We had a fun time at the Bouncing Bead last Saturday making a copper cuff bracelet. Even though copper is a little harder to work with than silver, you can still get stunning results. This cuff is a copper overlay band sweat soldered, with a lace agate cabochon set on a roller print base plate. All this is then soldered on a ¼” x ¼” tube and soldered onto the cuff to lift the stone off the cuff and give the impression of floating over the cuff.
After final soldering and brass brushing to clean the copper, I plated the cuff in pickle with an iron rod in it, then brushed it again, and added patina with Liver of Sulfur gel. I then sanded the cuff overlay with 300 grit sandpaper to highlight the texture. All in all, a very satisfying project.