Are you searching for a spectacular copper cuff that will mix in a splash of fabulous style to just about any outfit? This handcrafted copper cuff bracelet fits the bill!
The deep hand chased patterning on both the inside and outside surface areas adds dimensional allure. “Chased” means to be texturized and is a popular methodology with the pliable copper material.
This wide bracelet fits a medium to small sized wrist and arrives in a gift box. That will come in handy if you plan on using it as a 7th wedding anniversary gift! Traditionally, the 7th anniversary is the year of copper! And if you really want to create the perfect gift, you can also buy some matching copper earrings.
Copper is one of the leading trends in modern handmade jewelry today. Even top celebrities are jumping on the copper bandwagon, showing off their spicy bling on the red carpets.
Copper is known for being able to stand the test of time. This chased copper bracelet, however, is coated with a protective coating that will keep its original color intact.
San Francisco, CA — Jewelry designer John S. Brana has announced that his eponymous collection of handmade fine jewelry has been selected as a runner-up winner for the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List. This marks his fifth honor in the Best Fine Jewelry category.
The Bay Area A-List is a website that awards Bay Area businesses honors in 168 categories. Winners are determined based on the tabulation of more than 37,000 votes from local residents and industry experts. Winners are given a web page to promote their products and services, and new results are published annually.
In the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List Awards, Brana’s designer jewelry collection received Runner-up Award – Best Fine Jewelry, ranking in second place out of 45 local San Francisco handmade jewelry collections in the Fine Jewelry category. His handmade fine jewelry line won Runner-Up awards in 2010 and 2013 and was named a Finalist in the Fine Jewelry category in 2012.
The line of designer jewelry made from copper, aluminum, fine silver and gold received the Best Designer Jewelry Award in 2008. On John S Brana’s Handmade Jewelry profile page of the Bay Area A-List Awards, more than 35 voters are quoted, describing the quality craftsmanship and unique designs of the John S. Brana Jewelry Collection.
John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry is a collection of fine jewelry produced in San Francisco. The pieces in the collection are handcrafted from a variety of precious metals, including fine silver, sterling silver, copper, gold and aluminum. Embellishments like freshwater pearls and faceted gemstones are used in many pieces and are all hand-selected to ensure that every piece is of high quality. Designs are inspired by natural elements from the texture of tree bark to the colors of flowers. Pieces are sold online at Johnsbrana.com.
John S. Brana is the artist behind the collection and the owner of the jewelry line. His career began in law and banking, and he formerly served as a Vice-President for Finance for The Charles Schwab Corporation. In 2003, Brana was inspired to leave the corporate world and begin producing his own handmade fine jewelry. The collection debuted in 2004 and is produced at Brana’s San Francisco studio.
Imaginative stringing can change the most ordinary collection of beads and small ornaments into an eye-stopping piece of jewelry. Wooden, plastic, or glass beads are marvelous spacers between the main elements of necklaces of found objects natural materials, or heavy clay or glass beads. They provide that note of color or unusual texture needed to make a piece visually exciting. Space itself is an important design element. Loops of beads or varied dangles will help achieve a light, airy quality. Alternation of size, color, and texture of beads will eliminate the possibility of uninteresting repetitive results.
Materials used in stringing are relatively simple, and are chosen for the most part by the weight and size of the objects they support. Large clay beads might require a leather thong for both physical and visual strength. Monofilarnent or nylon fishline is excellent for stringing beads. The limp monofilament, at 8-pounds test weight, is fine enough to allow two or three strands to go through a medium- sized hole. It is better to use several strands than one heavy thread. In case one thread breaks, there will still be another holding the necklace. When you use several strands of material, it often helps to apply epoxy or clear glue for one or two inches along the ends. When dry, this forms a stiff needlelike point that can be used in stringing. Bead- stringing silk and dental floss are also excellent materials. Leather or cotton shoelaces make attractive “strings” for heavy objects, and elastic thread holds a great deal of weight unobtrusively. Wire can also be used, though it loses its shape as it is manipulated.
After completing the stringing, tie the strands onto the hook and catch of the clasp, and apply a drop of epoxy or glue to the knot. Model-airplane glue or household cement like Duco can be used. Then run the threads back through the beads, applying a bit of glue at every opening between the beads to give added strength to the fastening.
Pendants are much easier to string than beads. The character of the stringing material is very important! though! because it plays such a dominant part in the total design. The stringing material must relate well to the pendant itself.
