The mechanism of the “Mieder Bangle” was inspired by the flexural strength that gold receives when it is manually forged. This method alone, however, would not deliver a material with sufficient flexibility to facilitate an opening far enough to fit ones wrist through and return back far enough to fit on the arm securely. These were “smart-metal-esque” material properties that were required. Ultimately, by combining two of these wrought metal segments, joining them only on either end, and allowing them sufficient space to move independently between another, it was possible to achieve the flexibility to strength relationship that was sought after. All the while creating a play of refraction, that occurred in between these two highly polished and curved surfaces. Form follows function in the most enticing way possible; making it a feature rather than a limitation, allowing the elimination of a traditional, and in comparison unpleasant, hinge and clasp mechanism. Overall, the bangle, which requires no less than 70 hours to fabricate, illustrates the value of a master goldsmith’s ability and knowledge of the craft as it features a novel mechanism that is enticing to use.

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