Bracelet with Stamped Jeweler's Bronze Metal Sheet, Gilders Paste® and Swarovski Crystal Flat Backs


Personalize your metal sheet jewelry designs with cutting, stamping and etching. This bracelet was made using a combination of Lisa Pavelka stamps, free hand drawing and the "Face-Bird" stencil created by Jo and Dylan from Cart Before the Horse, Portland Oregon.

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STEP 1
Using the bench-pin vise and a jeweler's saw, cut one 2-1/4 x 1-7/8 inch round corner rectangle piece of jeweler's bronze metal sheet.

Repeat to cut one 19mm wide by 6mm tall crown out of jeweler's bronze metal sheet.

Using a micro-mesh sanding pad and/or needle file, smooth rough edges of metal sheet cutouts. Needle file works well for defining points on crown.
STEP 2
Using an artist brush/paintbrush, coat the top of the 1-1/2 inch wide leather strap with patina Gilders Paste and set aside to dry. Once dry, polish with a soft cloth to desired effect.
STEP 3
Using hole punch pliers, punch the four corner holes in the 2-1/4 x 1-7/8 inch piece of metal sheet. Repeat to punch one hole in the center of the crown cut-out.
STEP 4
Using an alcohol base ink pad and the Lisa Pavelka Signature Series silicone stamp with French love notes, stamp diagonally across the 2-1/4 x 1-7/8 inch piece of metal sheet. Allow ink to dry. Hand-draw or stencil a bird design over the French love notes imprint using a black alcohol based permanent ink marker. Using a cotton swap, clean off the French love notes imprint from inside the bird stencil.
STEP 5
Note: It is recommended to wear gloves and safety glasses for the etching process.

Once the ink is dry, burnish a section of masking tape to the back of the 2-1/4 x 1-7/8 inch imprinted metal sheet. Be sure to burnish well around the edges to prevent etching solution from seeping in under the tape. Fill a shallow plastic container with etching solution. Float the metal sheet on the surface of the etching solution using the tape to hold it in place. Let sit for two hours then remove from solution and check the etching results. Once satisfied with the depth of etching achieved, rinse with water then neutralize the etching solution on your metal sheet by coating with baking soda. Scrub the baking soda onto the surface to remove excess solution and residue. Rinse with water again then dry with a soft cloth. Once completely dry, use a micro-mesh sanding pad to buff metal sheet surface to desired effect.
STEP 6
Using an artist brush/paintbrush, coat the surface of metal sheet with Patina Gel and allow metal to darken/antique to desired effect. Once desired effect is achieved, rinse with water to neutralize. Dry completely with a soft cloth.

Optional: A fine tip alcohol based permanent marker can be used to further enhance the blackening around design details.
STEP 7
Using gloves and a paper towel, coat the etched surface with black Gilders Paste, allow to dry then polish away excess Gilders Paste with a soft cloth.

Repeat to add patina Gilders Paste highlights to the etched bird design as desired.
STEP 8
Coat the surface of the etched metal sheet with Mod Podge® matte sealer. Set aside and allow to dry. Repeat to coat the Gilders Paste surface of the leather strap.
STEP 9
Lay crown over birds head. Using a marker, mark spot on rectangle metal sheet to punch hole. Using hole punch pliers, punch hole to attach crown to metal sheet rectangle creating a cold-connection. Thread a 7x4mm flat head brad through both holes from top to bottom. Lay connected pieces face down on a steel bench block. Using flush-cutters, trim brad then hammer flat using a ball peen hammer.
STEP 10
Thread leather bracelet through the leather strap.
STEP 11
Using a wood mallet and bracelet mandrel on bench-pin, hammer the cold-connected metal sheet rectangle and crown to a slight curve.
STEP 12
Lay the leather bracelet and cold-connected metal sheet rectangle over the bracelet mandrel. Using a marker, mark the leather where the four holes will be punched. Using a rotary leather punch tool, punch the four aligning holes in the leather strap.
STEP 13
Lay a washer over one top hole, thread a brad through the washer and hole and lay it face down on a steel bench block. Add a second washer to the brad. Using flush-cutters, trim brad then hammer flat using a ball peen hammer.

Repeat to finish the remaining three holes.
STEP 14
Using Araldite® Standard Epoxy, glue one AB crystal 3.2mm flat back to the top of one corner washer. Repeat to glue one AB crystal 3.2mm flat back to the remaining three corner washers. Repeat to glue one fuchsia 3.2mm flat back crystal to the crown hole. Set aside and allow the glue to dry.

The pieces featured in the Gallery of Designs are copyrighted designs and are provided for inspiration only. We encourage you to substitute different colors, products and techniques to make the design your own.

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