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2005/109/1 Bracelet, acrylic / polyester / polyurethane foam / silver, designed and made by Peter Chang, Glasgow, Scotland, 2004. Click to enlarge.

Plastic bracelet by Peter Chang

In his workshop in Glasgow Peter Chang makes spectacular jewellery, like the bracelet made from a mix of bought acrylics and old beads, map pinheads and part of a broken shop-sign, which was acquired by the museum in 2004. Large but light, comfortable to wear but robust, the bracelet is like a sculpture that you can put your hand through. Dazzling in its saturated colour, it reminiscent of exotic plants and creatures from the sea or science fiction.

The bracelet invites curiosity. How was it …


Object No.


Object Statement

Bracelet, acrylic / polyester / polyurethane foam / silver, designed and made by Peter Chang, Glasgow, Scotland, 2004

Physical Description

Doughnut-shaped plastic bracelet. The inside is decorated in pink and purple stripes overlaid with some scattered spots. The outside is green with spots in yellows and pinks, some raised. Projecting tentacles have been applied to the outside; some are striped, conical, wavy finials, others are multi armed forms, in bright colours and silver.


No marks



73 mm


215 mm


205 mm



The bracelet was designed and made by Peter Chang in Glasgow, Scotland in 2004. See below extracts of interview of Louise Mitchell, curator, with Peter Chang about process of making the piece Glasgow workshop:

LM: How many hours did the bracelet take to make? What other projects were you working on during the period it took to make the bracelet?

PC: When I work on an object, the time involved in the making becomes irrelevant, it is rare for me to concentrate on the actual making for as much as eight hours at a time, as the object develops, time in thought and time for reflection is required, as is time for re-drawing and in some cases re-making. Going from 2D to 3D poses their own different challenges, unlike the designer/maker, who finishes an object, exactly, according to the 2D design, for me the preliminary drawing is the point of departure.

The bracelet took approximately 246 hours, excluding time spent in drawing and contemplation, spread over a period of 10 months. I worked on another commission over that period in tandem.

LM: Is working with plastic dangerous? Smelly?

PC: Yes to both, it's not only the material itself with its fumes and dust but also the solvents and adhesives.

LM: Can you describe the process of making?

PC: Too numerous to list but as an example:- carving, lacquering, thermo-forming, inlaying, lathe-turning, laminating etc etc ...

LM: What sort of tools do you use?

PC: Jewellers and engineers hand tools including, band-saws, circular-saw, lathe, sanders, polishers and flexible shaft rotary drills.

email response 10 November 2004

"The Powerhouse bracelet core was made of carved polyurethane foam (bought), the surface was made of mainly pigmented polyester (bought) with inlays of red acrylic (bought) dots turned on a lathe with green polyester (cracked-ice patterned) mosaic shapes, fluorescent green acrylic sheet (bought) was laminated and also turned on a lathe and hand finished. The inner band was made of strips of purple and red acrylic (bought) heat formed and periodically interrupted with discs of green. The 4 tentacles were fabricated from alternative laminations of polyester and acrylic sheet, yellow, orange and 2 reds that were bought, 2 reds that were re-cycled, topped by a silver ball (bought). The 4 finials---- 1- hand-carved in green and pink fluorescent acrylic, 2- thermoformed hemisphere in acrylic (bought) with lathe turned acrylic appendages topped with shaped silver wire (bought), 3- thermoformed, laminated and carved acrylic (re-cycled from the centre of a discarded "o" from a sign-maker) red shape, surrounded by alternating green acrylic (supplied in an early sponsorship commission) shapes topped by silver wire, 4- base in thermoformed acrylic (bought) surmounted by a single bead (bought as part of a cheap, new necklace) further surrounded by dress-maker pin-heads (bought)"

email correspondence with curator dated 22 February 2005



Bracelet was commissioned by the Museum.


Credit Line

Purchased 2005

Acquisition Date

27 April 2005

Cite this Object


Plastic bracelet by Peter Chang 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 February 2023, <>


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