Yesterday I finished six copper cuffs, also known as my wonder woman bullet deflectors. These are one of my favorite finished products and one of the most labor intensive jewelry pieces that I make. I thought today I would share some of the process that goes into the making of my copper cuffs.
First, I begin with a sheet of 18 gauge copper. I cut the forms for my cuffs out of the sheet using my beloved jeweler’s saw.
I then file the edges using my hand file.
Next up is sanding the cuff to give it an even surface.
Then I use the rounded end of my ball peen hammer the give the entire surface an indentured texture.
I punch holes in the metal to later anchor a stone on the finished cuff. And then I form the cuff on my steel bracelet mandrel, beating it with a raw hide mallet.
The last part of finishing the cuff is anchoring a stone bead to the cuff using copper wire.
Then the cuffs are finished and ready to be placed on the display for sale.