How to use aluminium cans as bracelet blanks

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How to use aluminium cans as bracelet blanks
Bracelet blanks are a good way to reuse cans that would otherwise be recycled. (Getty Creative)

Bracelet blanks are plain metal bands that you can decorate yourself. They are a staple in any jewellery maker's arsenal. Bracelet blanks for cuff bracelets are shaped in a semicircle with a small opening to slip around your wrist. These bracelets are often chunky or intricate. You can wear them on your wrist or upper arm. You can make your own cuff bracelet blanks easily at home. All you need are a few empty aluminium cans.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium drink can
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Steel wool
  • Rolling pin
  • Rubber hammer

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  1. 1

    Use a utility knife to puncture the aluminium can just below the rim. Use scissors to cut off the top. Do the same thing to remove the bottom.

  2. 2

    Use the scissors to cut a rectangular strip from the can. A standard soda can is 20 cm (8 inches) around, which will make a well-sized cuff for most people. Most cuff bracelets are 13 to 25 mm (0.5 inch to 1 inch) wide, but they can be as wide as 5 cm (2 inches). Round the corners of your cuff bracelet blank slightly, using the scissors.

  3. 3

    Rubs the edges of the metal with steel wool to eliminate sharp spots.

  4. 4

    Wrap the section of metal around a rolling pin. Tap it gently all around with a rubber hammer to help it hold the circular shape. Slide the cuff bracelet blank from the end of the rolling pin.

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