Honey Lavender Coiled Bangle

My personal theme for the piece is CONTRAST and VARIETY, found in these situations:

1) The contrasting complementary colors of yellow and purple;

2) The contrasting feel of the faceted transparent stones and the opaque smooth ones;

3) The different types of needlelace stitches used to frame and finish each stone: a scalloped edge between beads, laced half-caps on some of the larger beads and the diagonal connectors.

The stones used for this bangle are: AAA faceted lavender and purple amethysts, AAA faceted citrines, a hard to find ice-cube rectangular citrine nugget and also hard to find natural opaque yellow agate.


The bangle was handwoven with more than 38 feet (that's right, 38!!!!) of hair thin gold-filled wire, measures just under 3/4" wide and fits up to 7" wrists. Images & Design Copyright 2005 Eni Oken

The Pond Bangle

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"King Bidgood's in the bathtub, and he won't get out!"

In the magnificent children's book King Bidgood's in the bathtub by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood, the stubborn kind who refuses to leave the tub is shown in a variety of scenarios.

My family's favorite illustration is the one where the king goes fishing with the Duke: the tub is transformed into a fishing pond brimming with little critters. You can read more about this book and the authors here.

Inspired by this particular scene, I created this bangle, which is woven with sterling silver wire over some very swampy green garnets. And of course, I added as many little critters as I could find, lizards, turtles and frogs. The smaller light green stones are jade.

The bracelet is totally hand-coiled with more than 22 feet of hair-thin sterling silver wire. The bangle measures 1/2" wide and fits 6" to 7" wrists.

After this original, I created many dozens of reproductions upon request for commissions. It was a favorite!

Copyright 2005 Eni Oken

Tidal Wave Bangle

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This bangle was created after the Tsunami Disaster in Asia. Watery clouded aquamarine nuggets are connected and woven with more than 25 feet of hair-thin sterling silver wire. Swirls, starfish and a lobster complete the marine look.

The bangle measures just under 3/4" wide and fits 7 1/4" or smaller wrists.

Copyright 2005 Eni Oken

Coiled Bangle

bangle02 This bangle tutorial is not for the faint of heart: approximately 25 feet of wire is required and many hours of patient hand-coiling. This is the ORIGINAL COILED BANGLE tutorial, which has been reproduced by dozens of hundreds of artists throughout the planet. Here you see images of various versions. Yay!

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Amazonite, Turquoise, Sterling silver

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Woven Beaded Cuff

wovencuff05 This show-stopper cuff can also be called a “zipper cuff” because of the way it is constructed: it is woven in two separate parts which are then united at the end, very much like a zipper which is being is closed. The amount of decorative elements added is totally up to you – make it as ornate as you like!

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Lacy Jade Pendant

This delicate lace-like pendant made with actual traditional lace-making techniques, using 28 ga hair-thin wire. The center is a rectangular jade bead surrounded by jade and aventurine beads. The necklace holding the pendant is made half of jade/aventurine links and half with chain towards the back. The pendant measures 1 1/8" wide. Design: it started as a purely rectangular design. However, as I was planning the execution, the shape of the beads around the center started to acquire the look of petals (right side sketch), making the entire pendant softer, more delicate and with rounded corners.

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Purple Amethyst Brooch or Pendant

A real stunner, this royal beauty was built with gemstone quality faceted amethyst beads, wrapped with more than 15 feet of hair-thin gold-filled wire and adorned with 22 karate vermeil (silver overlaid with gold) Balinese beads.

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The brooch is entirely constructed in gold filled wire and vermeil with the with exception of the pin back, which is base metal (for better support of a brooch of this kind). Absolutely no solder or glue were used.

The center cluster is made with round beads: an unknown green stone called Vansuanite and 3mm garnets.

I also created later a Pendant version that you can see here as well.

Design: The design of a 5 petal flower had been sitting for a very long time in my journal!  It turned out *very much* like the original design!  Measures 1 3/4" (4 cm) in diameter.


Grey Circular Pendant with Rose Montees

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Long Earrings with Circle

Learn how to create this classy pair of earrings: use short or long briolette (pear shaped) beads for different results. They look great to wear on those starry nights...

