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Wonder Woman cuff

Use a scrapbooking tool to emboss light-gauge metal, and then top your cuff with an art bead in a free-form wire bezel

SUPPLIES

Cuff approx. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

  • 10 ft. (3.0 m) 20-gauge (0.8 mm) copper wire, round, dead soft
  • Copper sheet metal, dead soft (Rio Grande, riogrande.com)
  • 6 x 1 3⁄4 in. (15.2 cm x 44 mm) 20-gauge (0.8 mm) 
  • 1 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄4 in. (38 x 32 mm) 24-gauge (0.5 mm)  
  • 6 x 1 in. (15.2 cm x 25.5 mm) 26-gauge (0.4 mm) 
  • 25 mm coin-shaped focal bead (must be able to accommodate four pieces of 20-gauge/0.8 mm wire)   
  • 8 1.3 mm x 1⁄2-in. (13 mm) copper nail-head rivets 
  • Nylon-jaw pliers
  • Roundnose pliers
  • Wire cutters 
  • Metal shears
  • Metal file
  • Manicure sanding block
  • Embosser (such as the Sizzix Big Shot or Big Kick) with patterned embossing folders (www.scrapbook.com)
  • 1.5 mm metal hole-punch pliers
  • Permanent marker
  • Steel bench block or anvil
  • Chasing hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Steel oval bracelet mandrel
  • Fire-proof surface
  • Torch
  • If patinating: liver of sulfur with brass brush and soapy water
  • If tumbling: tumbler, steel shot, and burnishing compound or dish soap

INSTRUCTIONS

Wonder Woman cuff Photo A
Step 1
Using metal shears, snip the corners off a 6 x 1 3⁄4-in. (15.2 cm x 44 mm) piece of 20-gauge copper sheet at a 45-degree angle. File the corners with a metal file, and smooth them with a manicure sanding block. Repeat to round and smooth the corners of a 6 x 1-in. (15.2 cm x 25.5 mm) piece of 26-gauge copper and a 1 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄4-in. (38 x 32 mm) piece of 24-gauge copper.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo B
Step 2
Using the embossing folder of your choice, run the 26-gauge copper piece through the embosser per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo C
Step 3
Use 1.5 mm hole-punch pliers to punch holes in the small 24-gauge copper piece approximately 3⁄8 in. (9.5 mm) from each corner.

TIP: You may want to use a ruler and a marker to draw diagonal lines from corner to corner, and then punch the holes on the lines.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo D
Step 4
Center the small copper piece on the embossed piece so that the longer sides of the small piece are perpendicular to the embossed piece. If you drew lines on the small copper piece, make sure they are facing down. Using one hole on the small piece as a pilot hole, punch a hole through the embossed piece.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo E
Step 5
Insert a rivet from the back through both copper pieces, and trim the rivet to 1⁄16 in. (1.5 mm), approximately the thickness of a credit card. Place the copper pieces on a bench block, and hammer the rivet with the round end of a chasing hammer.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo F
Step 6
Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the remaining three holes.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo G
Step 7a
Center a 25 mm coin-shaped focal bead on the small copper piece, and make a mark at each end of the bead hole.
Wonder Woman cuff Photo H
Step 7b
Remove the bead. Punch two holes very close together at each mark.

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