Lady in Filigree Bracelet
Make a gift for yourself! Lovely, antique-look bracelet combines several intriguing tools and techniques in one project.
- Brass/copper or sterling silver sheet metal, 24-gauge
- Brass filigree piece with opening in center
- Brass stamping of lady
dull pencil, measuring tape, paper towels, metal bowl, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)
- 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
- 1. Size is 2-1/2"x7-1/2".
- 1. Use photo as placement guide.
- 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.
- 1. For a shabby chic look, drybrush raised areas of bracelet with white or pastel acrylic paint. Seal with varnish.
by Cindy Forrester