June 13, 2015

three part leather braided bracelet with monkey fist and loop black 3612

 Using a single piece of 2 mm black leather lacing the challenge was to create a braided form that had no need for hardware and that could open and close without clips or buttons.

This bracelet has a three part braid with three strands for the running part of the band. The ball knot is a monkey fist 3x3x3 with a small plastic bead as a core. The loops are three strands of the lacing that fit over the monkey fist for a secure and easy to manage closure.
 Here you can see the details of the monkey fist and loop toggle.

7" (178 mm)
2 1/4" (56 mm)
1/2" (12 mm)

.3 oz / 9 g


Design can be expanded to make larger sizes
Available here


design and photographs © copyright 2015

June 11, 2015

zig zag carved pattern bangle 3605

Diagonal textured pattern hand carved with an asymmetrical row of dots along one edge primitive style bangle bracelet. The light creamy colored core shows through the incised pattern contrasting with the white surface. A neo-primitive abstract pattern based on heritage African designs this is all new materials using no animal products.
8" (203 mm)
2 1/2" (63 mm)
1 5/8" (44 mm)

1.5 oz / 43 g
soon to be available on the ArtifactSite shop


design and photographs © copyright 2015

June 9, 2015

anti clastic bangle 3604

 An elemental simple form that has been hand carved to create a reverse (anti clastic) curve in the center leaving the edges thicker. The rounded and slightly distressed surface texture suggests years of use but this is a new object. Surface is matte and will acquire color and patina with use.

Lightweight CPVC has a hard white surface shell and a softer cream colored core exposed during he making.
8 1/2" (212 mm)
2 3/4" (70 mm)
1 5/8" (43 mm)

1.1 oz / 34 g
Available here




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June 7, 2015

sand dune sculpted PVC bangle 3606

Ordinary CPVC pipe transformed into a sculptural bangle reminiscent of aeolian forms seen on beaches and windblown snow drifts. The outer shell is a bright white the core is a creamy beige color exposed during the carving process. Surface texture is matte with small irregularities emulating the aging of ancient objects although this is an entirely new artifact.

No animal products used in this piece.
8 1/2" (216 mm)
2 3/4" (70 mm)
1 1/2" (43 mm)

1.3 oz / 38 g
Available here



design and photographs © copyright 2015

June 5, 2015

massive bangle bracelet 3603

Simple massive bracelet created in the Handmade Artifacts workshop out of PVC thermoplastic. The concentric layers emulate the traditional ivory materials but this is entirely free of animal products. Very slight surface irregularities attest to the handmade history of this bracelet. Interior edges are eased for comfort when placing over the hand. Surface is a matte texture.
7 7/8" (200 mm) inside circumference
2 1/2" (63 mm) inside diameter
1 1/2" (38 mm) wide (interior surface)

9.5 oz / 270 g
Available here

Part of the collection of handmade artifacts that re-creates ancient heritage forms in modern materials.

design and photographs © copyright 2015

June 3, 2015

three square knot macrame soft bangles 3602

 The 70's called and wanted their macrame back so here it goes… Three made-to-order square knot cotton bracelets made with #24 cotton cord in three colors: natural, yellow, and pink.

This design uses a tube mold to stretch out the circumference cords while the square knots are tied. The ends are pulled tight through the last knot then stitched with nylon thread. Loose ends are removed. Non-adjustable.
 8" (203 mm)
2 1/4" (58 mm)
3/8" (7 mm)


makes a happy stack…

similar design available here or make a request for your custom size and color.



design and photographs © copyright 2015 

May 23, 2015

layered cord and seed bead bangle 3588

 Layers of cord and seed beads in a simply constructed pattern with four ply nylon thread. Cord is hand dyed cotton with a mix of blue and green dye. Beads are 3 mm glass. Color mix range from opal cream to clear green.




8 1/4" (209 mm)
2 5/8" (68 mm)
1" (24 mm)

.6 oz / 18 g


Part of the Handmade Artifacts collection of modern interpretations of heritage designs.



Available here



design and photographs © copyright 2015

May 14, 2015

wide oval pin locking ankle cuff 3583

Wide oval shaped cuff with interlocking tabs and pin connections. PVC thermoplastic and brass. Related designs:

Thinner profile design.

Circular shape cuff design

Larger circular cuff design
 8 3/8" (213 mm) inside circumference
2 1/2" (63 mm) x 3" (76 mm) oval
1 5/8" (42 mm) wide

1/4" (8 mm) thickness
3.0 oz / 87g
Available here


design and photographs © copyright 2015

May 12, 2015

wide open back PVC cuff bracelet 3562

 Substantial wide cuff bracelet with a simple circular pattern of incised marks with a tapered edge. Slips on easily over the wrist with the open back design. Circular form with a smooth interior is comfortable to wear alone or stack with as many thinner bangles as possible for a massive effect. Lightweight thermoplastic.
 the geometry
71/4" (185 mm) inside circumference
2 3/8" (61 mm) inside diameter
1 7/8" (49 mm) wide
1" (24 mm) opening

1.5 oz / 45 g

available here

design and photographs © copyright 2015

May 11, 2015

replica copper coil bracelet 3581

 Made from heavy copper wire this replica bracelet is very similar to the coil bracelets worn by native people in Africa and widely seen in photos of these groups. This replica was used as a costume prop and has minor surface oxidation. The material is a 6 gauge soft copper wire that may be easily adjusted to a comfortable size on the forearm. Substantial weight. Shape is roughly cylindrical and is designed to be shaped to fit when worn. Ends have been rounded for safety and comfort.
 the geometry:
8 1/4" (209 mm) inside circumference (average)
2 3/4" (74 mm) inside diameter
4 3/8" (107 mm) wide

26 full circumferences with overlap

1 lb 10.5 oz (754 g)
available here



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May 8, 2015

open back cuff bracelet with dimples 3563

Open back cuff that is made for a small adult  wrist using white thermoplastic that has been trimmed and shaped into a comfortable oval. A single row of dimples is placed on the centerline.
 the geometry
6 5/8" (166 mm)
2 3/8" (61 mm) x 1 3/4" (44 mm)
1 1/4" (32 mm)

1 oz/ 30 g
Soon to be available on the ArtifactSite

Part of the Handmade Artifacts collection that re-creates heritage forms in modern materials.



design and photographs © copyright 2015

May 6, 2015

large bangle bracelet 3560

Oversize bangle that recalls the basic simple designs seen in heritage cultures of Africa made with modern thermoplastic materials. This massive bracelet is assembled from multiple concentric pieces of PVC pipe then shaped to form with hand tools creating a smooth but slightly irregular surface texture.
the geometry
7 7/8" (201 mm) inside circumference
2 1/2" (63 mm) inside diameter
1" (24 mm) wide

5 oz/143 g

Available here

Part of the Handmade Artifacts  collection of traditional forms created in modern materials


design and photographs © copyright 2015