How I Became:
Up-cycled leather in shades of turmeric lined with luscious red make a soft backdrop for this chic leather cuff. The up-cycled leather used is hand cut and then worn using specially created tools to smooth and ‘break in’ the edges of the cuff before painting and highlighting. For the first layer, copper sheet metal is hand cut and then textured, cleaned and smoothed at the edges. After that, I create age and history on the copper by inducing a patina that blooms across the surface before being sealed to protect the design. Two layers of hand blended, formed and painted polymer clay are carefully layered in the center and topped with this sweet heart. The heart was handmade by creating my own formula for blending copper powder and other ingredients together to form a metal clay. After giving the metal clay it surface texture, I fire it at high temperature in my kiln for several hours. After it is removed from the kiln it gets thoroughly washed, painted with metal colorant, buffed and sealed with several layers of protective metal sealant before adhering to the top of the bracelet with torched sterling silver balled head pins. The clasp is hand forged in antiqued copper and secured by two blackened steel rings that are soldered closed for extra security on your wrist.
The way I like to put the bracelet on is to place it at the smallest part of my wrist, secure the hook into the brass chain tightly, and then push the bracelet up to a thicker part of my forearm and press the sides to conform to my shape.
“I’ve never minded it,” he went on. “Being lost, that is. I had always thought one could not truly be lost if one knew one’s own heart. But I fear I may be lost without knowing yours.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince “