Art Nouveau Cuff Bracelet
Each month Sarajo shares the inspiration her husband, Eric, gives to her as a jewelry-making prompt. She called it the Honey Do List. Usually, these inspirations are photos that he's taken on their travels. This month, the inspiration was a photo of an art nouveau mural around a set of windows in the Czech Republic. I love that they pass on this inspiration to the rest of us to spark our own creativity.
As soon as I saw the mural, I knew that I had a blue tin in my stash that had something of a similar pattern on it.
See! And, I have no idea what the words on the tin say so I suppose it could be Czech too!
Anyway, I cut out one of the main floral bunches from the lid of the tin and then had to decide what I wanted to actually do with it. I toyed with the idea of a necklace or cutting the section into two and making earrings, but none of that seemed right.
The length of the piece made both of those ideas fairly awkward. However, I thought that it might be perfect as a bracelet.
As I sanded the edges and created raised dimples for interest on the tin, I thought more about the direction for the design.
It finally hit me that I have a few thrifted leather belts in my stash that were waiting to be transformed into something wonderful.
After picking out a belt that had a similar reddish-brown color as the window frames in the inspiration picture, I made sure it was wide enough to fit the tin. It was - just barely!
It took some force to cut through the belt, then I rounded the corners, and punched the holes.
A snap was added to close the cuff. And, to attach the tin to the leather, I used rivets.
These were all fairly new skills to me, so there were a few mistakes, but I chalk it up to learning. In the end, I'm elated with the result.
I did have a good giggle at the inspiration photo though. As I stared at it looking for a spark of an idea, the decorative supports at the top of the picture caught my attention.
They look like screaming robots. Please tell me you see it too.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what Sarajo and other designers created with this amazing image in mind. Thank you to Sarajo and Eric for another inspiring prompt! Make sure to head over to SJ Designs Jewelry to see what she made!