Sunday, April 29, 2012

Handcrafted Bronze Bracelet

Handcrafted Bronze Bracelet by jpbeth

Handcrafted Bronze Bracelet, a photo by jpbeth on Flickr.
This was a fun project incorporating a bunch of metal smithing techniques. I started with a piece of bronze sheet which I metal etched. I drilled a hole in both the flower and the bronze sheet and attached them with a little screw and nut. Drilled four more holes in the bronze, two on each side. I annealed the metal to get soften it, formed in around a mandrel and then work hardened it. I made my own jump rings and soldered them closed and attached everything with wire wrapped green turquoise beads. I patined the whole thing with several different methods. The hand made bronze closure can fit into any of the four jump rings to fit any size wrist.


2 comments:

  1. Lovely work...the bronze is perfect with the green beads. So many techniques in there, too. I am finding the bronze wire so difficult to work with...even the jump rings seem to become hard very quickly. Are all your ring components bronze, too.

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  2. Hi Jenni, Thanks for the compliments. All the components are bronze too including the wire wrapping, the jump rings and the clasp. I didn't anneal the jump rings but I did anneal the clasp after balling each end. Annealing the wire made it a lot easier to work with. and I used MAPP for both balling the ends and annealing.

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