Jewelry That’s Easy On…Easy Off

by Nancy Vaughan.
(San Diego, CA)

Jewelry That's Easy On...Easy Off by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Gotta love those memory wire and stretchy bracelets, plus cuffs and bangles. No clasps involved with any of them.

They are most definitely “Easy on…Easy off” – just like the title says. My favorite for bracelets is the memory wire. The design possibilities are limitless.

Jewelry That's Easy On...Easy Off by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I have all kinds and colors of beads to work with. Since I like earth tones I chose wood with a little brass for the bracelet.

It’s made primarily with natural colored ebony and red wood beads plus the large painted beads for a wow factor.

Jewelry That's Easy On...Easy Off by Nancy Vaughan  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

There were enough of the painted beads left over to make a necklace with a brass chain and a magnet clasp (Easy on…Easy off) and ear rings using interesting round shape ear wires (also Easy on…Easy off).

Nancy Vaughan
Wicked Wiire Works

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  • Nancy, you’re so right – there is a HUGE population who prefer easy on / easy off jewelry. And your designs here are so striking that I imagine the first thing people think is “Wow!” – and then they discover the easy on / off features. A great collection, especially as the Fall fashion season gears up!

  • Mary Anne says:

    I have to agree. I will not buy any bracelets or necklaces with clasps.. It’s over the arm or neck with ease, or a simple toggle closure. I wind up passing up beautiful jewelry at craft shows that I would purchase, if not for the clasps that artisans keep using in their work. Sometimes I will engage in a conversation with the artisan and tell them that maybe they can find another easier solution. Others remain obstinate in continuing to use those tiny metal clasps in bracelets and necklaces.

  • Becky says:

    At Art/Craft shows I always have a supply of different closures available. Mainly I use hooks I’ve made. If I see someone struggling with any closure, I’ll bring up whatever solution is required. Either changing the clasp, lengthening the item or bringing out Rena’s wire bracelet helper, which I just give away. I’m sorry others haven’t listened to your concerns. My SIL has post polio and loved the magnet closure on her special charm bracelet I made. I do use Sterling chains with the spring ring that it comes with however I keep a supply of my Sterling hooks I can change out.

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