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New Copper Bangles With Silver Wrap Bead


I had a break recently and took the opportunity, once I'd caught up with lots of other things, to make some new stuff.

I wrote a post a while ago about making metal wrap beads in copper with the thought of doing a sterling silver version and that's one of the things I did in my break.

I had the idea of having a set of three bangles with three beads on just one of the bangles and the other two plain with a hammered finish. Then I decided it would look a bit more contemporary {to me anyway!} to have just one bead on each of the three bangles.

I started with some silver sheet I put through the rolling mill until it was about 0.25mm thick. I used the wrap bead template I made myself......


...and cut three lengths for the beads. I used the smaller size this time. I made three bangles using 3.25mm copper wire that I textured with a hammer. I then flowed some solder onto the the silver sheet on the side that would later become the inside of the bead.
Then I soldered the wide end of it to the bangle.



Once I'd attached the end of the silver sheet to the bangle I used pliers to fold the end down so it sat close to the copper.


I then started to wrap the silver sheet around the copper bangle and form the bead.



Despite the silver sheet being very thin at 0.25mm there was still a fair amount of tension in it meaning there were gaps between the layers as the silver sprung back when I let the end go.

 I annealed the silver and pulled and squeezed the silver wraps to get them a bit closer together before I soldered the bead wraps together using the solder I'd flowed along the inside length earlier.


Bit of a blurred picture but you get the idea :D

I needed to sand the edges of the silver beads as they were a bit sharp in places due to the gap thing going on.

 I'll need to find a better way to wrap the silver bead so the layers sit close together. Maybe I need to be a bit more forceful and use my pliers or mallet to force the silver sheet into a tighter wrap. Or maybe I just need to anneal the silver a bit more before I wrap them - it needs some experimentation and knowing what I'm like, will bug me until I get it right!


The shiny finished version before oxidizing.


Being cleaned up with wire wool before going into the tumbler for a polish.


Finished! 

These will appear in my Etsy shop and on my website very soon.













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  1. Oh I love! It is neat seeing how you created the wrap around the bangle. They have such a great look.

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  2. Wow it gorgeous, I love copper bangles (usually with a worn in patina) but in this design I somehow like the shiny version better as it looks really luxurious

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  3. They're so beautiful! The silver beads add an interesting detail, love the texture and the patina!!

    Awesome work!!

    Laura xo

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