I have a few examples of bangles here, and will put up a few more shortly. I will also be showing a few bracelets. I make bangles in 14k yellow gold. It is hard enough to hold its shape. I don’t like misshapen rings or bangles, so I make them heavy enough to insure that they will not bend, nor break.
The Three-Corner bangle is the first project that was required at the School of Design, in Pforzeim, Germany, which, by many accounts, sets the standard for excellence in goldsmithing skills. The aspiring smith is given a length of sterling, a hammer, a bracelet mandrel, and a steel bench block. With those tools he or she is to hammer out and finish a perfectly porportioned and symetrical bangle. When the bangle is completed the instructor puts the calipers to the piece and assesses it from every point. If it is not exactly symetrical the student is handed another length of sterling wire and told to try again. The student doesn't advance until a perfect bangle is fashioned...no matter how long it takes.