It could be said that Spinner Rings have been the backbone of JOE’S Garages jewelry classes. Over the years there have been many basic styles, with countless opportunities on which to head into another design direction. My students and commission requests have been inventive and daring. Not everything became a reality, and many of my techniques have evolved.
I still use standard plumbing copper pipe as my go-to base. It’s always nice when this can be a recycled piece =] I have tried several ways of flaring. Currently I flare with a large dapping punch. The spinners have always supplied the most opportunity for design, but recently I have begun adding color through enameling. The flared shank is unusually stable and makes an excellent base for enameling, and the colors set off the spinners beautifully!
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.
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!
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!
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!
This statement maker creation by Carolyn Baker is made from enameled copper discs that have been fold-formed into organic islands, dappled with a palette of color to complement a stone of mottled turquoise she brought home from the Southwest.
The enameled discs are from the CommEd Enameling class she took last month.
3 Kits to Give Away! Register for 2Airbnb Spinner Ring Experienceclasses and get a freeSterling Spinner Ring metals kitto create at a future Open Studio! Offer ends October 19, 2018. Bring your mom, call a friend, get the whole gang together!
It’s time to JEWELRY SHOP! Get to know RIOGRANDE.COM. I will be putting in an order every month for metals and supplies starting in October. Get me your list! =]
ORDERS DUE OCTOBER 5, 2018
If you’ve taken a class, the Garage is open to you during OPEN STUDIOS for free use of tools you’ve been trained to use, as well as flux and pickle.
You supply the materials for your creation: metals, findings, solder, oh…and saw blades. (You can get solder and blades from me, too.)
There is a lot to be saved by combining our silver, tools, and supplies lists. Quantity equals bulk discounts and much lower shipping, and many of the things that should be on your list just aren’t available within the reach of a day trip.