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Rolled Edge Forged Cuff Bracelet

(registration instructions below)

Work out some aggression while you hammer this fabulous cuff bracelet! Normally, a cuff like this requires a heavy duty vise mounted on a workbench fitted with a bracelet mandrel.  But in true JCWJ form, I will show you how to achieve it with just portable hand tools.  I will also provide a formula for the elusive perfect size based on your actual wrist measurement, allowing an opening large enough to put it on, yet make it feel secure once it is in place.  This is very important since the rolled edge provides a very sturdy structure that doesn’t allow you to “pinch” it in place.  You can also add an antique patina if you desire.

Discipline:  Forming

The manipulation of sheet and/or wire to form a desired shape.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

This is a great skills class to learn how to form a cuff bracelet as well as how to flare the edge of sheet with a forming hammer.

Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $65/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials: (standard size is a $75 kit) Please let me know in advance if the wrist you are making the cuff  for measures more than 6.75″ around as you will need a larger blank to make your cuff!

  • (1) 2″ x approximately 6″ piece of 20ga silver sheet

Tools:   (please inquire about tool rental if you are not equipped)

  • Jewelry grade file (Swiss cut #4 half-round recommended)
  • metal shears
  • Embossing hammer (or other texture hammer)
  • Steel block and silencing pad
  • Pear-shaped plastic forming hammer
  • 3M Sanding sponges (fine, superfine, ultrafine, and microfine)
  • Slurry coated polishing cloths (360-4000 grit)
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be provided for your use in class (please feel free to bring them if you have them):

  • rubber cement
  • scissors
  • Cindy Moore’s bracelet bending tool
  • vise
  • double-sided velcro
  • propane torch
  • basic soldering set-up

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.