Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Good evening! Thank you for joining us for the seventh class today. Lindsay from ShrimpSaladCircus – is a talented lovely lady who has many talents! She has a wide variety of interests. She shares her life and tutorials on her ShrimpSaladCircus blog. Lindsay shares with us how to make a skinny copper dangle bangle.
- Materials Used
Thick copper wire
Wire cutter pliers
Bench block (or very dense, hard surface)
- Tutorial Directions
Cut a length of the copper wire. You can use a bangle you already own as a guide to know how much to cut.With an end centered over the bench block, hammer it like crazy on both sides until it’s almost completely flat. Hammer the very ends super flat, and then less and less toward the center. Only hammer the first half-inch, and then repeat on the other end.
I used a steel bracelet mandrel to shape the wire into a bracelet. They come in round or oval, but I prefer oval because it fits the natural curve of the wrist. Keep one of your hammered ends center under the mandrel, and then slowly twist the wire around the entire way.
Beginning just after the first hammered end, lightly tap the wire onto the mandrel. Try not to re-hammer the ends, or they could become brittle and snap off. Make your way all the way around once, and then you can repeat the process as many times as you like to achieve the level of hammered finish you want. I share a picture in this post of the difference between “lightly hammered” and “hammered like crazy.”
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Thanks for stopping by for Lindsay’s making a skinny copper dangle bangle! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.