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Scrap Metal Cuff Bracelets Project by Johanna Love

After Vanessa Spencer made a really clever and beautiful earring frame using MD metal sheets, there was some scrap left over that I thought I could put to good use and turn into my own cuff bracelets.

Flower Cuff:
My first project with these lovely bits and pieces of metal is the Flower Cuff bracelet. Using a good pair of metal hobby shears, I cut a rectangle that was about 5 inches long by 1.5 inches wide right off the edge of the leftover scrap sheet (Vanessa used the Union Jack Design in her previous project). Carefully, I clipped the sharp corners and sanded all sharp edges, and then I shaped the cuff with my hand until it fit my wrist correctly.

After ensuring that the cuff fit properly, I began to embellish it. I applied ICE Resin® medium to the places I wanted enameled, and then immediately sprinkled the turquoise enamel powder directly onto the medium. At this point I made sure to shake and brush off any excess powder. Next, I used an embossing gun to heat up and set the powder into enamel.

Finally, to make the flower, I took a premade flower charm, applied ICE Resin medium to the petal tips and then applied copper enamel powder. I followed the same steps to set the powder into the enamel. When the flower was dry, I wire-wrapped a bead to my flower, and then fixed the flower onto my cuff with more wire. I applied some medium and silver enamel powder to the sides of bead and center of flower for a final touch.

Ribbon Bangle:
Follow the basic instructions as the cuff, except change the dimensions of the cut metal to 6 inches by 1 inch wide. After cutting out this first shape, remember to clip the sharp corners and sand all the sharp edges. After applying the medium and turquoise enamel, weave a foot-long length of velvet ribbon through the pattern in the metal with the ends hanging off. This allows you to tie a pretty little bow to your new ribbon bangle.

Tips:
Use one of the new Iced Enamels® Iced Angled Brushes for applying the ICE Resin medium, and keep another one dry in order to brush away excess powder before applying heat.
Keep in mind that metal gets very hot for about a minute after applying heat with embossing gun, so take caution and be safe.

Products Used:

  • MD Metal Sheets 1 x 2' Aluminum Union Jack
  • MD Metal Hobby Shears
  • Iced Enamels Medium by ICE Resin – 1 oz. Bottle
  • Iced Enamels Turquoise Relique Powder by ICE Resin – 15ml
  • Iced Enamels Glitz Copper Relique Powder by ICE Resin – 15ml
  • Iced Enamels Iced Angled Brushes by ICE Resin – 6 Pack
  • Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair - Vintage Trinkets Flowers 6 pack
  • 22 Gauge Bronze Wire - 30 Feet
  • Embossing Gun
  • Velvet Ribbon
  • Bead

For personal protection:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Apron
  • Covered work surface

About Johanna:

Favorite Food: Watermelon

Random Fact: She experiences déjà vu on a regular basis.

Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

You will also these publications:
Somerset Home 2013 Volume 8
Somerset Workshop 2013
Somerset Memories Spring 2014

 

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