Leather thong, often used for supporting large pendants, has become available lately in many beautiful colors. There was a time when it had to be dyed by the craftsman — either with leather dye! food coloring, or fabric dye — if any color but black, brown, or tan was needed. Now leather and craft supply shops carry all sizes, lengths, and colors. A refined! polished thong — beautifully rounded leather shoelaces — can be bought in men’s shoe stores, The color selection is limited, however, some leather shops stock round drive belts used in machines. This material has a good finish, and its substantial thickness makes it especially suitable for large-scale pendants. A lightweight pendant can be held by thin leather scraps pieced and glued together with rubber cement. Two thicknesses of leather should be used, both with the finished side facing out. For maximum strength, the joints on the two strips should alternate; that is, the joined edges of the top strip should be glued down in the middle of a solid piece on the bottom strip.
Increasing supplies of macrame materials have provided the jeweler with an unlimited range of colored, textured, and sized string. Bits of colored wool yarn, crochet cotton, and embroidery thread can also be used innovatively. Just plain cotton shoelaces with tipped ends make inexpensive thongs, and of course white laces can be dyed any color.
String and twine also can be easily dyed or left in their natural colors. The advantage of buying undyed string or twine is that it is available in all weights. Fine string, not strong alone, can be grouped into bundles and then wrapped at various places with string of similar or contrasting colors to create a truly handsome support for a pendant.
Commercial cords are available in jewelry supply houses, jewelry stores, and some department store trimming sections. These cords are usually black or brown, and have a tightly woven nylon covering. The ends can be melted with a match to join them. This creates a small hard lump of melted nylon that gives a fairly finished appearance.
Plastic line and gimp provide colorful and strong thongs. The main problem with plastic is stiffness, which may inhibit the hanging of lightweight pen.
Finding is the term applied to necklace and bracelet catches, pin backs, earring backs, and cuff-link backs. Commercial findings are the most satisfactory for pins, earrings, and cuff links, but handcrafted catches for necklaces are usually more in keeping with the character of a craftsman’s jewelry than commercial catches.
Pin backs are attached so that the hinge is on the right and the catch is on the left when you are looking at the back of the piece. The natural movement in putting a pin on clothing seems to be from right to left, although they may only be because commercial pins have this arrangement. Left-handed people, who have to make so many concessions to a right- handed society, should take this chance to do it their own way when attaching the finding.
If a pin is large, the backing should be applied above the middle axis to balance properly when worn. Pin backs may also be applied vertically down the center of a long, narrow pin. In this case, the hinge should be at the top, the catch at the bottom.
Earring backs come in many shapes and sizes. A safe way to decide where to place the earring button on the backing is to put the back on the ear and, while looking in the mirror, try the button into various positions. Note the position exactly, remove the back, and glue the button into position. Ear wires for pierced ears are easier to work with, for there is no special positioning or accurate gluing necessary. Balance and lightness are important, however, and should be kept in mind when working with varied materials.
Cuff-link backs are the most difficult to fasten onto various materials. The stress created by the active wrist is almost more than even epoxy glue can take. A good epoxy adherence is as satisfactory as lead solder, but a check should be made each time the cuff links are worn to see that they are firmly fastened. When fastening the back onto the decorative part, consider the position of the buttonhole and the shape of the cuff link. If it doesn’t matter what way the top goes, it doesn’t matter how the backing is positioned. But if the design is to be worn parallel to the arm, the backing should go at right angles to the shirt buttonhole. In other words, placing the cuff-link back along the narrow design would put the opened cuff-link back at right angles to the shirt buttonhole.
Shopping for a creative present for that somebody special, or even yourself? Have you thought of handcrafted jewelry? There are many well-designed pieces of jewelry by hand crafted craftsmen. Consideration must be given to a a handful of things prior to you going out to your favorite arts festival or art gallery. First of all, you should certainly think about what their tastes are like when it comes down to style and jewelry. Another point you might want to explore is whether or not the recipient wears more silver or gold? Get signals as to preferences from an existing jewelry collection. This will guarantee that your present will be well received, because it will fit perfectly amongst their current jewelry collection. For instance, if they like gold, but only have a few gold earrings, then buying a pair will be a smart solution.
