Lady in Filigree Bracelet


Make a gift for yourself! Lovely, antique-look bracelet combines several intriguing tools and techniques in one project.

Materials

  • Brass/copper or sterling silver sheet metal, 24-gauge
  • Brass filigree piece with opening in center
  • Brass stamping of lady

Basic Supplies

dull pencil, measuring tape, paper towels, metal bowl, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Tools

  • Bracelet mandrel
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tin snips
  • Metal file
  • Butane torch
  • Hemostat locking tweezers
  • Copper tongs
  • Solderite Soldering Board
  • Medium silver solder paste
  • Pickle solution and pickle pot or small crock pot
  • Black Max Antiquing Solution
  • Brass brush
  • Fine steel wool

Directions

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 2-1/2"x7-1/2".
  • Note
  • 1. Use photo as placement guide.
  • Bracelet
  • 1. Mark desired cuff length and width on metal sheet using dull pencil. Use tin snips to cut out metal. (Note: Remove protective plastic coating from metal.) File edges smooth.
  • 2. Fill metal bowl with water.
  • 3. To anneal (soften) metal, use butane torch to heat until metal becomes a dull red, then quench metal in water. Put metal in pickle pot with copper tongs to clean. Remove from pickle pot and dip in water to remove pickle solution.
  • 4. Once metal is annealed, use rubber mallet to shape it around mandrel to fit wrist.
  • 5. Place shaped bracelet on soldering board, then solder on lady stamp. Solder filigree piece on top of lady.
  • 6. Pickle again to clean. Use brass brush to remove white residue.
  • 7. Apply antiquing solution with paper towels. Highlight with fine steel wool.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a shabby chic look, drybrush raised areas of bracelet with white or pastel acrylic paint. Seal with varnish.

by Cindy Forrester

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