Exquisite Copper Cuff Bark Bracelet on Etsy

Copper Bark Cuff Bracelet
Copper Bark Cuff Bracelet

Are you searching for a sensational copper cuff that will add a dash of fabulous style to practically any outfit? This hand crafted copper cuff bracelet meets the bill!

The deep hand chased pattern on both the inside and outside surfaces adds dimensional allure. “Chased” means to be texturized and is an in demand technique with the malleable copper material.

Traditionally, the 7th anniversary is the year of copper! And if you really want to create the perfect gift, you can also purchase some matching copper earrings.

Opening of Copper Bark Cuff Bracelet
Opening of Copper Bark Cuff Bracelet

Copper is just one of the top crazes in modern handmade jewelry today. Copper is easy and widely available to work with, making it both a designer and fan favorite. It’s incredibly easy to polish and texturize. It looks great combined with rough cut gem stones, yet another contemporary jewelry trend. Even top celebrities are jumping on the copper bandwagon, displaying their sensational bling on the red carpets.

Copper is known for being able to stand the test of time. This chased copper bracelet, however, is coated with a protective coating that will keep its original color intact.

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John S Brana Named Bay Area A-List – Best of 2014 Runner-up for Best Fine Jewelry

San FranciscoCA — Jewelry designer John S. Brana has announced that his eponymous collection of handmade fine jewelry has been selected as a runner-up winner for the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List. This marks his fifth honor in the Best Fine Jewelry category.

The Bay Area A-List is a website that awards Bay Area businesses honors in 168 categories. Winners are determined based on the tabulation of more than 37,000 votes from local residents and industry experts. Winners are given a web page to promote their products and services, and new results are published annually.

 

In the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List Awards, Brana’s designer jewelry collection received Runner-up Award – Best Fine Jewelry, ranking in second place out of 45 local San Francisco handmade jewelry collections in the Fine Jewelry category. His handmade fine jewelry line won Runner-Up awards in 2010 and 2013 and was named a Finalist in the Fine Jewelry category in 2012.

The line of designer jewelry made from copper, aluminum, fine silver and gold received the Best Designer Jewelry Award in 2008.  On John S Brana’s Handmade Jewelry profile page of the Bay Area A-List Awards, more than 35 voters are quoted, describing the quality craftsmanship and unique designs of the John S. Brana Jewelry Collection.

John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry is a collection of fine jewelry produced in San Francisco. The pieces in the collection are handcrafted from a variety of precious metals, including fine silver, sterling silver, copper, gold and aluminum. Embellishments like freshwater pearls and faceted gemstones are used in many pieces and are all hand-selected to ensure that every piece is of high quality. Designs are inspired by natural elements from the texture of tree bark to the colors of flowers. Pieces are sold online at Johnsbrana.com.

 

John S. Brana is the artist behind the collection and the owner of the jewelry line. His career began in law and banking, and he formerly served as a Vice-President for Finance for The Charles Schwab Corporation. In 2003, Brana was inspired to leave the corporate world and begin producing his own handmade fine jewelry. The collection debuted in 2004 and is produced at Brana’s San Francisco studio.

John S Brana Handmade Jewelry

1043 Portola Drive
San FranciscoCA 94127

415-664-9737
[email protected]
http://www.johnsbrana.com

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Types of Laps Used in Faceting Gemstones for Handcrafted Jewelry

Diamond Laps for Facting Gemstones
Lucite Laps for Facting Gemstones
Lucite Laps for Facting Gemstones

Laps are the bases used for polishing and cutting rough gems into fine gemstones. There is a wide range of available laps in use, and many of them are original creations used exclusively by the developer. Generally, however, polishing laps fall into several basic classifications.

A Lucite lap is very popular. Its hardness, which is approximately 2, indicates some limitations, but Lucite has performed well and is versatile. A combination lap made of equal amounts of lead and tin is also in general use.

Another polishing lap often found in regular use is the “typemetal lap.” Its alloy of lead, copper, antimony and tin hint at the general softness of this lap, but lead is tough and tends to give added wearing ability when used.

Copper Lap for Facting Gemstones
Copper Lap for Facting Gemstones

Tin laps are also in common use, as are lead laps. Practically every type of material seems to have been experimented with, and many of them have been successful, especially when a specific need arises. Incidentally, the fine book, “Faceting for Amateurs,” by Glenn and Martha Vargas, covers the data on laps extensively. Most Rock Shops stock the book, and its 330 pages make interesting reading for beginner or expert.

In general, the Lucite lap is popular because it’s inexpensive, but a lubricant is vital t0 minimize the heat that develops.

Diamond Laps for Facting Gemstones
Diamond Laps for Facting Gemstones

This entire post could easily be devoted to the diamond laps. The most popular are the basic cutting laps such as the 120 grit or the 100. A 400 for fine facet cutting is used on practically every stone, while an extra-fine finish can be applied through the use of a 1200 grit lap. The most popular one in regular use is a 3000 diamond lap that pre-polishes and minimizes the amount of time involved in completing a polish. Although there are finer laps on the market, we have been unable to use one with a free conscience, as the lap is easy to damage, and extra caution is required in using finer laps. This is not to say that the diamond compounds ranging to 5000 grit size cannot be easily used on copper laps, etc. The compounds work well, but if you can afford the all-diamond laps, chances are their durability, ease and workability will make them a very satisfactory investment.

If you are a beginner and all this talk about the wide range of available laps is confusing you, your best bet is to talk to hobbyists who are already in the field or other handcrafted jewelry designers. Chances are, if you,talk to a number of them, you will soon see the total picture. Don’t stop with a single cutter, as the probability is strong that he has personal favorites which may not be in the same field as your requirements. Although you can work very well with a lap or two, you will find that part of the fun in cutting is to experiment. My workshop has several dozen laps but this is a luxury. For the average hobbyist, only a few laps are vital, so check your needs against your budget, and decide how extensive your lap stockpile need be.

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