We have a small, Japanese, iron bell in our garden that had a wind catcher attached to capture the breeze and make it ring. As a result of stormy Irene passing through, the paper was torn off. It rang no more.
I decided to create a windcatcher out of thin copper sheet to replace the paper catcher. It worked out beautifully, the bell was ringing again and the copper shone brightly in the sun. That gave me a jewelry making idea! Why not made a copper bracelet using copper sheet?
Since the sheet is quite thin, I folded it over itself three or four times until it felt substantial. With my indispensible chasing hammer, I pounded the metal until it was stiff and had a nice, weathered appearance. I folded a 3/4″ section at each end to make a flap and inserted a handmade clasp of brass wire between the fold. The cuff was then curved on a marble kitchen roller and pounded again to shape it. Then I squished the cuff slightly to make it oval.
It was almost done! After dipping it in LOS, rubbing it with steel wool, buffing it with a polishing cloth, I sealed with with a fixative.
Wow, all that pounding was fun! I made several bracelets. The first one sold just hours after I listed it.
Now to cover the roofs on my birdhouses in copper. http://www.making-jewelry-now.com/rustic-copper-cuffs.html