I am trying to make some copper anticlastic bracelets. As some
people don’t like copper against their skin, I have sweat soldered
30 gauge fine silver to the copper. I am working with 22 gauge
copper which has been deeply etched via the PNP ferric Chloride
method. 6inches long, 1-1/4" width.
The actual raising goes well and I have had no problem with the
silver shifting or moving during the raising period and the frequent
annealing. After I get it raised (hand hammered), I form it on my
bracelet mandrel and anneal again so that it is flexible.
Problem is that just putting it on and off requires bending the
material and it soon becomes too work hardened to be able to be put
on one’s wrist comfortably.
What puzzles me is that I have made anticlastic bracelets in
sterling 22 gauge, and thicker (minus the fine silver backing) and
they remainflexible. I am considering forgetting about working with
the copper and going back to the silver. I am getting ready for a
show and wanted to have more variety in my inventory, hence the
interest in adding some items in copper.
Will appreciate any suggestions. Alma