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Anybody have a good bracelet design??

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If you have any bracelet designs, would you share them with me, I don't mind stainless, but I would prefer mild steel, and simple is good, I'm not ready for real complicated stuff yet (sic) thanks.

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If you have any bracelet designs, would you share them with me, I don't mind stainless, but I would prefer mild steel, and simple is good, I'm not ready for real complicated stuff yet (sic) thanks.


Do you have any preference?

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A couple years ago I saw a demo of some Fold Forming techniques with flat bars. They had also worked some of it into bracelets.

You take a flat strip of iron (like 1/2 x 1/8 or 3/4 x 1/8), fold it in half, and hammer the fold down tight. Then heat and bend the two legs back out. Then heat and hammer that T shape left by the bend down flat. This leaves a squished square-topped T section in your original bar. Angling the bend also them angles that decorative section. A few of these spaced around a piece cut long enough for a bracelet had a pretty nice look - especially when the "high" points were buffed up.

I don't remember who did the demo. I probably saw in on one of the demo tapes from UMBA (Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association).

Just a possibility.

Most of the bracelets I've made have been variations of that Celtic inspired C. Made from brass brazing rod hammered square and twisted gives a nice look when the high points get polished a bit. I either taper/curl the ends, or flatten/fair them. Plus the Living History reenactment people love them for use as a blanket or cloak pin - altho documentation for those with an attached pivoting "pin" seem lacking between the 1600's and early 1800's. The only documentation found so far is for their use with a separate straight pin when used as a cloak/blanket pin - like the Scottish great kilt pins.

Mikey - that grumpy ol' German blacksmith out in the Hinterlands

Edited by Mike Ameling

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Why not use damascus as a base material to work with? You could get some interesting patterns in the metal that no one else would have. (grin)

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Make a simple arrow and wrap it so the two ends overlap. I used to do these in silver.
Mark

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