C’mon, Gang!

C’mon, GANG! Give me everything you’ve got. Load up on arm candy in every flavor. Ganging up textures and maximizing mass is artistically satisfying, and just plain FUN!

Shown from left : Twisted Loop Cuff silver, and copper, Tapered Finial Cuff, Etched Clasp/Catch Clasp Collectibles, Crash Bangle, One-Off Bracelet, Ball + Loop Bangles, Knotted Cord, and Charm Tapered Finial Cuff.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to wear multiples. Rings, bracelets, anklets, or necklaces seem to enjoy being together…on my wrist, or ankle, or wherever. It started with braided plastic gymp, embroidery floss, and thongs (be careful with that one!). But the aesthetic was not restricted to hobby store materials, it worked even better the higher up the precious scale you could climb. Pop culture chains, or fine jewelry pearls, equally got better when hanging out together.

Hope Milner, Bohemian Bracelets

In checking out Etsy offerings I found the lovely Hope Milner, owner of Bohemian Bracelets. She has a charming business story and a focused collection of bracelets that would play wonderfully with …everything I own!

I chose this bracelet group not only because it has an inspired palette, and had that Bohemian Je ne sais quoi that I love, but also because it comes as a set, and when not used as the striking 10-stack ensemble, I imagined how it would perfect a silver bangle grouping, with just the right amount of frosting. Just keep adding bohemian bands until you’re in Nirvana.

They are surprisingly reasonably priced. Check out her entire line!

10 Stretch Bracelets

10 Stretch Bracelets by Hope Milner

Ross + Simons caught my eye with their BOLO BRACELETS. you know how I can’t resist a little drape and dangle—many in their collection had both. For me this is a good example of what I’ve been missing, and I’m glad I stumbled on it. I now see that Riogrande.com does carry slider clasps, so we may have to travel a little further down this path.

When I searched for Lisa Leonard bracelets to stack on PINTEREST; because I love her, her story, her artistic style… I found her wonderful stacking children’s name rings—which I do love, but chose to don blinders for this BRACELET story.

I continued to  Pinterest’s suggestion of Lizzy James bracelets. These wrap bracelets have everything I love: a little textural contrast, a rugged yet feminine brutalisms, and even a little dangle in the Handmade tag. I also like that they use some very creative knotting without overdoing it…such a simple, yet important balance. I’d love to pair this with my INSIDE THE BOXCHAIN bracelet!

Community education in Sioux Falls is offering about 11 different bracelet classes in their Summer Catalog (see a PDF of the current catalog here) from various artist instructors. 

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Acorn19/Bead Co.’s Ladder Bracelet Class through Sioux Falls Community Ed, with instructor and store owner Melanie Erickson, is coming up!

Her store has been in downtown Sioux Falls for 19 years, and is where I began having faith in my own jewelry design. Look for her on Etsy, and Facebook.

Several of the Community Ed projects can be either bracelets or necklaces. I speak FLEXIBLE—bring it on! One of my favorite jewelry situations is to multi-wrap a necklace into a bracelet. I will also use magnetic clasps so one long strand is comprised of a bracelet, an anklet, and a short necklace as in the <a href=”http://<a href=”http://

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When you GANG UP is it with leather and metals, beads and chains, found objects and fabric strips? Let the creativity flow!

If you have a favorite gang, snap a pic and I’ll post it here!

Thanks for viewing!

Much love and precious elemental dreams,

Natalie

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