How to Make Aluminum Memorial Bracelets

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How to Make Aluminum Memorial Bracelets
Wear a memorial bracelet in honour of those who have passed away. (Photos.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

An aluminium memorial bracelet is a cuff designed to be worn around the wrist in memoriam of a loved one. The bracelet features words, numbers and designs that relate to a person's life, such as their full name and date of birth. Store-bought aluminium bracelets can be professionally engraved with the memorial design, often for a high price. Create your own aluminium memorial bracelet for a fraction of the cost. All materials required to make the bracelet can be purchased from craft stores or online retailers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Thin aluminium plate (1-inch by 6-inches)
  • Jewellery hammer
  • Metal stamps
  • Paper
  • Wooden dowel (similar thickness to your wrist)
  • Clamp
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Small wooden block
  • Masking tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wrap the fine grit sandpaper around the small wooden block. Rub the block over the edges of the aluminium plate to remove any sharp or jagged edges.

  2. 2

    Draw your memorial design onto a piece of paper, sized as you would like it to appear on the bracelet. Include a short poem, quote, name, date of birth or several symbols.

  3. 3

    Place the piece of paper over the aluminium plate, with the design aligned over the centre of the bracelet. Stick the edge of the paper to the bracelet with a thin strip of masking tape.

  4. 4

    Select the correct metal stamp for your design. You can purchase metal stamp kits that have numbers and letters imprinted on them. Simply choose the correct letter or number for your bracelet design. Alternatively, use metal stamps that have curved or thin line stamp imprints that allow you to stamp any combination of numbers and letters onto the metal. To use a metal stamp, hold it over the paper with the stamp side facing down, in the exact position you would like it to be stamped onto the bracelet. Gently tap the end of the metal stamp with the jewellery hammer several times. Use this technique with other metal stamps until you have completed your design. Remove the masking tape and paper.

  5. 5

    Insert the wooden dowel into the clamp. Turn the handle of the clamp to hold the dowel temporarily in place. Hold one end of the bracelet over the edge of the dowel and pound it with the jewellery hammer to shape it around the dowel. Repeat with the other side until you have created a cuff shaped bracelet that fits around your wrist.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your fingers away from the middle of the clamp when turning the clamp handle.

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