forging mother’s jewelry (bracelets!)

mother's bracelets

Forging these bracelets pretty much touches the core of my love for smithing. The process allows me to start at the very beginning, melting down an ingot of metal. drawing the ingot into stock of the desired thickness, annealing the metal (heating it up), quenching the metal (cooling it down), and slowly forging the metal into the shape of a bracelet.

in this photo you see three bracelets, the first two showcase the birthstones of her four children. the third bracelet has the birthstones of husband and wife.

a perfect trio to wear forever.

sterling silver forged bar bracelet

one of my classics, a hand forged sterling silver bracelet.

hand forged sterling silver bar bracelet

I start with an ingot of silver, draw it out with hammer and mill, and forge the bars concave.

the final result is definitely weighty, so sexy on a man, a statement of strength on a woman

this bracelet seems to forge itself to it’s wearer.

as beautiful Tom said…

“Thought you might like to know that the bracelet has fused itself to my being – hard to explain why. People have commented on… how naturally and well it seems to suit me. Feels that way from the inside as well.
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hand forged sterling silver baby bracelets

this past week, i fitted two baby girls with their first ever, custom made bracelets. absolutely scrumptious, chubby little wrists, eying me suspiciously, but how their eyes lit up when they realized this lovely band of silver was for them!

i am convinced the magpie gene is in all of us. what baby doesn’t love something shiny, heavy and cool, that is allowed in the mouth!?!

these bracelets are cuff versions of the hand forged bangles i have been making lately.
 
my two baby customers had their birthstones flush set onto the top of the bracelet, however i think i am going to dissuade everyone to set stones until the wearer is a bit older.

if the bracelet has no gemstone, we can size the bracelet for years to come, whereas once the stones are set, the custom fit is limited. so let us add a stone for an 8th birthday, for example.

i am really digging the simple heavy hammered pieces right now.

solid. like the 42 broccoli plants that i am growing, from seed…
one could say, a woman obsessed.

be so well
heather

baby bracelets in spring baskets!

design a custom hand forged bracelet

I awoke to real frost on the ground this morning,
and as we pulled the last of the tomatoes from the ground
and Hunter pulled out the holiday decorations, I thought to myself, 

“Be clever this year, give myself time to enjoy, 

and give simple gifts, unique and special."

I want to offer you a way to create something totally custom, totally cool,
and yet simple, affordable and easy to get done in time for the season,

so I thought of my hand forged bracelets.

These pieces wear so beautifully over time, making terrific keepsakes. Because I hand forge the silver, the bracelets become hard and dense, while the surface stays soft and buttery, polishing itself every day against your skin, and they're simple to customize, too.

Add birthstones, diamonds, no stones… add stones later.

Think simplicity, think significance, and think of the person you are designing for, because like your loved ones, no two of these bracelets are ever exactly the same.

For babies, forged bracelets are fabulous teethers, and become beautiful, easy to wear first bracelets.

All my alchemists moms, remember: chewing on sterling is a fabulous antimicrobial!

Here's my baby Logan modeling hers:

So if any of the special people on your list this year, from the wee to the tall, would think it absolutely fabulous to receive a solid hand forged sterling silver bracelet, designed by you, forged by me then here is your chance!

Just email me, or call me and tell me you who on your list would love a bracelet designed by you (and forged by me!)

Get started between now and Black Friday, (Nov. 26) and I'll take 27% off the price of your custom creation for being the cleverest of my subscribers this year!

Enjoy the change of weather everyone, 

Be so well and breathe so deep,
heather

chunky forged sterling silver bracelets

the gold market is really a bit of a drag these days… especially for a girl who likes to forge heavy.
so i am going to tell you about silver for the holidays.

for my reason why, lets turn to today’s metals market with current precious metal prices:
Gold: 1339.00 ↑ Platinum: 1673.00 ↓ Silver: 23.71 ↓ (the little arrow indicates up or down from yesterday).
all you need to know here, is that gold is pricing seriously high, and silver is so affordable.

so my solution for all of you who want to impress with a custom piece of jewellery for the holidays?

go silver and go chunky.

been forging some of my old classics and reinventing the styles by milling out a bit more silver than before, being a bit bolder and weightier.

here is are a couple of photos of recent forged sterling bangles, with and without stones.

so for the holidays, i see silver chunky bangles, bracelets and cuffs.
a custom forged bracelet for someone special, designed in an easy, affordable, yet totally custom way.

i am working out a way to make “custom” affordable and accessible to the most people i can this holiday, especially my fans and subscribers.

look for my next post, when i will share with you all the details of my “design your own” online holiday trunk show, where you can easily design custom bracelets for holiday gifts

so get your designing caps on and get thinking about a special holiday gift for those on your list. mom’s, dad’s (yes, i do bracelets for men!), daughters and of course, yourself!

the sooner i get forging, the easier your holiday shopping becomes~