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« on: August 23, 2005 07:58:19 PM »

OK, since I only got my item photographed just today, I seem like a complete moron, and almost didn't post at all because there were so many other wire projects.  But here it is anyway.

This is knitted sterling silver wire.  I actually knitted the piece about 9 months ago, a few months after I started knitting, just to see if I could do it, and because my first love has always been jewelry design.  It was knit on size 1 steel needles, with 30 gauge dead-soft sterling silver.  As you can see by the glare, which causes you almost not to be able to see the bracelet, it is very shiney.  Every surface of every stitch gleams, so it sparkles as you move, and because it's basically a flexible wire mesh, most of your wrist shows through, and you wind up looking very much like you've got a band of glittering diamonds strung about your arm.

I didn't finish it until recently, because I couldn't decide how I wanted to create the clasp, but I'm happy with my final product.  Like all stockinette-stitch pieces, this baby wants to curl backwards on itself and show it's purly underbelly, but if you chain it down, it submits.  I added the single freshwater pearl for interest's sake, but I didn't want to add anything else because I really wanted the bracelet to feature the knitting; rather than having the knitting be an avenue for incorporating other design elements, like beads, I wanted the knitting to BE the design element.  I think it works out quite nicely.  But I admit I'm biased.  Incidentally, the picture is at an odd angle, but that pearl is centered in no way, it's off kilter and dangly, so it's just a little surprise, for when people want to inspect more closely.  But in the pic it looks like I just stuck a little pearl in the middle of the bracelet, and that looks a little dorky.  Will you believe me if I tell you it's really not dorky-looking?

So, I hope you like it, even if it HAS been done before.  I'm rather proud of it myself.

PS:  Please don't mind the red scratches all over my wrist.  I have a 9wk old puppy.  She's ornery.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005 08:02:54 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005 08:06:32 PM »

Great Job!!  It's Gorgeous!!


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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005 08:29:18 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005 08:30:28 PM »

that's stunning!

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005 09:15:59 PM »

wow- it's all good, but the clasp is definetly the icing on the cake. wonderful! all these wire projects are making me want to give it a shot!
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005 11:17:44 PM »


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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2005 11:26:37 PM »

very well done Cheesy have you tried using fine silver wire (as opposed to sterling)?  I've done tons of wire crochet (too much in fact, my wrists are paying the price Sad) and I found the fine is much easier to work with... doesn't stress my hands quite so much... just a tip in case you intend on pursuing this medium Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2005 02:36:44 AM »

I like your bracelet too!  Wow, there are a lot of wire bracelets in this competition....I like this one because it is in sterling silver...my favourite.  If I could afford to do another one in sterling I would, but it is so soft that it breaks and snaps when you wear them too often.  Have you found this too??  Or is this just a decorative piece? Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2005 06:28:46 AM »

Thanks, everyone!

Evilwench:  I have considered using fine silver instead of sterling, but the sterling is what I had on hand at the time, and the deadsoft worked out all right.  Actually, once I figured that tension wasn't that important because the wire would keep it's own tension, it went smoothly.

Craftyminx:  Sterling IS soft, and can crack if you bend your bracelets on and off.  But I've been working with it for 14 years now, and it no longer concerns me that much.  This bracelet has two things going for it to protect it from that.  First, it's mesh, and the mesh itself is flexible so the silver itself is not bending that much.  Second, it's got the chain and clasp to hold it gently around the wrist.  It isn't a stiff cuff bracelet that you have to bend to get on and off. 

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2005 09:39:08 AM »

It looks like something really expensive!

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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2005 08:52:09 PM »

thats so very classy!
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2005 06:31:26 AM »

thats so very classy!

I agree! Very nice style.

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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2005 05:57:34 PM »

Amazingly beautiful.......... .love it, it looks so rich  Cool

« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2005 11:52:49 AM »

This is so beautiful!!! I am inspired I have purchased some wire but have yet to experiment with it.  If it were for sale I would buy it. Make more!!!!

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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2005 12:08:41 PM »

that looks luxurious!

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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2007 02:20:59 PM »

That's the most beautiful piece of knitted wire jewelry I've ever seen.  I've tried knitting wire and it was a terrible experience.  You are a master!

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