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This is my very first bangle, and for a while, it will be my only one - my only design, at least. It was a lot of work, and it was expensive to make.

For this design, I collected a tree branch from my local park - I don't know what tree it is from, but if any of you readers know, do tell! The little branch was cast for me in recycled bronze directly from my original which burns out and leaves only the metal. Then I formed a bangle out of it, soldered it and had it finished by a polishing service I occasionally use in the diamond district. (Because of the machinery a professional polisher has available, he can achieve better results and offer more variety.)

I took the result back to my casting service for a mold and reproduction. Now I can make as many as I like, in whatever metal I like.

I chose bronze for my first model for two reasons: the first one is looks, the second cost. The bronze coloring looks similar to the original branch. Right now it has a bit of a reddish tint, but over time the bronze will oxidize into the more commonly seen brownish color.

The cost is another factor why I chose bronze. This bangle weighs 21 grams, or 2/3 of an ounce. In silver, it would be even more expensive, and in gold, it would be nearly $1000. (So never mind that.)

As it is, the price for this item is not low. But let me explain. The casting labor (not materials) and polishing labor for this piece cost me over $20. Add to that the material cost, my own time involvement, and the mold which cost $40 (but which I can re-use if I sell any of these).

Sizing: this bangle is on the small side, the diameter is a tad over 2.5 inches. I can make the bangle smaller for an extra $10, but I don't have any more branch to add, so making it larger is not an option. What I could do, however, is open it up and make an open bangle out of it, that would allow for another half inche to maybe an inch in inner diameter. Labor on that would also be $10 because it has to be reshaped and re-finished on the ends.

If you'd like me to make this bangle in recycled sterling, it would cost another $40. That's slightly more than my own cost for the metal, but it is no extra labor for me, so I am ok with this. But allow 2 weeks for delivery if you'd like it cast in sterling.

Bronze Twig Bangle

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  • Handmade item
  • Material: recycled bronze
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