Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter, Metalwork. Stamping, Stamps. We begin embellishing our Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet in this tutorial.
Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Stamping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
We begin embellishing our Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet in this tutorial. We'll cover several techniques for decorating the links in this, and subsequent lessons.

Materials

26 Gauge 0.016 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x6 Inch
MET-705.26
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Tools

Designer Stamp Set--1/8 Lowercase Block Letter Set
PUN-205.90
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Verona Alphabet Stamp Set, Upper Case, 2mm, 27 Piece Set
PUN-735.00
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
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Brass Hammer - 1 Pound
HAM-456.10
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Xuron Sheer - Non Serrated
SHR-691.81
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Steel Brush
BRS-967.00
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
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Tweezer Utility Set
TWZ-700.00
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Basic Soldering Kit
G15-4
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the directions before beginning. Note: Save all the metal scraps, no matter how tiny, for the last project.
Scale the design template up so that the top left link (HOPE) is 5/8" wide and 1" long. The templates between the two rows are sized to fit the 1" and ¾" links. Turn the templates into stickers. If a disc cutter is not available, make a ½" circle sticker as well as a small heart for the heart link and a ¼" circle sticker for the smallest link. Note: I only have five word stamps so that determined the number of links I made.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 2
Attach the oval and circles (if needed) stickers to a piece of textured 24 or 26 gauge copper sheet. Attach the small heart to a piece of silver or nickel silver 24 or 26 gauge sheet. Flatten all the pieces after cutting and refining the edges.
Step 3
Cut the heart, ovals, and circles out. Sand and refine the cut edges of the pieces.
Step 4
If a disc cutter is available, use an ultra fine point retractable Sharpie to draw a ¾" square on the textured copper sheet. Draw lines from corner to corner. Center the "X" inside the 5/16" hole of the disc cutter. Cut the hole. Center the cut hole inside the ½" hole and cut out the washer. Cut a ¼" disc in the remaining textured copper.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 5
Flatten all the pieces after cutting and refining the edges.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 6
There is an 1/8" faux rivet on each end of the textured metal word ovals. Cut and flatten enough 1/8" brass discs for each link plus one extra onefor the toggle "O" ring link. An alternative would be to use real rivets to attach the ovals to the copper base links.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 7
Use word stamps to stamp a 24 or 26 gauge sheet of silver or nickel silver. Cut the words out. Sand, refine and flatten them. Sand the backs of each.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 8
Place the "O" ring toggle link on a bench block. Dividing the washer into four quadrants with an ultra fine point retractable Sharpie makes it easier to use the Mini TruStrike Sharp Designer Hammer to hammer even lines radiating out from center.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 9
Using the directions in Step 4, cut a 5/8" washer with a 3/8" hole from the textured copper piece. Cut the piece into three pieces. Only two will be used.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 10
"Butter" the back of one of the cut washer pieces with copper paste solder. Place the piece, solder side down, on the toggle, as shown. Repeat for the other piece. The excess metal hanging over the edge of the link on both ends of will be cut away after soldering. Place a small amount of solder on the 1/8" brass disc and place it solder side down, pressing it into place between the two jump rings and on top of the textured pieces.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 11
For the T-bar, an eighth inch wide piece of 24 or 26 gauge copper is attached to a ¼" x 1" piece of 20 or 22 gauge copper. Refer to Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet - 3 for directions for finishing the T-bar.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 12
Butter the back of each oval textured piece and the ¼" textured disc with copper paste solder. Center each piece, solder side down, on a bracelet link.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 13
Butter the back of each word with copper paste solder. Center each piece, solder side down, and press into place on a textured piece.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 14
Place a small amount of paste solder on the back of the ½" textured copper washer with a 5/16" center hole. Center the washer solder side down on a ¾" link and press into place. Press the heart solder side down inside the washer.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 15
Place each embellished link onto the soldering surface. Heat each piece separately until a flash of silver is visible when the solder flows. Immediately remove the heat and go on to the next piece until all are soldered.
Step 16
The pieces will look terrible after soldering. Place in a pickle pot with super pickle and they will come out looking much better. Rinse the pieces. After rinsing, some people like to place the pieces in baking soda water to neutralize the pickle and then rinse them. Dry the pieces before going to the next step.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 17
A quick brush with a soft bristle brass or steel brush will make the links look even better. This is not necessary, but you will get an idea of how the pieces will look after they are tumbled.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 18
Trim away the excess metal at the top of the washer on the "O" ring toggle piece. Trim off the corners of each link using a flush cutter. File and refine each link so there are no sharp edges that can scratch the skin or snag on clothing.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet
Step 19
Place the links in the tumbler with shot, water and a drop of dish detergent. Tumble for several hours and they will come out bright and shiny.
Pro Tip: Hold off on doing any patina to the pieces until all the bracelets sections are done.
Judy Larson's Mixed Metal Sampler Bracelet 4 - Words Matter - , Metalwork, Stamping, Stamps, Mixed Metals Sampler Bracelet