I have my bracelet ready for the 2017 State jewelry competition, which will be held during the state fair. So far, I’m 2 for 2 with blue ribbons.
This year, I’m submitting a fantastic bracelet featuring the dragonscale/ mermaid weave. This advanced design has larger rings on the outside that face one direction and smaller rings on the INSIDE that face in the opposite direction, creating the appearance of fish (or dragon) scales.
- For the outside rings, I used sterling silver (18 gauge, 6 mm inner diameter) rings.
- For the inside rings, I used 14k gold fill (20 gauge, 4 mm inner diameter) rings.
The final result is absolutely stunning! I’m really pleased with how the gold inside rings complement the brighter silver rings and give the entire piece a deeper, richer appearance.
I will submit the bracelet on August 26th and find out the results a couple of weeks later.
Wish me luck! I feel really good about this bracelet, and it would be nice to pick up another ribbon.
(One thing I want to do before submitting is to get my models back so I can take a few pictures.)
On a side note, I have a little of the gold fill wire left over. I’m thinking about making another lovers’ knots bracelet to use it up. It might make a nice Christmas present for my niece.