The Wiccan blessing "blessed be" was cut into this cuff bracelet entirely by hand, using a jeweler's saw and very fine saw blades. It took approximately four hours to do all the layout, drilling, sawing, filing and hand sanding. It was created from a sheet of solid 16 gauge copper sheet metal that was hammered into a curved cuff after all the other handwork was complete. The last photo in the set shows what it looked like before it was bent into a cuff bracelet.
This cuff is adjustable to fit most wrist sizes. Continued bending of any cuff bracelet, no matter what metal it is made of, will eventually cause the metal to crack. When putting any new cuff bracelet on for the first time, gently bend it until it fits comfortably. After it has been adjusted to fit, never bend it again--instead, take it off and put it on by twisting the bracelet around the wrist until the opening can slip off over the narrowest area of the wrist.
This bracelet has not been coated with anything. Copper will naturally develop a darker patina over time. If this darker color isn't to your liking, it can be easily cleaned by washing it with soap and water to remove skin oil, then soaking it briefly in a bowl of plain household vinegar. The vinegar should quickly make it bright and shiny again. Rinse it well, and dry it with paper towels. If it's still not as bright as you'd like, then rub it gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Welcome to Feathered Gems on Zibbet.
Here you will find jewelry delights that celebrate the beauty of the greyhound, and other animal charms as well.
But as I also sew, lathe turn pens, cut cabochon stones, crochet, and work with glass, you might find just about anything here. So stay tuned!