Back to Bracelets

Spiraled, coiled, copper and brass cuff. Heavy, tribal looking and somewhat rustic – just my style!

I’m taking a break from wrapping cabs and making pendants. I’m not sure what to do with them right now since I prefer to make something complete and ready to wear.  I get bored easily if I do the same type of thing repeatedly so I have to make a switch now and then.  I’ll get back to them eventually refreshed and with renewed interest.

Going back to making bracelets started when someone asked if I could sort of duplicate a bracelet which had belonged to her grandmother.  It was damaged -a link had fallen off.  I probably could have fixed it but was actually afraid to handle it.  The lady “Jean” seemed hesitant to handle it herself and it obviously meant a great deal to her.  A photo was taken of it, indoors, in very bad lighting with an ipod instead.  This really bad image and a faint memory of the bracelet was all I had to go by.

See the missing link in this terrible photo?

I did my best cutting and shaping copper sheet for the leaves and attaching them to the copper spirals.  The spirals were then attached to a brass frame.  I don’t solder (yet) so I had to wire wrap everything.  She likes it!!!  I’m happy.

My newly created “duplicate” of the bracelet with wired on copper sheet leaves.

A new bracelet with a copper “feather” with patina and wired on to a frame.

A wide Viking Knit bracelet with stainless steel and bronze for my daughter.

Hammered, textured, oxidized copper cuff with silver Gilders’ paste and a pattern.

Sterling bead, stainless steel and copper bracelet

Maybe I’ll go back to wire wrapping cabs now….or maybe make some earrings or a necklace – ?


About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at and my website at
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10 Responses to Back to Bracelets

  1. julia christine stephen says:

    I love the ones that have leaves…LOVE the patina…great job. 🙂

  2. Monsita Davis says:

    You did an excellent job duplicating the grandmother’s bracelet

  3. ALL of your handmade jewelry is gorgeous! You are an amazing artist!

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks so much, Diane, you’re a great friend and supporter!!

  5. Dianna says:

    Very creative. Looking at the original, I don’t think that a better job could have been done! More bracelets.

  6. zoraidabros says:

    Thank you Dianna! I love bracelets and can’t imagine not wearing one, or two, or three….

  7. I love your designs. Everything you make is beautiful. Love the cuff with the glider’s paste. I been wanting to get some to try. Love the copper feather and the copper leafs on the brass frame. Very nice work! I don’t solder either, but I been wanting to learn. It’s on my list of things to do. Don’t think I will every be able to do it all, even if I was 20 again (-;

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog!! Love hearing from you. The Gilder’s paste is fun to use, so many colors to play with. I have a long to do list as well and even in my 60’s I still have a lot to learn.

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