This bangle bracelet is made from 7-ish gauge round copper wire purchased from a hardware store. I LOVE taking a common material meant for something else entirely, and turning it into something completely different. The bangle is hammer textured on three sides with a smooth satin finish inside. It's a little over 4mm thick, which makes for a heavy but not bulky piece, and the opening is 2.5" wide.
I'm especially happy with this piece because in the past my failure rate soldering this heavy gauge copper was 100%. It would seem to solder but the joint always fell apart. Because of my recent practice, I actually began today's project very confident that it would work this time. And it was no problem at all! Yay.
One issue that I had previously was fitting the two ends together. Solder does not fill gaps, so the fit must be tight. I could never get them filed so that they perfectly matched with no gaps. Recently I learned to squeeze the two ends together and cut through the spot where they meet, to remove bumps and imperfections on each side (thank you Kristi Kloss / Cultural Arts Center, you are awesome.)
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