Making a Copper Etched Cuff Bracelet

Making a Copper Etched Cuff Bracelet


 

Step by Step: Making a Copper Etched Cuff BraceletRevision Date:

4-12-13STEP BY STEP COPPER ETCHED CUFF BRACELETUsing PnP Blue and now StazOn and Rubber Stamps I will keep updating this step by step as I learn new things and improvementsSTEP 1Get yourself some 18g Copper  or an 18g copper blanksizing is dependant upon your wrist size.Standard  length sizes  – 6″ for Small    6.5″ for Medium  and 7″ for largeFor my sample its 6.5″My copper blank is 18g   1″ wide by 6.5″ longIf you cant get locally then Metalliferous in NY has them pre cut and for sale at a very reasonable price STEP 2I want to make the bracelet comfortable and not have sharp corners so I take my metal shears and nip the corners.  Since copper is very soft its very easy to cut.You can cut the cornersOr you can just file the corners – this is faster – but if you want a deep angle corner its just as easy to cut and file.  I did some with cut corners and some with just filing the corners of the copper- you do not have to be exact as you can file to correct an over cut.STEP 3With the corners cut I want to smooth them out.  I use a large file.  You do  not have to apply much pressure as again the copper is soft.  Gently start to file the corers – follow the length of the blank and start to smooth the corners.  Apply a little pressure and smooth.  Use the file to file the edges and top.watch your fingers – you may accidently over file and hit a finger – best way is to put one of those leather finger guards on or that self sticking material (like 3m vetwrap) on the fingers just to save them from that extra hit by the file I now use a Foredom Bench Motor to buff off the burs and clean up the copper edges – using a fibre wheel – works wonders and makes the edges crisp and clean see how nice and smooth and clean the edges are STEP 4Take some steel wool I like 0000 but all I could find this week was 000 which will work just fine.  Work the edges and surface of the copper.  You will notice the steel wool takes any burs and sharp edges off the blank and shines and cleans the surface.when all finished they are ready for putting the etch resist on I like to make quite a few up and then start to put the etch resist on STEP 5 –  I will repeat step five below but using StazOn Stamp Pad and Rubber StampsPrepare your PnP Etching paper with your design.  In my case I have my Zentangle patternsSTEP 6Put your PnP blue resist- face up on a cutting mat or something similar.  Place your blank on the design and cut around it.You do not have to do it this way – but I find if I have less overhang – I have more control over the resist when applying .STEP 7Take some windex and clean one side of the blank. ( you can clean the whole thing but we will do that again later)  Try not to put your fingers on the side your going to apply the PnP resist.  Oils from your fingers can affect the adhesionSTEP 8Take your cut out PnP and lay it face down on the cleaned side of the blank.as you can see I have finger prints on the metal – I would clean with windex or buff again with my steel wool very little or no overhang.  More control on the resist STEP 9Some people like to take a sheet of paper or a thin cloth between the iron and the PnP resistI’ve done both – I find a sheet of unwaxed wax paper works the best for me it keeps it from melting the plastic and gives a little more control when using the iron.  I  use the max on the iron (before I was almost at high but found after trial and error that the high worked best with this iron)What I have is an inexpensive Black and Decker iron that I bought just for this purpose. That way I dont have any build up of iron sprays etc..Apply the iron  and hold down and heat up. I let it sit for about 45 seconds,  Go over it for a few minutes.  I rub the edges etc… and watch where the holes are in the iron and they may not have enough pressure ifyou just sit it down on the piece.   Once complete put to the side to coolSTEP 10- very importantDo not remove PnP resist until it is completely cooled.Once cooled remove.The New toy – Heat Press – used for making T-shirts but great for doing multiple quantities at a time of pressing the PnP blue onto the bracelet blank.  I got mine from a place local to me for under 300.00 Sign Supply Canada6635 Kitimat Rd, Unit 42Mississauga, ON L5N6J2Phone#: 905-608-2680http://www.signsupplycanada.comI love using it – I have it down pretty good on time and pressure – max pressure set and then I put sheets of the unwaxed paper on top – the metal tends to not be perfectly flat so there are high and low points.  The bottom of the unit is rubber so it does sink in – but the extra paper ensure coverage – so full pressure and about 3 minutes does it.as you can see in the picture these are the 1″ bracelet blanks (6″ long) and I could fill this up at least two dozen at a time – the 1/2″ at least  4 dozen  If you have applied properly the areas that were black will have transfered to the Blank and be blue.  I f there are areas

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