The ancient Egyptians may not have worn much in the way of clothing, but they loved jewellery and body ornaments. The upper classes, especially, enjoyed adorning themselves from head to toe with jewels, enamel beads and golden trinkets. Whether you're dressing for a retelling of "Cleopatra," or for Halloween, you must have at least one piece of jewellery. One of the simplest projects is a cuff bracelet. Egyptians often wore wide, thick metal bracelets inscribed with their names and personal symbols.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Thin cardboard (e.g., cereal box, gift box)
- Aluminium tape
- Ballpoint pen
- Gold patina paste
Measure around your arm about 4 inches above your wrist. Add about 1/2 inch to that measurement. For instance, if your arm measures 4 1/2 inches around, your final measurement is 5 inches.
Cut out a piece of thin cardboard 4 inches wide and as long as your final measurement (5 inches, in this case). Cover one side of the cardboard in aluminium tape, wrapping the tape around the edges.
Flip the flat bracelet over so you can see the bare cardboard. Lightly sketch Egyptian designs on the cardboard in pencil. You may use hieroglyphs to spell your name or use symbols like eyes, pyramids and snakes.
Trace over your designs with a ballpoint pen, pressing hard. When you flip the bracelet back over, you should see your design in raised relief on the aluminium tape. Use the pen as a stylus to achieve this.
Rub the aluminium side of the bracelet lightly with gold patina paste. The paste will cling more heavily to the raised parts of the design, creating depth and texture. Let the paste dry overnight.
Curl the bracelet into a tube and secure the edges with more aluminium tape. Rub the extra tape with paste, and let it dry for at least an hour.
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