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Extract from Silver Clay Workshop • By Melanie Blaikie • Published by GMC Distribution

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Silver Clay Workshop
It’s not easy to make a bracelet without using lots of clay but this lovely project achieves it with just one 10g pack! The ‘coins’ are cut from a sheet of clay with circular, mini-cookie cutters. These are widely available from craft and cake-decorating shops and are definitely worth the investment.

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  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lightly oil a playing card; this will be your work surface. Stack five playing cards on either side of the work surface and roll the silver clay to a flat, even layer.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use the cutter to cut out as many rounds as possible. You should be able to pick up and peel away the excess clay from around the circles without disturbing the ‘coins’.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Combine the scraps from step two, oil a fresh playing card and re-roll them between two stacks of five cards, as in step one. The texture of the clay will be slightly less smooth this time but don’t worry about fine lines or an uneven surface texture – it adds to the character of your coins! Re-roll the scraps again until there is no clay left. I made eight coins from my 10g pack of silver clay.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully remove the coins from their cards and move them on to the side of a mug to dry. This gives the coins a gentle curve so the finished bracelet fits more comfortably around the wrist. With a cocktail stick, first mark and then create the small holes for the rings that will later join the coins. When the coins are completely dry, they will slip easily off the surface of the mug.

    To pick a clay shape up from the card without distorting its shape, gently bend the playing card backwards and the edge of the clay will lift enough to allow you to carefully remove it from the card.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 5
    Step 5

    When dry, the clay has a dry, chalky feel and is very brittle. Working very carefully, gently file around each coin with the emery board to smooth any rough or uneven edges.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fire the coins using your preferred method. I used a camping-gas stove so I could fire them all at once!

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Vigorously brush the coins with your wire brush to bring up a satiny, silver shine. I could burnish or polish the coins at this stage but I’ve decided not to because I really like the contrast with the polished rings when the bracelet is made up.

  • How to make a metal bracelet. Coin Bracelet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Use pliers to join the coins with jump rings. Then add as many extra rings as you need to make your bracelet the correct length before adding the clasp.

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