Copper and brass bracelet design challenge results

August 8, 2011

So simple, yet so fun! 6″ long, 1/4 and 1/2″ wide strips to make all kinds of jewelry with.

In July, we sent ten of our blog partners sample packs of our new 24-gauge metal bracelet strips. With summer in full swing, it isn’t surprising that not everyone completed projects (at least not yet) … but the WOW, those who did really brought their A-game!

Textured, layered and beaded cuff bracelets by Helena.

Helena Fritz hammered, riveted and even bead-weaved her way to an armful of gorgeous bangle bracelets – her lovely blog has more photos. Helena specializes in beadwork, which makes her first attempt at metalwork even more impressive.

Carole shows her polymer prowess.

Carole Carlson stepped out of her comfort zone and into the world of polymer clay with these fun bracelets. She found that the copper was easier to work with than the brass, which makes sense since it is a softer metal. Check out her blog for more info.

Just one of the bright and bold bracelets Carolyn created.

Carolyn Fiene also used polymer clay, but she preferred the brass as a base. Even though it is harder to form, she felt is held its shape better. Link to her blog showing other designs that combine chain and bezel cups with polymer coming soon.

Layers of “ruffled” metal dress up Jan’s brass cuff.

Jan O’Banion made several great designs by layering different elements onto the bracelets. She used recycled tins to make flowers on the “Trashy Tinsel” bracelet above. Visit her blog to get a peek inside her creative world.

1/2″ wide copper forms the base of this lampwork glass ring by Lubica.

Lubica Vinicenko used the strips as the base of some truly elaborate rings. You can see more pictures at her blog.

As you can see, these metal “bracelet” strips are extremely versatile and fun to experiment with. Am I the only one surprised to see polymer clay and seed beads combined with sheet metal?

The back of my layered stamped bracelet. I curved short strips with my wood dapping set to make the matching earrings.

I’ve been having a blast stamping and texturing them. You can see the front of – and how I made – the “Earth Laughs in Flowers” bracelet in our design gallery. Texturing metal with
brass texture sheets is great stress relief, I must say!

Although July is already behind us, we’re always happy to see and share what you create. Be sure to send us some photos of what you make with these metal strips! ~ Cindy

PS – Molly Alexander posted her etching and mixed metal results to a photostream on Flickr – be sure to check them out!

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  • Molly Alexander August 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

    What beautiful designs! I was lucky enough to be one of the blog partners chosen for this challenge as well, and e-mailed links to my photos last month. Here is the link:
    Thanks so much for including me in this fun challenge!
    🙂 Molly

    • Cindy August 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Molly! My apologies for not including you…your email must have gotten mixed up on our end somehow. Love, love love your etched and enameled designs! So inspiring!

  • Noryan - RnT Buyer August 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Those Etching are really cool Molly. I also really like how you chose to connect those pieces to make the cuff out of several strips. The blue enameled filigree ring is probably my favorite.

  • Barb August 11, 2011 at 3:47 am

    This method of hammering copper on textured brass plates is new to me. Can it be done with other metals, or just copper? I don’t have a rolling mill (yet!), so this excites me! I take it you hammer the copper side, and not the brass side?

    • Cindy August 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

      Hi Barb! Yes, you just tape the metal you want to texture onto the patterned brass sheet and hammer away on the copper (or aluminum, or sterling, or even brass – if it is annealed to make it softer than the patterned sheet). I will post some pictures of the process next week.

      • Barb August 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

        Yay! Can’t way to see that and try it too. Thanks so much for the reply Cindy.