The most basic definition of handmade jewelry is that it is crafted by hand as opposed to mechanically made by a machine. To most purest, this definition goes further to mean that the total process is done by hand. Many consumers and artisans get this definition wrong. Attaching machine made components to one another by hand does not make the piece handmade. Jewelry designers that pride themselves in making handmade jewelry use old metalsmithing skills such as fabrication and simple tools and an extensive repertoire of techniques to create shapes and forms. One of the key indicators that a piece of jewelry is truly handmade is through observation of dissimilarity. Does the piece have uniform or varied hammer marks? Even if information is not provided along with a piece of jewelry, usually one can sense cultural individuality behind many handmade pieces. Handmade jewelry techniques require considerable concentration, time, skill, creativity, and dedication. This is often clearly recognizable in the finished piece, making fine handmade jewelry stand out from mass-manufactured, uniform items.
Mass-produced or machine-made jewelry typically looks more rigid and uniform. Although there are some imperfections to handmade jewelry, this does not mean that handmade jewelry is inferior to manufactured. High quality handmade jewelry will last a lifetime. Perhaps surprisingly, machine-made jewelry often breaks more easily than well-made handmade jewelry. Much of the mass-produced jewelry sold today as “handmade” may indeed be handmade, for example in department stores, but that does not necessarily mean it is of the highest quality. More often than not, most mass-production jewelry facilities operate on a quota system that incentivises speed, resulting in short-cuts and lower quality jewelry. You are better off looking for jewelry that is not mass produced, or available in large quantities. Quality jewelry that is handmade will not only have the artisan’s mark, but also have the reputation and guarantee attached to the finished piece. The careful observer will always be able to appreciate the uniqueness and quality of a handmade piece of jewelry. With handmade artisan jewelry, quality and uniqueness are typically are apparent to even the most casual observer.
Handmade jewelry affords the pleasure of unique, often rare designs, which are not-identical, typically made by a true artist, with great love and passion. Jewelry is an art form. This strength of feeling comes across in the design process, and in the finished jewelry itself. Mass-produced jewelry is just “soulless.” Hand-made jewelry also better mirrors the wearer’s personalized touch and style, revealing individuality and interest. Wearing mass-produced jewelry lends oneself to seem mass-produced and off the rack. Despite the fact that in most cases manufactured jewelry is more cost-effective to make, this doesn’t mean necessarily that it’s less expensive to buy. Simply put, mass-produced is just that…cookie cutter soulless jewelry with no special meaning, no story to tell, no life. Wearing handmade jewelry is definitely a conversation starter. It’s a pleasure to tell admirers a story of the gallery or artist you bought the piece from, how it was made, or why you bought it. Most importantly, to be able to wear jewelry that was created with lovingly care is simply a joy.
Across the ages, jewelry design has evolved in step with breakthroughs in materials and techniques of manufacturing. From the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution (and seemingly back again!), styles have transformed, modernized, and then often returned to their most basic forms and essential elements. Even before the age of reason, men and women both adorned themselves with handmade jewelry. Early man employed flowers, hand woven grasses, shells, and stones as accessories to embellish and beautify the human body.
Today, jewelry is primarily machine made, enabling manufacturers to create uniform jewelry designs much more economically than traditional hand crafting and hand-casting techniques allow. Modern production methods such as CAD/CAM design and 3D printing give jewelry manufacturers the flexibility to convert ideas into molds that are then used in high-volume casting machines, permitting complex and complicated jewelry designs to be created with speed and uniformity. Mechanical punch presses and forges, likewise, are also commonly utilized in the jewelry manufacturing industry today, to help ensure the manufacturing of a standardized, highly profitable product.
In the past decade, however, the modern marketplace has experienced a resurgence of interest in handmade jewelry, and a greater value is again being placed on unique and limited edition jewelry designs, made by hand with ancient crafting processes. Many jewelry designers are seeing increased interest by consumers for their unique skills and talents. Many specialty galleries — and even major department stores — now feature an increasing array of handmade jewelry. The internet has also made handmade jewelry very accessible to a world wide following. Many handmade jewelry artisans can enjoy the benefits of selling directly to a world-wide clientele.
Make sure you always choose quality vs.. quantity when buying jewelry that is handmade, especially if this purchase is a gift for someone special. If you are comparison shopping, don’t get suckered in to thinking a larger piece is a better value if the quality isn’t equal to smaller sized jewelry that is better made. Always go for quality! Remember that a good piece of handmade jewelry by a jewelry designer doesn’t necessarily mean it’s expensive. Remember that in the end, like many things in life, quality usually wins out, and this is especially true with handmade jewelry.