Tuesday, 11 October 2011
How to make your own silver bracelets
Whenever something is handmade it gives it an extra something, it makes it more valuable. Whether it is a piece of jewelry, a birthday card or a sweet, taking the time to make something yourself shows that you care. That is why it is a great idea to learn how to make your own silver bracelets.
The technique is not very hard to master and it will only take a few practice tries before you can create true masterpieces from simple sheets of sterling silver. There are only a few tools needed that can be found at any hardware store: a hammer, a file, stamp letters and a sturdy block to work on (preferably made of steel). There is another tool which can be a little trickier to get a hold of: a mandrel, used to give the sheet metal its round shape. However, there are plenty of objects around the house that can be used as an adequate substitute: for example, pipes have the same circular shape needed, as well as bottles filled with something heavy like sand or cement.
Once you have your tools it is time to create your own piece of sterling silver jewelry. Keep in mind the size of the hand for the silver bracelet when you are cutting out the sheet metal. Preferably make a bigger bracelet than necessary because cutting it down to size is an easy fix. Once you have the sheet metal use the file to make the edges smooth. After that you can place the silver bracelet on a sturdy surface and stamp whatever word or message you desire with a hammer. This is the time when you have the opportunity to create something unique and meaningful; because there is no jewelry stores that will have silver bracelets that will represent your feelings better.
Next you have to wrap the silver bracelet around the mandrel or your substitute and use a hammer to give it a circular shape. Finally, take the hammer again and smooth one edge of the silver bracelet in order to thicken the metal, as well as give it a unique appearance. After that do the same to the other side.
These are all the steps necessary in order to create a beautiful piece of sterling silver jewelry. It might not work well the first few tries, but with a little practice anyone can design and create wonderful and personal silver bracelets that are ideal as gifts for men and women.