I have also been reading these posts with great interest, as I am
now making sterling cuffs for my shop inventory.
I'm using 18 and 20 gauge 1" strips, and don't have lots of tools.
Most of them are left over from 30 years of leather working and
hammers for the knock off hubs for Austin Healey's. (tells you how
old I am).
I'm using the closest table leg to my bench, which is working fine.
I didn't know how to form this before my teacher told me to try it.
I did start on one side, forming around with my hands, and then the
other end. I then took a 6" piece of pipe that is 1 7/8ths" diameter
and 1/4" thick, good and sturdy, that I got the plumbing store to
give me. I covered it in a product we use on the race track to wrap
horses tendons before galloping, called Sealtex. It's a latex
bandage 3" wide and 5 yds long for $10.00. This will last for a long
time, you can cut out whatever lengths you need.
I wrap the pipe in it, have some on my 'anvil' (a piece of railroad
track I was given by a friend, and can use my leather or rubber
hammer to form it better, finishing by using my hands to do the final
I realize this isn't probably the 'formal correct technical' way to
accomplish this, but for someone starting out, it works and is very
Necessity is the mother of invention.--ask any one who operates a