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Extract from Metalwork Jewelry • By Linda Peterson • Published by CICO Books

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Metalwork Jewelry
The ideal design for the man in your life, this heavy copper bangle features wrapped wire, a washer, and imitation rivets so it couldn’t be more masculine. However, the simple design is also very stylish and effective and will be sure to catch the eye of the most sophisticated man-about-town.

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© 2018 Linda Peterson / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Metalwork Jewelry by Linda Peterson, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography © CICO Books
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  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 1
    Step 1

    Hammer both ends of the copper tubing flat and then round off the ends neatly with a file.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 2
    Step 2

    Drill two holes in line with each other through one of the flattened ends. Repeat at the other end of the tubing.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Insert a very tiny screw into each of the four drilled holes in the tubing.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut off any excess length of screw on the reverse side, so that the ends are flush with the surface. Use eye protection when using the cutting disk.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 5
    Step 5

    Hammer the end of each screw on the reverse side to flatten it slightly and prevent it from falling out.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 6
    Step 6

    File off any burrs so that the reverse of the bracelet is smooth.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 7
    Step 7

    Shape the tubing into a bracelet with your hands, bringing the ends together and overlapping them by the diameter of the washer. Use the bracelet mandrel to achieve the size if necessary.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Anneal the washer with the butane torch.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 9
    Step 9

    Drop the washer into the pickle solution. Remove and hammer the surface to texture it. Drill a series of holes around the washer. Place a short length of aluminum wire in each hole and hammer flat to create the look of rivets.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 10
    Step 10

    Set the washer between the two ends of the bracelet. Apply flux to the areas and add solder chips. Heat with the torch to solder. Pickle the bracelet to clean it up again.

  • How to make a bangle. Copper Bangle - Step 11
    Step 11

    Wrap a length of aluminum wire around the back section of the bracelet for extra embellishment. Reshape the around the mandrel, if necessary. Apply some liver of sulfur to highlight the textured areas.

    Tip The sizes given will create a bracelet to fit a standard 7-in. (17.5-cm) wrist—use a longer piece of tubing for a larger wrist, or a shorter piece for a smaller one.

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