Today I'm sharing the story behind the Manifesto Cuff for my upcoming jewellery line, ARTISTA Creative.
This wraparound handcrafted sterling silver cuff is an easy to wear, everyday piece of intentional jewellery. My two initial thoughts when coming up with the design were to have it take its physical shape organically, making every single one unique to the individual and to carry significant messages for the wearer. For me I wanted to have short and sweet messages. I sometimes lose sight of the fact that I have talents and gifts unique to me and in moments of self-doubt I can carry myself away into the shadows which occur all too frequently for this artist-maker! I wanted something to counteract those thoughts with something positive and empowering. Mine reads: Be true to yourself. Stand your ground. Stay strong. Do Not Give Up. In times of stress or doubt, these words become mantra or affirmation like. Meditate on these words.
The wabi-sabi aesthetic is ever present. Made from 100% recycled eco friendly sterling silver round wire which was pulled through a drawing plate several times to change the wire from round to square. Forged with a hammer on an anvil until flat to allow embellishment of the letters. Forging is quite a process. Many hammer hits are required to flatten the wire and this process hardens the metal which then needs to be annealed several times. Annealing is heating the metal so that it is soft enough to continue hammering into the desired shape and thickness. I perform the meditative task of applying hammer to metal on an anvil, the rhythmic sound of metal on metal on metal courses through me and the silver takes shape creating a wave that begins to curl over like when you see the waves about to crash. Ah-ha! The moment when what was to be a bangle became a wraparound cuff. I wanted to keep the wave and not cut it shorter into a bangle or straighten the silver. I could see in my mind's eye that this piece of metal could become so much more: a banner to wear on my wrist with my mantras, affirmations or even the Gutsy Girl Manifesto.
After the metal was hammered into the desired thickness, I used files and emery paper to soften and smooth out the surface & edges, and a burnishing tool to shine up the edges. I flattened the silver strip out to make it easier to stamp. I stamped my manifesto before annealing and shaping the metal to fit my wrist using a rawhide mallet (which does not mark the metal) and bangle mandrel. To finish I used a brass brush to create a soft satin like finish on the surface.
The silver is lightweight and strong. It can be worn on the wrist or loosened to be worn further up the arm. The length of my cuff measures approximately 22cm in length.
Custom orders are available with your choice of stamped words, or none at all. Texture and finish can be customised. On a cuff measuring 22cm, there is space for approximately 52 characters. The cuff as pictured is priced at AUD$130. Depending on design requirements this can vary slightly for customised work. This cuff is a made to order item.
What is your mantra? Do you have a manifesto? Please share in the comments!
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Hello, I'm Sharyn: Gutsy Girl Chieftess, Founder of of Gutsy Girl and Gutsy Girls Will Rule The World. I am the Creatrix of Sacred Circle Leadership Training and Gutsy Mantras.
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