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Hiking and Copper Bangles

Recently I spent time with friends on a hike at Sope Creek Trail in Marietta, GA.  It was great to get outside and breathe in the fresh Fall air, even if only for a few hours.  The scenery was gorgeous with lots of sunshine, colorful leaves, a babbling creek and a beautiful lake.  One of the highlights was getting to see the ruins of a Civil War era paper mill that was burned by Union soldiers in 1864.  I was impressed the ruins had survived this long with the built-up surrounding areas.

A few pics. from the hike:

Fall color
Sope Creek
Part of the paper mill ruins. The shadows cast on the stone were dramatic.

One of the great things about living in north Georgia is that you don’t have to drive far to find such serene, secluded places.  I really should take advantage of that more often.

So, being outdoors was just the inspiration I needed to finish another jewelry project.  I began working on these copper bangle bracelets in my metalsmithing class, but needed to finish the one in the middle to make a complete set I was happy with.  I love the contrast among the different textures!  These were made from a nice, thick gauge of copper wire, thicker than the one I showed you before.  I’m enjoying the beauty of copper, especially when given a patina and tumbled to a shine; it has a warmth to it.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend too, and have a great upcoming week!



  1. I’m loving the bracelets! It’s neat how your hike provided the inspiration you needed.

  2. Thanks Jenn! doesn’t take much to inspire me to play with metal. I think I’m obsessed. 😉

    1. Play with metal, come on, everyone knows you’re a country and western girl.

      1. I don’t know, this one song comes to mind…”thank you!!!!”.

  3. you should have put more pics of this place… awesome place…

    1. Hey Chirag – great to hear from you again. It was beautiful…I had to force myself to put down the camera so I didn’t miss seeing it with my own eyes!

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