These bracelets are a nod to Steampunk style. They don’t adhere to the absolute tenets of the Steampunk Manifesto but I think the mix of metals, shiny and matte surfaces and bead sizes certainly follow that theme. Truly though, I don’t even know if Steampunk style has such a thing as a manifesto, though styles certainly do manifest.
The clasps are magnetic, which makes an easy on, easy off wearability. The copper beads are size 8º crocheted ropes, the whole set off with a hand blown focal. Black glass rondelles serve as an accent.
These are part of my efforts to complete unfinished projects. The copper beads have been strung, but unstitched for over a year, though they were more than happy sitting in their little crochet tin. Happier now that they are incorporated into a piece of jewelry, and get to see the light of day.
How long to make these was definitely an exercise in trial and error. Luckily, one of them is, as Goldilocks would say, “Juuust Right” so it will be staying with me. The others are 7 1/2 and 8 1/4 inches respectively. Too large for my wrist.
Bead crochet jewelry is lovely to wear. The ropes have a fluidity that feels very nice on the skin. I’m very pleased with how these turned out. Every so often, what you envision in you mind comes to fruition. This is one of those times.