This Bible verse is a favorite of one of my customers. Creation of my bracelets is a labor of love; one that I really enjoy!
The copper blank was once a piece of refrigeration tubing. (I always use some recycled material in my designs). First I anneal the tube using a propane torch to make it easier to cut. Using shears I cut it to length. At this point I hammer it on an anvil to make it flat. Then back to the torch for more annealing to prepare it for stamping and drilling holes for the chain. The edges are filed using hand files. Sanding by machine is faster for sure, but then I'll miss out on my favorite part of the process!
Forming the metal by hand. It's a spiritual experience for me. As I smooth the edges using different files, I ease into a calmness that only this activity can take me. Back to the torch for annealing so I can bend it over a steel mandrel, tap it with a rawhide hammer and form a gentle curve.
After cleaning firescale resulting from torch firing, I'll slowly heat the metal again. Copper changes colors as it's heated. Blues, reds, greens come up and look like they were painted! I'll put a beautiful patina on it using sandpapers with micron sized grits. The next step is to make the chain maille using copper rings. The clasp is made using the same technique used for the blank. After attaching the chain and clasp. I apply Renaissance Wax to slow any oxidation of the copper. (Periodic application of car wax once a year will work, too). I'll add beads, crystals, or charms as a final touch.
The bracelet can be gifted for any occasion: religious celebration, anniversary, Valentine Day, Christmas, identification of allergies, best friends, "going steady", birthday, home warming (with date and new address), teacher gift.
I can stamp names, dates, or a favorite phrase in place of a verse. You can specify bead colors and/or charms. Convo me and we'll chat!
Oh, BTW, shipping is free. Thanks for visiting my site!
3-5 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
I will only use your shipping and billing address, and contact information