Hammered Copper Bracelet
- Riogrande.com: copper sheet, 24-gauge; copper wire, 16-gauge, 8” length
- Antique copper chain, 3” length
- Antique copper toggle clasp
- Swanstrom Disc Cutter and Center-Positioning Circle Die Set
- Midas Black/Brown Copper Patina
- Brass mallet, cross-peen hammer, steel bench block, large bastard cut mill file, wood dapping block and punch set, mandrel or dowel, heavy-duty wire cutters, chain-nose pliers
- Fiskars 1/16” Hole Punch
- Wet/dry sandpaper, 600 grit, 2”x3”
fine-point permanent pen or marker
- Following manufacturer’s instructions, use Swanstrom Disc Cutter, center-positioning dies, and brass mallet to create three 1-1/4” copper washers. See Photo 1.
- Place first washer on top of steel bench block. Use cross-peen hammer to strike overlapping stripes into top surface of washer. Repeat for additional two washers. See Photo 2.
- Use hole punch or small drill bit to punch hole in each side of one washer. See Photo 3.
- Use fine-point pen or marker to mark second and third washers. See Photo 4. Repeat Step 3 using marks as guideline.
- Use large file to file down back of washer if there are metal burrs, or sharp areas. See Photo 5.
- Use wood dapping block, punch, and brass mallet to gently dome textured copper. Place washer texture side down in bottom of large dapping circle. Position punch on top of washer and tap back end of punch with brass mallet to gently form washer. (Note: Use wooden dapping set to gently form textured metal without marring textured face of metal you are forming.) See Photo 6. Repeat on remaining washers. Set washers aside.
- Wrap copper wire around mandrel or dowel. (Note: Designer is using metal dapping punch.) See Photo 7.
- Remove wrapped wire coil from mandrel. Use wire cutters to cut coil into large jump rings. See Photo 8. Use file as needed to make ends of jump rings flush (to lay flat together).
- Place all copper pieces in patina solution. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to allow patina to build color onto pieces. See Photo 9.
- Remove pieces from patina; let dry. Use small piece of sandpaper to gently buff off color from raised surfaces of each washer and jump ring. See Photo 10. (Note: Buffing off patina from raised surfaces will highlight texture that was hammered into washers.) See Photo 11.
- Use chain-nose pliers to open jump rings. Attach washers together using jump ring between each washer. Use jump ring to attach 1-1/2”-long chain lengths to each end of linked washers. Open link at end of each chain to attach toggle clasp.
- 1. Adjust length of bracelet by adjusting length of chain added to each end of linked washers. Instead of using disc cutter machine and copper sheets, purchase pre-stamped copper washers available online at www.etsy.com.