|Before: Box of Copper Washers|
Today, we made a bracelet from sterling silver wire and copper washers. The bracelet sways as I wear it. I love the result. Bling without the ca-ching.
27 1/4-inch copper washers
18-gauge sterling silver half-hard round wire
Sterling silver tube clasp
|After: Sterling & Copper Bracelet by GeltDesigns.com|
Doming block and dapping punches
Round nose pliers or 3-Step wire looping pliers
Chain nose or bent nose pliers
Wire rounder or needle file
Wire side cutters or flush cutters
Gather your tools and materials. Arrange the copper washers in the order you want. Measure the washers to determine the amount you will need for the size bracelet you want to create.
|Form the copper washers|
Form the washers. Use your doming block and a hammer to form the washers.
Make the links for join the washers. We used 18-gauge round sterling silver wire to create "S" links to join the washers.
|Attach washers to the clasp|
Assemble the bracelet. We began by linking three washers to one end of the sterling silver tube clasp.
|Add first chain|
|Add second chain|
|Add third chain|
Add the clasp to the other end of the bracelet and secure the three chains together.
Check all links to be sure there are no sharp edges and all the links are secure. Sand and file as needed to remove sharp edges. Use your pliers to close any gaps in links. If we had made the bracelet from gold or all sterling we would have soldered the links closed, but we skipped soldering for this bracelet.
Sign your jewelry (optional). We use a stamp to sign all our jewelry, but there are many techniques you can use to sign your jewelry, if you so desire.
|After: Sterling & Copper Washer Bracelet by GeltDesigns.com|
Tumble the bracelet. Tumbling will harden the both washers and sterling silver wire to make the bracelet more durable. Tumbling will also burnish the copper and silver and make the bracelet shiny.
Make a Bib Necklace from Washers
Make Your Own Washers
How to Create a Blue Patina on Copper
How to Dome Metal
Make Your Own "S" Chain
Make a Bracelet from Steel Wire
|Boxed Sterling & Copper Washer Bracelet by GeltDesigns.com|
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Day 44. Month 3. Jewelry from Found Objects.
Found materials: copper washers
New Jewelry a Day.