Pat Blair, the artist behind Forge Ahead, splits his time between Humboldt County, California, and Petersburg, Alaska. One of his sisters took him to a working metal sculptor's studio when he was a boy, and he was immediately taken with this medium. As soon as he earned enough money, he purchased a set of tanks and torches and learned to weld and braize with them. Fast forward 50 years, and a variety of jobs and experiences later, and Pat now does a lot of fun things with torches and metal. On a job a number of years ago, Pat was given some scrap copper from a sheetmetal job. He took that scrap home, immediately fell in love with this material, and now works almost exclusively in copper He makes a variety of sculptures (visit his site at theforgeahead.com), and started making these bracelets in 2013.
The first bracelet Pat made was a gift for his sweetie, and it drew a lot of admirers, so he soon began making them for others. These bracelets are made entirely from post-construction recycled copper. The coloring on the bracelet is a result of "flame painting"--a technique of bringing the copper to a specific temperature then cooling it down. The colors are actually micro crystals just like the ones that you hang in your window on a sunny day to create the rainbows on the floor and walls. These crystals refract the light and cause the colors to show up. After a considerable amount of wear, the brilliant colors fade to a very pretty nut brown color.
Styles: Each bracelet is a unique piece of wearable art. We've labeled them with Style letter designations (A-W). To connect the letter to its corresponding photograph, use the Style pull-down menu to rotate through the images. (Clicking on the photos will not change the letter designation displayed, so be sure to use the Style pull-down menu to pull up the image before adding your favorite to your shopping cart.)
- Bracelets vary in width from .25-1.25"
- The gap between the two ends of the bracelet (which are stamped with Pat's signature and an American flag/made in the US stamp, as shown in the next-to-last photo) is between .5-1.5 inches. Because copper is malleable, the gap can be narrowed or widened as necessary, and the overall shape adjusted to fit the wearers' wrist/arm.
- The length of the bracelet from end to end (measured as shown in the last photo) is as follows:
- 5.25" for Style M
- 5.75" for Styles H, I, K, U, W
- 6" for Styles A, E, F, N, O, Q, V
- 6.5" for Styles B, C, D, G, L, R, S
- 6.75 for Styles J, P, T
If you have more specific questions about measurements or would like us to send pictures of a bracelet from different angles, please email us at belle-starr.com. Include the Style letter(s) in question with your inquiry.