Updated: Jul 18, 2022
Using the Cowgirl Rustic Wildflowers Cuff Bracelet Pressing you can make your own Cuff Bracelet, Pendant, and Earrings. Here's a quick tutorial to walk you through the steps!
This pressing is called “Cowgirl Rustic“ because it has design elements that mimic hand tooled leather designs commonly found on Western saddlery and other items like Western belts and boots.
The pressing provides you with a cuff bracelet pattern that is a little over 1-1/2" wide and 5-7/8" long, two pendant or large earrings set patterns that are 13/16" wide and 1-5/16" long, and two earrings sets patterns that are 3/4" square. There is a border around all of the patterns.
To create your bracelet, pendant, and earrings, you will need Metal Maven's Cowgirl Rustic Wildflowers Cuff Bracelet pressing in Copper or Sterling Silver.
CUTTING THE CUFF BRACELET
Metal Maven Tip: Use a fine tip Sharpie to trace around the outside of the cuff border. This makes it much easier to see when cutting each piece out.
Place your marked pressing on your Guillotine Shear and cut on the line you marked along the border of the cuff 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.
FILING AND SANDING
The cuff strip is now ready for the next steps. In order to make the cuff 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 Mart 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.
Next, Metal Maven used a JOOLTOOL to further smooth the edges and the corners of the cuff strip. Use a Very Fine 3M Scratch Eraser on the JOOLTOOL to burnish the edges.
If you don't have access to a JOOLTOOL, use 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper to smooth the edges of the entire cuff strip edges and the rounded corners.
Metal Maven Tip: An easy way to sand the sides and ends is to lay a piece of sandpaper on a clean flat surface, hold the cuff strip on it's edge and slide it back and forth. Tilt the cuff strip at an angle to round and smooth the edges.
Next, further smooth the edges of the long sides and ends again with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
ADDING A PATINA
This step is optional.
Adding a patina brings out the details of your piece and adds an antique-looking quality.
We recommend adding patina to the whole pressing before you saw out the pieces because it’s much easier to buff as one piece instead of multiple small pieces.
First scrub the surface of the metal using Dawn detergent and a soft brush, then rinse and dry. Then apply patina following the manufacturer’s instructions. Midas Gel Liver of Sulfur works great for copper and Gosiba or Jax Silver Blackener work well for silver.
After applying patina, use a 240 grit nail salon buffing block or 1000 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the raised areas to highlight the details.