Making Men’s Jewelry – a Happy Accident
by Dianne Jacques.
I have always had a hard time designing jewelry for men. Unless it’s made of thick leather or heavy chain, I was always at a loss.
That is, until this happy accident.
I have been making my Pentawrap bracelets for quite some time but since going into metalwork, I haven’t done much beading.
With hand surgery coming up I haven’t been able to do much in the shop so I decided to do some beading. I still have thousands upon thousands of beads after all.
I use a jewelry tray to do these and the leather wraps around several times. And somehow I forgot to check sizing during the process and I ended up at the end of my leather with only enough room to make one knot.
It was too big for me 🙁
I used my husband’s wrist to get a good measurement so I knew what wrist size it would fit. I like to give my customers as much information as I can so that when they get their piece of jewelry from me, they are ecstatic and not disappointed.
Have you ever ordered something and were really excited to open the package only to find out the fit is wrong? I have, and I don’t like it!
Anyway, I wrapped it around his wrist 5 times (Pentawrap) and it looked awesome on him! I was shocked!
He thought it was a special order for a man. It was too dark last night to get any photos with him wearing it, but I intend to get some in the next couple of days and I’ll post the photos here when I do.
One other thing…see the button clasp?
I make those too since I like for the clasp to match the piece. It’s a copper disc that I have cut out, domed and enameled.