October 21, 2016

extra wide slip on cuff 4037

Soft core CPVC cut, seamed, and heat formed to resemble a piece of bone, then textured and polished to create a lightly striated surface.

 7 1/2" (190 mm) inside circumference
2 1/2" (64 mm) diameter
lightweight 2 oz / 57 g
some other designs similar to this:

super thin stackable bone bangles

small massive bone bracelet

large bone bangle 

brush texture wide bangle 

wide bone cuff with a split back

thick bone bracelet 
More of these unique pieces on ArtFactSite

design and photographs copyright 2016

October 10, 2016

large domed bone bangle 4047

Asymmetrical curved shape created from an angled seam and heat treatment is surfaced and finished to resemble a piece of ivory but this is 100% synthetic materials so no animals are harmed.
The surface is burnished with a felt tipped polishing tool to bring out the semi-matt texture. The heat of the burnishing process fuses the plastic to create the glossy finish seen in the photos.

 Size is a generous 9" (228 mm) circumference large enough to wear on the upper arm.

1.7 o1 oz/ 51 g

other designs you might like:
two large bracelets 4030

large bone bangle bracelet 4028

small massive bone bracelet 4025

Look for this and other related designs on ArtFactSite

design and photographs copyright 2016

October 4, 2016

two large bracelets 4030 4032

This matching pair of large bangles are made from   a single piece of laminated material. The billet was assembled from two pieces of vertically sliced PVC pipe that were solvent welded and separated on a diagonal. The individual pieces were then shaped and finished.

The process emulates the practice of slicing animal horns or bones in segments to create the ivory, bone, and horn bracelets common in indigous cultures but without the obvious negative impacts.
 The top half is item 4030 which has a flared end. You can see the laminating seam near the edge. This piece is 7 1/2" (191 mm) interior circumference and weighs 3.4 oz (98 g) it's about 1 3/4" wide.

The bottom piece item 4032 is slightly larger at 7 3/4" (196 mm) circumference and has more rounded edges. It also weighs in at a full 5 oz (144g) so it's quite massive - in keeping with the design values of the cultural inspiration for these bracelets.

together these are almost 3 wide and 8.6 oz

See these and other similar designs on ArtiFactSite where ancient forms are brought to contemporary materials.

design and photographs copyright 2016

October 1, 2016

large bone bangle bracelet 4028

Formed from thermoplastic then hand carved to shape this larger bracelet will fit an adult hand comfortably. The shape is gently flared from the inside. A slight anti-clastic form follows the interior curve giving this bangle a flowing organic form. The surfaces have been burnished with a dense felt buff bringing out a pleasing smooth texture.

 about 8 1/2" (216 mm) circumference
2 5/8" (67 mm) diameter
1.8 oz  /  52 g

You might also like these designs:

thick bone bracelet 3752

white bone bangle bracelets 3309

bone cuff split back PVC modern relic 3762

triangle bangles 3471
This bracelet and similar designs available on ArtFactSite.

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September 30, 2016

small massive bone bracelet replica design 4025

 Inspired by the traditional bracelets produced by ancient cultures from the femurs of cows and other animals this replica has all the heft and texture of tradition with a modern sensibility. The organic form is bisected with a thin geometrically perfect line that emphasizes the tension between the free form shape and the machine made world where the materials originated.

Hand carved from laminated PVC pipe and finished with subtle polish that brings out the textured surface with all the small variations.
 Measuring only 5 1/2" (140 mm) inside circumference this bracelet would be worn by a child or small adult. The smoothly polished interior surface resembles an ancient artifact that might have been in use for generations.

Substantial weight at 2.5 ox / 72 g this bracelet has a pleasing massive quality.

Available here.
A few other designs that you might like:

large bangle bracelet 3560

massive bangle bracelet 3603

petroglyph bangles G H 3737

thick bone bracelet split back seam 3752

design and photographs © copyright 2016

September 29, 2016

super thin stackable bracelets 4029

A little stack of little bracelets created from thermoplastic but shaped and finished to resemble traditional horn, ivory, or bone materials often used by traditional cultures. Since the illegal ivory trade is destroying the elephant population in Africa it is important to find alternative materials that can offer similar properties to recreate traditional forms.

Stacked this collection is less than 1" high.
Composed of four slightly oval shaped pieces these bangles are made from white PVC plastic. Cut from a section of round pipe and then shaped to remove the edges the finishing reveals the pure white color of the material.

Progressive treatment with fine sand paper creates a matte surface. Final polishing with felt media brings out the textured surface with highlights.

See this collection at ArtiFactSite
Other designs similar to this you might like:

eclipse bangle moon bracelet 3731

bone bangles sculpted slender bracelets 3463

white bone bangle bracelets 3309

design and photographs © copyright 2016 

September 28, 2016

bluff at Justice Bay

The tree covered sandstone bluff with sea caves below. Southeast corner of Justice Bay in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

size:  5"(12.7 cm) x 7" (17.78 cm)

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 27, 2016

Lakescape watercolor Oak Island at sunset #2

View west from the north side of Oak Island at sunset, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin.

size 7" (17.78 cm) x 5"(12.7 cm)

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 26, 2016

Apostle Islands sea cave watercolor

Sea caves on the southeast corner of Justice Bay on Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI.

size 7" (17.78 cm) x 5"(12.7 cm)

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 25, 2016

mixed color two strand bracelet collection 4007

 Mixing up color means more than dissolving dye in jugs of water. Here's a collection of two strand bracelets that are made of two color cords in affinity pairs.

Available while they last, check the ETSY shop for more listings or click here to see what remains of this collection.
 A Blue and gold about 7"

 Gold and yellow about 6 1/4"
 Sand and sage (green) about 6 3/4"
Purple and grey about 7"

Click here to see this collection 

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 19, 2016

more two strand knotted rope bracelets 4006

 Second group of two strand designs also made from the ends of color runs and other materials I have hanging around the studio. All these are the medium weight cotton hand dyed using a water soluble system.

Check the ETSY shop to see what remains of this collection. These are limited edition bracelets. Sizes and colors will change with materials availability.

 Royal blue 6 1/4" (158 mm)
 Taupe 7" (178 mm)
 White (ecru) 6 1/2" (165 mm)
Canary 6 1/2" (165 mm)

Click here to see what's in-store!

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 17, 2016

another group of two strand random color rope bracelets 4005

Extra pieces of cord are produced frequently during the development of color sets. A batch of bracelets is made and a few ends remain often not large enough to make a full three strand design. These narrower two strand designs are the result…

Sizes are non-standard based on the length of the remainder cord. Ok you can ask for custom sizes but the color might be different.

See this collection here or find
  similar collections here.

 Sage green made with soft lay cotton 6 1/4" (158 mm)
 Sand tan made with medium weight cotton 7 1/4" (185 mm)
 Royal blue made with medium weight cotton 7" (178 mm)
Olive green made with medium weight cotton 7" (178 mm)

design and photographs copyright 2016