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13 April 2008 @ 09:13 pm
So, between my allergy to copper (among other metals) and the usual callouses wirework gives one's fingers, my fingertips are a little raw feeling after this weekend's work.  I had one of those inspirations that pretty much attack you and won't go away until you create whatever they're demanding.  Copper egyptian coil and lapis lazuli. 

Egyptian coil is one of those ancient techniques (like chainmaille) practiced by, well, the Egyptians.  It looks easy but is deceptively difficult.  This is actually my third attempt at it, and the first time I've been satisfied with the result.  Getting the coils all uniform and even is hella tough, even with careful measuring of wire length.  Anyway, success!  Even if my fingers do feel like they're cracked and bleeding.  (They aren't...quite.)

I used copper and lapis because the art muse demanded it - I couldn't get the combination out of my head.  The Egyptians liked copper, and they loved lapis, and the two do complement one another beautifully - could be those copper inclusions in the lapis, but also, the blue looks stunning against the rose gold color of the copper.

Saturday night I formed and hammered all the coils.  Then I broke out the torch and made the headpins, pickled them, and tumbled them bck to shiny newness.  Today, I added all the lapis rounds to the coils, bent each coil and linked it with the next.  Then I spent a frustrating couple of hours deciding what to do for the clasp.  Now, I'm tired but finished:

This is a heavy bracelet - there are 12 feet of 18 gauge copper wire making up these coils, plus the lapis - but it is surprisingly slinky on the wrist.  It's 7 1/2 inches long, and I'm still deciding whether or not to list it in the Etsy store. 
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on April 14th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
How lovely!
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank-you. :) I was pleased with how it turned out, even if I didn't get to use the chunk of lapis I originally planned for it.
Trixie: Avatar - Azulatrixalicious on April 14th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
That is absolutely lovely. Wow, I can just imagine how difficult that must have been! I've tried my hand at a few pieces, and let's just say that I'm lucky if I can get a jump ring to open and close without breaking it.
rhienelleth: aang - kelpchenrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) (And love the Azula icon!)

And maybe the jump rings you're using are just too delicate? Or...have you been shown/told/read the right way to open/close jump rings? It's sort of counter intuitive, unless you know.
xlanaxlana on April 14th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
*gibbers in delight and covetness* very beautiful. wow, you're so utterly talented!
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. You always say the nicest stuff. :-D Hey, how did wing2 like her pendant? And which one did you give her?
xlanaxlana on April 14th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
i gave her the choice and she chose the orange one and has been wearing it non-stop. i meant to take a picture of both of them wearing their necklaces and send it to you, but my camera battery died. once it's replaced, i'll do that.
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
No prob. I'm glad she liked it. :-D (Which also left the amethyst for you!)
Stephstephdub on April 14th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Wow, that would definitely be time consuming, but it's lovely! You should treat your fingers to a nice bath!
robinbaileyrobinbailey on April 14th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
The bracelet is gorgeous.
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank-you! I am already mentally planning a necklace, though it will vary slightly from this one.
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They seem to be doing better today. I think constant contact with the copper irritates my skin more than working with silver or gold fill, so it's something I'll have to be careful of in the future.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: felinityeeksabaceanbabe on April 14th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. That is absolutely gorgeous. *in awe*
rhienelleth: cats at playrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thank-you!
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on April 14th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Prettier than I imagined, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Although, if it makes your skin itch, why would you keep it? Would you wear it?

rhienellethrhienelleth on April 14th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
*cries* I had that exact realization this morning, right before I had to take it off my wrist. :( (And I posted about it a few seconds ago.) I can get away with wearing silver, it seems, but not copper. *is unspeakably sad*

celli on April 15th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
holy cow!