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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Hardware Store Bracelet
I was shopping at Home Depot for some paint and saw this refrigeration tubing. 10 feet for $8 It is pure copper with a diameter inside of 1/4 inch. Using a tubing cutter I cut a 7 inch length.
The cutter uses a wheel to compress and cut through the tubing as you rotate the cutter around the tubing and tighten the knob.
This tool leaves a smooth end that has a bevel.
I used a texture hammer to flatten and texture the tubing.
After annealing the tube with a torch I formed it to the oval mandrel.
Further hammer work to flatten the ends and sanding the ends smooth finishes the cuff. You could stop there or add any embellishment, color, polish or texture to complete your design.
I had this Stamping from www.bsueboutiques.com so I decided to rivet this to the bracelet. Using the Beadsmith EZ-rivet tool to punch the holes.
I finished off the rivets with a nail set and a hammer on my dapping block.
With the stamping mounted this project is done. I will revisit this tubing in future blog posts. It is a good cheap copper resource.