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[Beginner's Corner] Fabricating a bracelet


#1

Hi,

Is this how an amateur asks a question? It’s kind of hard to
describe what I want to do. I want to make a bracelet with cut out,
recessed squares of a different metal. Would I line the whole inside
with this metal, or just make larger squares to attach inside? -
would that be uncomfortable? Thanks so very much for any guidance.


#2
I want to make a bracelet with cut out, recessed squares of a
different metal. Would I line the whole inside with this metal, or
just make larger squares to attach inside? - would that be
uncomfortable? 

Hi, I can’t quite picture what you want to make. Is it like this:

a square of, let’s say sterling silver, like the lid of a shoe box,
flipped over, open side up (only square) and inside of that there’s
a flat square of copper? and perhaps the copper also lines the sides
of the shoe box?

If yes, then having the sides will make this much more difficult for
a beginner, as you would have to custom cut and fit and solder all
those tiny pieces.

It could be simpler if you didn’t have the sides of the boxes, or
used folding instead of assembling and soldering. Or if the pieces
were completely flat. And you could avoid soldering too, if you
like.

Just try to design it so that you can manage it with your current
skills.

Good luck! And post a sketch somewhere if you can and then post the
link. (or send the pic to service@ganoksin.com and they’ll post it
for you.)

Elaine
CreativeTextureTools.com


#3

The best way to answer this or any other design question is to
organize yourideas on paper. I’m not clear on what you want to do
here, so your idea maynot be crystal clear in your mind either. If
you draw out your ideas, just sketch out what you are thinking
about, then go back and draw it again using the parts you like best,
or what you know you can do, you will eventually have a clear idea of
what you want to make. Be sure to draw it from all views, front, back
and sides. Then go through it in your mind (or write down the steps)
to see if your ideas will work or which steps you need to do in what
order. There are usually more ways than one to do something, but you
can avoidproblems by working it out ahead of time.

Melissa Veres, engraver