Friday, March 11, 2011

Make a Bracelet from a Plastic Box Handle

Before: box handle
This is a quick and easy project made from the handle of a box. Soften and form the plastic, drill holes and add findings for a chic new bracelet.

Materials
Box handle
After: Bracelet by GeltDesigns.com
16-gauge brass wire 

Tools
Automatic  center punch

Gather tools
Drill and drill bit
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Rawhide mallet
Steel block
Bail making pliers

Step 1
Gather your tools and equipment.

Step 2
Drill holes in plastic handle
Mark the plastic handle with an automatic center punch. Drill a hole in each side of the handle.

Step 3
Place the plastic handle in very warm (but not boiling) water and shape the plastic until it takes the form of a cuff bracelet.

Step 4
Use the bail making pliers to create a heavy "S" clasp using the 16-gauge brass wire. Cut off excess wire using the wire cutters. File the ends of the wire smooth using a cup bur, needle file or sandpaper.

Bracelet by GeltDesigns.com
Step 5
Place the formed wire clasp on the steel block and hit the clasp with the rawhide mallet to harden the metal and prevent the clasp from becoming misshapen.


Step 6
Feed the formed clasp through the drilled holes.

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Make a Bracelet from a Handle
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Found materials: box handle
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