Hammered and Riveted Cuff Bracelet

January 20, 2015

Hammered Riveted Cuff

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Tools needed, links below.


Material needed, links below.


Additional supplies, links below.

Additional Supplies:


Use the ball pein hammer to add a hammered texture to the copper sheet metal.

The hammering texture should fill in the space.

You can leave a little of the center without texture if you want, since the brass sheet will cover this part.

Using your metal shears cut a strip of the fancy textured brass sheet metal off. Cut it about 3/4 inch in width by 4 inches in length (that is the length the metal is sold in).

If you want, make a line with a permanent marker where you want to cut the metal.

Now you have the two pieces for the bracelet!

File the corners of the copper piece so they are rounded and not sharp.

Round off the corners on the brass sheet as well. A good file really makes all the difference here!

After you have filed both pieces, center the brass piece on the copper piece. Tape them together, and make three marks with a permanent marker like below. One in the center, and one on each end of the brass.

Use the hole punching side of the riveting tool to make three holes where you have marked.

Use the riveting side to rivet the pieces together at these three points. It is really easy to use. Put the smooth end of the rivet (the end that looks like a nail head) on the brass side. The rivet will sit in the bottom of the tool, and when you turn the handle, the tool will smash the metal down, connecting the two pieces.

This is what it will look like from the front after it is riveted.

Here is what is looks like after you rivet all three holes.

Now dip the piece in the Novacan Black to antique the metal. It will turn black like this. Rinse it with water, and dry it off.

Use the sanding sponge to take off the top layer of patina, leaving black in the crevices.

Polish the metal to make is shine with the polishing pads.

Using the bracelet bending pliers, slowly start shaping the bracelet.

Use the pliers to bend the ends around. Go back over the bracelet with the pliers until you can get the shape smooth.

It will take a little time and a little patience to get it just how you like it.

Completed bracelet! The last step is to seal the metal, if you want. If you have any sensitivity to copper, I recommend this step. Using the resin spray, just give the bracelet a quick spray. I only seal the inside of the bracelet, but you can seal the front/outside too if you want. Just know that where you have sealed the metal, it will not naturally patina. It will stay as is.

Well I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I love this bracelet! I think is has a slightly country western, shabby chic look to it. And you could definitely change the feel of it by changing out to one of our other textured brass sheets as well. If you like playing with sheet metal, check out these other projects below!   ~Tiffany

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  • Stuart January 23, 2015 at 4:24 am

    This is a really cool blog, I have been thinking of this type of design for a while, Would love to use swirly designs with personalization and mixing metals. I shall have to read the blog about riveting.

    • Tiffany-at-Rings-Things January 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you! The riveting tool makes it so easy! One side makes the holes in the metal and the other side rivets them together. It you are wanting to play around with it, I recommend getting a variety pack of the 1/16″ rivets in your choice of finish. Depending on how thick and how many layers of metal you are riveting, you need different length. Here is the link to the blog about the riveting tool, http://www.rings-things.com/blog/2013/07/22/best-riveting-tool-set/#.VMKeVSxA-Uk.