive this beautiful handmade solid sterling silver bangle free of charge, you will need to follow me on Twitter (@anabenedicta) and either retweet one of my #BangleGiveaway tweets or give me a mention including the #BangleGiveaway tag – simple!
The closing date for this giveaway is Sunday, 16 December 2012 at 12 noon GMT – the winner will be chosen at random from all qualifying followers using Twitrand and will be announced by 6:00pm on 16 December.
Go on, join in the fun and win a beautiful free silver stocking filler this Christmas. Good luck!
Please note that only UK entrants will be guaranteed to receive the bangle before Christmas; overseas entrants are welcome but may not receive their gift until January 2013 as I am unable to guarantee international postage times.