Bangles are one of my most favourite pieces of jewellery to make. I think it’s mostly because I love to wear them! Bangles are the largest piece of jewellery that I create so the process is quite physical. Once the form is perfect, I see the metal as a canvas that needs to be painted or decorated. Each bangle’s markings are unique.
For thousands of years, bangles have had a very important value and meaning in many cultures around the world. I have made bangles in honour of significant milestones, birthdays or to celebrate the birth of a child. The best part is when two or more bangles jingle and jangle together and the sound becomes part of you and your daily movement.
I start with lengths of sterling silver wire in various shapes.
I bend the wire so the ends meet perfectly before I solder them together.
I use a bracelet mandrel to hammer the bangle round.
I use various tools to add textures and patterns to the bangles.
Ready to adorn you.