Sterling silver wolf bracelet

by 36877008 October 31, 2013 0 Comments

Hi there and welcome to my new blog . I will jump right into it with my first project . A sterling silver running wolf bracelet. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I used 18 gauge sterling silver for this  but you can make it also in copper ,bronze or brass. I cut a 1 inch wide by 6 inch long strip from the sterling sheet. 3 wolfs were transfered onto the silver and cut out via jewelers saw and 1/0 saw blades . I soldered the wolfs onto the strip and then pickled it. Round the edges. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Start adding texture with chasing tools or if you don't have any use screw drivers and nails . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After adding the texture start bending by hand around a bracelet mandrel . I use a wooden one as that is what I prefer ( the steel ones marr the metal to much - at least in my experience.  When you cannot bend anymore by hand use a nylon or rawhide mallet to hammer the bracelet into shape. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Satisfied with the shape ? Now you can begin the polishing . I have a large polishing machine ( one of the best investments I made ) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After the pre polish I added patina ( mine is a brush on Lifer of sulfur ) stinks like rotten eggs but gives you a nice consistent dark patina. Polish again and voila done . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA You can check out this bracelet and other things at my etsy store at www.nicilaskin.etsy.com

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