Recently I was commissioned by my dear friend Ruthie to create something unusual - an anklet/toe ring combination- sort of like a barefoot sandal. This post continues from where I left off here.
After looking at this for awhile, I decided that rivoli setting just wasn't right. I took it apart and played a bit with it and some bronze beads.
I liked the look a lot! First though I needed to find a practical and secure way to execute the design. I decided on rings of wire on the front and back.
It was fiddly but with temporary binding wires it wasn't too bad. It came out well!
I wrote a free tutorial for a modified version of this focal, if you're interested in making your own.
Adding little links with bronze beads between the larger beaded links worked perfectly! It measured exactly right and I ended up with two extra beaded links that I could use on the chain that runs from ankle to toe! Also, afterwards, I added an adjustable chain clasp. I wrote up a free tutorial for the hook for the clasp if anyone is interested :3
I used one bead at the end of the clasp chain- I love when clasps are decorative!
I added the anklet-to-ring chain using bronze rolo chain and fire opal links and bronze bead links.
The last step was the toe ring. I had measured Ruthie's toe and it turned out to be a 5 1/2 according to my ring mandrel. I'm not sure how, but I knew exactly the ring I wanted to make and knew exactly how I was going to make it, even though I've never made a ring like this one before.
First I wrapped 20 gauge wire around the mandrel a bunch of times.
Then, I started a simple weave.
I added two loops with the ends of the wire; one for the chain, and one for decorative dangles.
Then it was time to attach the ring, and the anklet was complete! I tried it on just to see...
Today I'll leave you with my mom's kitty Vinnie, who cannot resist when I have my wire out and I'm working on something :D
'Til next time!