Sizes will be between 2.75" and 3.75", more or less to accomplish various sizes, with a hole in the middle between 1.5" and 2", more or less.
I don’t have a hydraulic press (yet!). That would be the best way to go, but I want to test the market for my bracelets before plunking down that kind of cash.
I’ve made a thing – don’t know what to call it – to mount on my faceplate. It’s all faced off nice and flat, and has a 4" square depression to mount my blanks in. I’m hoping the lip around the blank will help ward off any “James Bond/Oddjob” episodes, as I saw someone else describe it over on a woodworking site. Don’t want to get blood on the floor if I can help it!
I figured I’d need carbide to cut with. I’ve spotted a $16 paint scraper with a three-cornered carbide insert that looks like it will do the trick. There’s also the $60 actual turning tool at Woodcraft. I’m guessing copper won’t ruin the tool, so probably springing for the real deal is the way to go. Off to Woodcraft tomorrow.
I really hope this works. The bracelets are coming out really nice – hoping I can work the process out so I can sell them at a price the market will bear. Wish me luck.