Well, phew, I made it! And here it is, the final project of March.

braided wire bracelet (1)

It’s a cuff bracelet braided and woven of 20 gauge jeweler’s bronze wire.

(Click on any of the pics for a closer look.)

braided wire bracelet (2)

Woven in are a floral finding and a few 4mm Swarovski crystals.

braided wire bracelet (3)

Those wire coils on the end loops were first coiled on the Coiling Gizmo, then  slid onto the wires when needed. This is a much faster, easier and neater way of doing it rather then trying to wrap each individual coil onto the loops.

I  love the way a hard material like wire can have such an organic and flowing look.

My newer readers may not realize what I’ve been doing this past month. At the beginning of March I challenged myself to take the time to do something creative and blog about it every weekday in March.

So, what did I learn from this challenge?

  1. There IS time to do the things you set your mind to do. (Just gotta get off the stinkin’ computer more, lol.)
  2. Making a commitment to others is great incentive for FINDING that time.
  3. Blogging about it makes a project take many times longer than just the creating of it.
  4. You never know whether a project is going to be a success until you dive in and try.
  5. Often the failures are the roots of future successes.

None of this was stuff I didn’t know already, but what I’d hoped would happen did. I get into the habit of breaking free of the inertia that kept me reading about, watching about & planning about new projects and got to WORKING on them.

Was the challenge worthwhile? Absolutely. Am I going to continue it into April? Sorry, but no, it was too time consuming. Hopefully, though, as a result of getting my butt into gear, you’ll be seeing lots more productivity in the coming months. 🙂

What challenges do you face in the work you do?  What have you found to be ways to overcome them?

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5 thoughts on “Braided Wire Bracelet – Make It In March Day 21

  1. Love the bronze! Am wondering what kind of cleaning or care it may require. Can you wash bronze?

    Congratulations on finishing your March challenge! Yeah, #5 has been my most frequent finding. :O

    1. I’m not sure, but I think this wire has a protective coating and won’t tarnish. It can be cleaned with a mild detergent and a soft brush, I imagine.

      Yup, I knew #5 already, but it was great having it clearly illustrated over the course of a month.

    2. Here’s a description of jeweler’s bronze from the website I got it:

      Jeweler’s Bronze, actually a brass alloy (85% copper and 15% zinc), is also known as Tombac and is a favorite among wire wrappers for its gold color). Soft and easy to shape, it makes wrapping and handling a breeze. Wrapit® wire is exclusively offered at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

      Use caution when opening – spool is wound tight and can unwrap quickly. Jeweler’s bronze Wrapit® wire is protected with a clear anti-tarnish coating.

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