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I was browsing a cheap tool stall in a market, and came across a set of "drop forged" spanners for the price of a cup of coffee.

As I am sure you know, you get what you pay for when it comes to tools. I put them back on the rack, saying to myself; "That cheap, they'll bend around my hand before they shift a bolt!"

I paused, struck by the Maker Muse, and bought the spanners.

Step 1: What you need

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Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Archimedes

To turn a cheap spanner into a bracelet, all you need is a decent lever and somewhere to clamp the spanner.

I used my largest adjustable spanner, and my every-day vice.

 
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Kiteman (author) 1 year ago

Obviously, I'm entering this in contests - if you can see a "vote" banner at the top of the page, I would be grateful for a few clicks.

SparkySolar10 months ago

I like your Instructable

Thank you so much for sharing

Rima

seamster1 year ago

Nice! I've got a pile of old wrenches that have been waiting to be used for something like this. Thanks for the great idea!

If they're fairly old wrenches and maybe made in the US, they will be too strong to bend like that. This has to be done with super low quality tools made from a very soft forged steel. Unless you use an acetylene torch to heat it red hot first. The Chinese stuff is what you want.

I was wondering if annealing wouldn't help.

Kiteman (author)  seamster1 year ago

You're welcome - post pictures when you finish.

paqrat1 year ago

Cool!

Kiteman (author)  paqrat1 year ago

Thanks!

They could even serve in place of brass knuckles? ~:- }

Kiteman (author)  snoopindaweb1 year ago

No, not really.

Have you tried using a MAPP gas or propane torch to heat the spanner (wrench in US) and bend it around a form? You might get more consistent curves, but it would take more time to create the form.

Kiteman (author)  Silvester105281 year ago

I guess I would make a form or jig if I was going to make a lot of these, but for just the odd one or two, brute force and ignorance is fine.

as a silver smith, you can get a steel bracelet mandrel...perhaps the working end of a hickory baseball bat may work(silver, being softer, i have used a bat before).
hth

kables11 year ago

I am not sure what a spanner is but what I see in the photo is an open/box end wrench and an adjustable wrench...

It's like the hood of a car is a "bonnet" and the trunk is a "boot" :)

I only wish at the end of the article it said.. and Bob's your uncle...( Im not a Brit.. but I try not to limit my education to just our shores ;-) )

Kiteman (author)  madhypnotist1 year ago

Fun fact; my uncle is, in fact, called Robert!

Kiteman (author)  kables11 year ago

"Spanner" is the English word for what Americans call a "wrench".

In English, "wrench" means a sudden, violent, twisting pull.

Colonials - what can you do with them?! :)

Kiteman (author)  lensman8881 year ago

LOL!

danzo3211 year ago

Drop forging means a heavy hammer smashes hot metal into the shape you want. Not molten, but hot. If never hardened, I guess you get these Chinese tools. Is 'jewellery' the English spelling? Just 'jewelry' in USA.

Kiteman (author)  danzo3211 year ago

I know what drop-forged is (I'm from a steel town), I'm just not convinced that happened to these spanners.

And, yes, "jewellery" is the correct spelling...

I've got some old wrenches here at my place I might just have to try this.

Kiteman (author)  The Last Gunslinger261 year ago

Cool, post a picture when you do.

Triclaw1 year ago

got my vote, I was just given a bucked full of random wrenches and this is now on my to do list.

Kiteman (author)  Triclaw1 year ago

Thanks!

Kiteman (author)  Triclaw1 year ago

Excellent!

This is cool. Anyone doing this keep in mind that if the wrenches you use are plated the plating may break, crack chip and peel in the bending. Nothing that you can't deal with but still might happen. As for the comment about weight, you can get small size wrenches in longer handle lengths that could actually make some thin light almost delicate looking bracelets. I see a lot of other adaptations that this could inspire. Good luck to all.

Kiteman (author)  Too Many Projects1 year ago

Thank you!

mcogan1 year ago

very cool idea!

Kiteman (author)  mcogan1 year ago

Thank you!

ottawafm1 year ago
Awesome idea!
Kiteman (author)  ottawafm1 year ago

Thank you!

So cool!! You may start a new trend with this! :D

Kiteman (author)  lindarose921 year ago

Haha, my sons would find it hilarious to think of me as a leader of fashion!

lol everything's possible!

Kiteman (author)  lindarose921 year ago

LOL!

bit heavy for jewely ?
Kiteman (author)  Phoghat1 year ago

It's a cheap spanner, not exactly high-grade tungsten, so it's no heavier than then bracelets my wife wears.

yellowcatt1 year ago

Now I just need an instructable for something to do with a set of fake drills that bend if you try to drill through something tough like softwood or MDF.

Moral: Don't expect decent tools from poundland.

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