Wow, today was hard work! This is a slotted tab bracelet made of copper sheet. Each piece is individually hammer textured, cut out with a saw, and filed 5 times with successively smaller grain files / paper. Then the bracelet got a dark patina treatment and some time in the tumbler.
This is what the sheet looked like as I cut out the shapes. The main benefit of doing this bracelet was the cutting practice. I could already cut but there is a difference between knowing how to do something and mastering it. By the time I finished cutting out the last piece, I could feel a difference in my skill level. And for me, that's what March is all about.
As much as I hate repetition, I can't deny the importance of practice.
Check my March 1 post for details about the giveaway, and how you can enter.
3/8/2012 02:31:09 pm
The trick to sawing is to let the saw do the cutting. Push & Pull it but don't force it. I see its a delicate blade. If they get hot or stressed they warp. Easy does it Patience is the key.
3/9/2012 04:39:49 am
Not getting warm and fuzzies...this has the appearance of a bottle opener effect with rough edges....I do LOVE the impressions on each shape that gives it balance and unique design class.
3/9/2012 09:16:14 am
I think this one is really cool! Like a chain of stingrays following the leader.
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