Updated: Jul 18, 2022
This tutorial will walk you through the steps for making an adjustable bangle and ring with our Cowgirl Rustic Flower Bangles or Rings pressing.
PURCHASE A COWGIRL RUSTIC FLOWER BANGLES OR RINGS PRESSING FROM METAL MAVEN.
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For this tutorial, Metal Maven used an 18-gauge copper pressing and an 18-gauge sterling silver pressing.
With this pressing, you can make any size adjustable or soldered ring and bangle bracelets.
PREPARING THE BANGLE BAND FOR CUTTING WITH A GUILLOTINE SHEAR OR JEWELER'S SAW
Use a fine tip marker to draw a line along the outside border of the bangle strip you want to cut. This will help you see the edge when lining up the metal in your shear or when using a jeweler's saw.
CUTTING THE BANGLE STRIP
Place your marked pressing on your Guillotine Shear and cut at the line you marked along the border of the bangle strip. If you don't have a Guillotine Shear, use a jeweler's saw to saw along the line.
Metal Maven Tip: I use a Saw Blade Size of #2/0 when sawing 20-gauge metal, a #1/0 saw blade when sawing 18-gauge metal and a #1 saw blade when sawing 16-gauge metal. Check out this saw blade specification chart on Rio Grande's website for recommended Saw Blade Sizes.
Next, mark a line along the bottom border of the bangle strip and trim off the excess metal.
FILING AND SANDING
The bangle strip is now ready for the next steps. In order to make the bangle comfortable to wear, you need to round the sharp corners and smooth the edges with a file.
Metal Maven used a small belt sander from Micro Mark to sand the edges and round the corners. If you do not have a belt sander, use a #5 file to smooth the edges and round the corners.