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Metal stamped cuff from flat wire
I know I'm probably about 5 years too late to this trend but hey, better late than never right? Despite being a beginner (I don't use that term lightly, I started like a week ago), I thought that maybe a 'For beginners, by beginners' type of tutorial would be useful for some people.

I have a more detailed version on my blog where I also elaborate about the materials and where to get them so check that out if you're interested

http://thepotatolarcenist.blogspot.sg/2013/12/metal-stamping-game-is-afoot.html (I can't seem to get it to work in the promotion bar :/)

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  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials
    -Metal stamps
    -Hammer
    -Flat Wire (Mine's 5x1mm)
    -Hard surface to stamp on/ Bench Block
    -Permanent Marker
    -Masking Tape

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 2
    Step 2

    Additional Materials for flat wire
    -Wire cutter
    -File
    -Sand paper (400 grit)
    -Nail buffer

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 3
    Step 3

    For a cuff, take the exact measurement of your wrist and subtract 1/2 an inch. That will be the amount of flat wire needed. So since my wrist is 5.5inches, my wire needs to be 5 inches

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 4
    Step 4

    Mark the middle of your cuff

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 5
    Step 5

    Decide on your phrase and number each character, including spacing, to find the middle of your phrase. This is where the previously marked center should be

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 6
    Step 6

    Lay out your stamps. I prefer to start with the second half of the phrase. If you start from the first half, start from the last letter of the first half ('I' for me) and go backwards.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stamp away! It's hard to see in the photo but you should be able to see the reflection of the metal stamp in the metal. Use that reflection to guide you when you stamp.

    Use masking tape or any tape really to make sure you stamp in a straight line.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 8
    Step 8

    This is what it should look like when it's done!

    If you're curious, since I didn't buy a punctuation set, I improvised with a 1.4mm flat screwdriver as the apostrophe in "I've"

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 9
    Step 9

    Ink up your letters! If you prefer how it looks au naturel, then great! But if you want your characters to stand out more, then you're gonna have to use a permanent marker to colour them in. Just make sure that you get ink into all the grooves

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 10
    Step 10

    Inked

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 11
    Step 11

    Use a tissue or a damp rag to wipe off the excess ink .

    Most people use a sharpie but I find that sharpie ink is harder to get out. I used Cretacolor and this ink comes off with a tissue paper. I will admit that Sharpie's ink pops better though.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 12
    Step 12

    Cleaned

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 13
    Step 13

    Since flat wire has to be manually cut, the edges are usually a little sharp and stabby. So the edges need to be rounded

    Start by snipping off the 90 edges

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 14
    Step 14

    Round the edges by filing it in the depicted motion. I suggest holding your file in place and moving the flat wire against it.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 15
    Step 15

    When you're done, it should look like this

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 16
    Step 16

    This is optional but I find that filing this edge makes it less scratchy when the cuff is slid onto the wrist.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 17
    Step 17

    To make it smoother, sand it on 400 grit sand paper. Don't forget the edge that was filed in the previous step.

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 18
    Step 18

    Lastly, buff it until it's shiny

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 19
    Step 19

    Shiny!

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now, it's shaping the cuff. You could use a bracelet mandrel or nylon jaw bending pliers but those are about $15 and $20 respectively ie out of my price range.

    First, wrap it around anything cylindrical to get the C shape in the second picture. Then hold it as depicted and apply pressure with your thumbs

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 21
    Step 21

    And you should get this shape!

  • How to stamp a stamped metal bracelet. Metal Stamped Cuff - Step 22
    Step 22

    And voila, you're done! Now show off your bracelet to the world

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PineconePrincess
PineconePrincess · Roseburg, Oregon, US · 19 projects
a psych and hobbit quote in 1 how to? I think yes
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joma S.
joma S.
Lovely
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Berryfree
Berryfree · Smyrna, Georgia, US
I've used the masking tape on the pliers trick in the past and found that depending on the materials you're working with.. the masking tape tends to wear quite quickly. Also, I've sometimes had the marks from the pliers still show on the metal when I've applied really hard pressure. I switched to duct tape and ,,so far,, seems to work tons better. Not only is it proving to last a lot longer but since it's thicker I don't have to worry so much about plier marks when using a lot of pressure.
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Elentine
Elentine · Hasselt, Flanders, BE · 7 projects
Instead of nylon jaw pliers, you can wrap some masking tape around regular flat nose pliers, if you have them. That way you don't mark the metal but it's easier to put some pressure on than with your hands Happy
Thepotatolarcenist
Thepotatolarcenist · 2 projects
That's a really good idea, thank you so much! I was actually referring to nylon jaw bending pliers that have these curved nylon pieces specifically for getting metals in a curved shape (i'm sorry, i'm bad at descriptions. A google search could help). The masking tape tip is still highly relevant for all my wire work projects though. I don't know how many times I've ruined something with nasty pliers marks all over the wire. Thanks for sharing! Happy
Elentine
Elentine · Hasselt, Flanders, BE · 7 projects
Ha I didn't even know those existed, guess we both learned something new today Happy
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Maya
Maya
They look great. Happy Thanks for the tutorial; I like this kind of bracelet, but didn't think I could make one.
Thepotatolarcenist
Thepotatolarcenist · 2 projects
Thanks! Yeah, they turned out to be surprisingly easy.
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CO + K User

so cool ! Can you give me the name of your blog ? The link doesn't work...
Thepotatolarcenist
Thepotatolarcenist · 2 projects
Oh gosh, I'm sorry, can't seem to get it to work properly hmm. Anyway, it's thepotatolarcenist.blogspot.com Happy

CO + K User

Thank you ! It's to bad I live in France because shipping is so expensive...
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