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Double Rhinestone Pendant

Grey pearls, tiny white pearls and a layer of Bali silver beads surround two large rhinestones set on prongs. This is tiny, only 1 1/2 inches tall. To construct this type of pendant, I start with a large round flattened jumpring. The stones are then attached to the jumpring using very thin 28 ga wire. [button href="http://www.jewelrylessons.com/tutorial/orange-circular-pendant" size="xlarge" title="Get a FREE tutorial on how to make a piece similar to this " textcolor="#ffffff" target="_blank"][/button]

Renaissance Tan Brooch

Pin in sterling silver wire, with  crystals, pearls and vintage cut seed beads.  Two star-shaped structures of heavy sterling silver wire are attached together and covered with hand strewn pearls, crystals and vintage beads. Structures are covered with coiled fine sterling silver wire as well. The result is a heavy, solid and intricate piece. No glue or solder was used.  

Sculptural Wave Necklace

Sculptural pendant made in forged sterling silver with garnets, pearls and amethists attached using sterling silver wire. Four fringes. Pendant measures almost 2" (4.6cm) wide and 1.75" (4cm) high. Total length of necklace is 16.5" (37.1cm) long. To make the pendant, four heavy pieces of sterling silver were forged and shapped into scrolls. After they were connected with fine coiled sterling silver wire, individual pearls and gems were hand strewn on each one scroll, forming a sculptural composition.

Freeform Sculptural Bracelet

This great half-stiff bracelet was constructed over a solid structure of 18 gauge sterling silver wire. Turquoise, silver, and garnet beads of all sizes were threaded to the structure using thin 28 gauge sterling silver wire. The clasp is a sterling silver toggle, attached to the stiff part through chains. Extremely comfortable to wear, this is an eye catcher. The width is approximately 1.25 inches (3.5 cm). Private Collection.

YOJ 2005 Week 44

I'm a little late in posting because of the school vacation: my son and I had a really fun time last week.

It was bound to happen: the Pink Paella got together with the Under the Sea pendant of week 15 and together they made a beautiful little pink baby:


Pink Sea Pendant: SOLD!

The pendant measures 1 1/2" high, not including the bail, and the stones are pink opal, shell and rose quartz.

I suspect there are going to be more of these babies soon... What a fun project to make!

YOJ 2005 Week 43

I usually don't like to repeat a design for the YOJ, but this bracelet similar to the one created for 24 turned out so yummy I had to post it!

Another Garden bracelet

Spring Bangle with Coral

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I really like the way that the red stones (coral and carnelian) contrast with the shiny silver in this bangle. There is a a lot of metal in this piece, which makes it look very substantial and "important". If only I could get that metal effect in all my pieces!

The inspiration for the bangle was a garden, so I included little flowers, a bee and a butterfly.

Materials: matching oval coin and round coral beads, dark rust colored carnelians and small garnets. The silver  is a mix of Balinese cylinders and tiny Thai hilltribe stamped beads. The clasp is a navette shaped hook, with some of the most delicate filigree work I've seen around.

This bangle, as others shown here, is woven with more than 18 feet of hair-thin sterling silver wire. It measures just over 1/2" wide and fits 7 1/4" or smaller wrists.

Copyright 2005 Eni Oken

Froggie, Froggie Bangle

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Froggie, oh froggie, jumping from one lilypad to another... I could not resist using these very unusual dark green carved aquamarine beads with natural clouded aquamarine nuggets. The contrast of the matte carved beads with the shiny, translucent light blue color reminds me of water and leaves. Very amphibian, water and earth.

Interesting enough, even though so different, both are aquamarines, they come from the same source.

The bracelet is totally hand-coiled with more than 18 feet of hair-thin sterling silver wire. The bangle measures 1/2" wide and fits 6 to 6 1/2" wrist size.

Copyright 2005 Eni Oken


Garden Bangle

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This bangle design is a variation of the Coiled Bangle, with some large items put into the mix. I originally designed it for the Year of Jewelry 2005 project. I decided to go with a garden theme and work with orange-red and blue-green. The result was The Garden Bangle, where you see flowers, berries, fruit and of course... little critters that live surrounding beautiful plants. A snail, a ladybug and of course... a butterfly!

Here are two variations. Sterling silver, thai silver.

Copyright 2005 Eni Oken

YOJ 2005 Week 42

The theme this week is "Art Noveau": I can't believe we are on week 42 already! Only ten more weeks to finish the entire year. What an incredible journey! One of my conclusions in regards to this project is that I am really very bad in following themes, and I just function better when left to my own devices.

The piece for this week was a gift to a friend -- she picked out these very dark midnight blue agate stones from my stash:


These agate nuggets are unusual because they are naturally blue, not dyed, and were brought to me from Brazil by my mother, during her last visit.