Metal cuff bracelets consist of a semicircle of metal that has an opening large enough to fit a wrist. Cuff bracelets can be simple or ornate, but the simplest version is merely a strip of metal bent to shape and polished to a shiny finish. Instead of paying for expensive cuff bracelets, you can make one yourself from simple sheet metal.
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Things you need
- Metal sheeting
- Metal shears
- Tape measure
- Bracelet mandrel
- Ball-peen hammer
- Scrap leather
- Rubber band
- Metal file
- Extra-fine sandpaper
- Polishing wheel
- Polishing compound
Cut the sheet metal to the width you want for your bracelet; between 1 and 4 inches will work. Measure the circumference of your wrist with the tape measure, and cut the length of the sheet metal to match the circumference of your wrist. The cuff will have space in it to let your wrist slip through, but matching the circumference of your wrist will let the cuff wear loosely. You can cut it shorter if you want it to fit more tightly.
Bend the sheet over the bracelet mandrel by tapping it with the ball-peen hammer. Work slowly and gently to get an even curve around the bracelet. Notice that your wrist is oval-shaped, not circular. Match the oval shape of your wrist; the middle section will be flatter and the end will be rounder. Leave room for your wrist to slip through between the ends of the bracelet. Wrap the leather scrap around the head of the hammer and secure it with a rubber band if you don't want hammer marks on your bracelet.
File any sharp edges on the metal, then smooth them out with sandpaper until they are as smooth as you want. You can round the edges to provide a more comfortable fit.
Polish the bracelet with the polishing wheel and polishing compound.
Tips and warnings
- Achieve a matt finish by polishing the metal with extra-fine steel wool instead of a polishing wheel.
- Use the rounded side of the ball-peen hammer without a leather covering to get a hammered metal look.
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