Judy Freyer Thompson's Articulated Copper Wire Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Riveting, Riveting Techniques, Wire Rivets. Four pieces of heavy copper wire are cold connected to form simple hinges for a sweet articulated bangle.
Articulated Copper Wire Bracelet
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Hole Punching, Riveting
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Four pieces of heavy copper wire are cold connected to form simple hinges for a sweet articulated bangle. Since the bangle hinges, it can be manipulated to fit over your hand and remain close fitting on your wrist. Slide a few large hole beads on the sections to add an interesting detail.

Materials

8 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-8D
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.61
  • Gold Club Price: $1.96
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Copper Sheet Metal - 24 Gauge - 6 x 3 Inches
SHT-C24.3-6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.47
  • Gold Club Price: $2.60
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12mm Copper Rivet - Pack of 25
A5-512
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.99
  • Gold Club Price: $1.49
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Tools

Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $31.97
  • Gold Club Price: $23.98
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Dead Blow Brass Hammer - 2 lb. Brass Hammer
HAM-456.20
  • HAM-456.20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $32.97
  • Gold Club Price: $24.73
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $23.98
  • Gold Club Price: $17.98
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Riveting Hammer
HAM-200.00
  • HAM-200.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.97
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20 pc. 61-80 Small Gauge Drill Bits
G26-60
  • G26-60
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Euro Tool Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.8 Millimeters
PLR-133.50
  • PLR-133.50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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7 Holes Metal Punch Kit- 2.38mm to 7.14mm - Pack of 1 Kit
G15-8
  • G15-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $41.97
  • Gold Club Price: $31.48
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Flex Shaft System, 1/4 Horsepower Motor
HDP-150.00
  • HDP-150.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $123.97
  • Gold Club Price: $92.98
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Ultra Flush Precision Cutter
PLR-470.00
  • PLR-470.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.97
  • Gold Club Price: $24.73
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
  • PUN-430.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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SANDING SPONGES ASST- 5PC- 1EA GRIT 100-400
ABR-600.90
  • ABR-600.90
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Optional Tools
Premium Steel Bracelet Mandrel - Oval
MAN-217.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $42.97
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the 400 grit sandpaper, clean the wire. Measure 2 ¼” sections on the wire and mark with the permanent marker.
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Step 2
Bend the wire around a soup can to achieve a gentle curve on the wire. The ends will overlap, but that is not a problem.
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Step 3
Cut the wire into four sections using the jewelers saw with a metal blade.
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Step 4
Pro Tip: **If you are using beads, this is the step in which you need to slide the beads onto the wires. Hammer one end, add the beads, and hammer the second end.
Smooth the ends using a metal file. Measure ¼” of an inch from the ends of the wires and mark with the permanent marker. Lay one wire on the steel bench block and flatten the end, to the mark using a heavy hammer, it will resemble a paddle. Flip the wire as needed to assure the sides are even. Repeat on both ends for the four wires.

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Step 5
File the paddle ends smooth. Mark the center of the paddles with a permanent marker. Using a centering punch and bench block, make a divot at the center mark.
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Step 6
Drill a hole at each divot using a #55 drill bit in a flexible shaft machine or pin vise. Remove any burrs from the drilled holes with a metal file.
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Step 7
To make the spacer washers, set up the 7 Holes Metal Punch with the ¼” punch and die and punch out four discs. Place the small discs on a piece of painters tape with the divot side facing up. Position the 1.8 mm punch at the divot on the disc and punch a hole. Repeat with remaining discs. Remove any burrs with a metal file.
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Step 8
Place a rivet through one hole on one wire, slide on a copper spacer washer, then slide a second wire on the rivet.
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Step 9
Position the assembly on a steel bench block, trim the rivet to approximately 1/16” with wire cutters. File the rivet flat using a metal file. Using a chasing or riveting hammer, hammer the shank of the rivet to set it. Be careful to not set it too tightly as that would restrict the movement. Repeat riveting with the remaining wires.
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