The possibilities are endless once you have mastered the technique for making this easy stamped silver cuff bracelet. Using only a few simple tools, you can turn a plain piece of sterling silver sheet metal into a stunning bracelet that will wow your friends.
Things You'll Need
- Sterling silver sheet metal
- Steel block
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Purchase, or cut, a piece of 18-gauge sterling silver sheet metal 3/4 inch wide by 7 inches long.
File the edges of the metal until they are very smooth.
Place the sheet metal on a steel block. Using a ball peen hammer, stamp the letters with your design or message on the bracelet.
Form over bracelet mandrel using a plastic or rawhide mallet until you like the shape and it looks and feels like a bracelet. Using a plastic or rawhide mallet prevents you from marring the metal.
Using the ball end of a ball peen hammer or a bordering hammer, hammer the top edge of the bracelet to texture and thicken the metal. In addition to adding a nice decorative detail to your bracelet, hammering the edges of the bracelet will "harden" the metal so it will not lose shape when worn.
Turn the bracelet over and repeat for the bottom edge. File again to smooth if needed. Reshape over mandrel if needed.