Do you love fonts? I think fonts are incredibly fun; the font collection on my computer threatens to take over the hard drive.
On this 1-inch wide, heavy-gauge solid copper cuff bracelet, I acid-etched the word "Greyhound" using as many different fonts as I could fit on the metal. There are a few tiny greyhound pawprints thrown in as fillers too. I'll admit, there are a couple small spots on this bracelet where the etching isn't clear. So I attached some solid copper chains that fit over the surface to distract from the small imperfections. The chains made it even more interesting!
Dangling from the center of the chains is a cast bronze running greyhound style "D" charm. You can leave the cuff bracelet as is with just the one charm, or turn it into a full charm bracelet by adding more charms to the chains with jump rings.
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. I recommend putting any new cuff bracelet on and bending 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.
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!