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

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


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.


<p>didn't seem to work well for me bending cold. . . </p>
<p>Sorry, not much beyond &quot;take it slow&quot; - I didn't bend the whole thing at once, just a bit at a time. It might also have helped that I used really cheap spanners...</p>
<p>I like your Instructable</p><p>Thank you so much for sharing</p><p>Rima</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>I was wondering if annealing wouldn't help.</p>
<p>You're welcome - post pictures when you finish.</p>
<p>They could even serve in place of brass knuckles? ~:- }</p>
<p>No, not really.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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).<br>hth</p>
<p>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...</p>
<p>It's like the hood of a car is a &quot;bonnet&quot; and the trunk is a &quot;boot&quot; :)</p>
<p>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 ;-) )</p>
<p>Fun fact; my uncle is, in fact, called Robert!</p>
<p>&quot;Spanner&quot; is the English word for what Americans call a &quot;wrench&quot;.</p><p>In English, &quot;wrench&quot; means a sudden, violent, twisting pull.</p>
<p>Colonials - what can you do with them?! :)</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>I know what drop-forged is (I'm from a steel town), I'm just not convinced that happened to these spanners. </p><p>And, yes, &quot;jewellery&quot; is the correct spelling...</p>
<p>I've got some old wrenches here at my place I might just have to try this. </p>
<p>Cool, post a picture when you do.</p>
<p>got my vote, I was just given a bucked full of random wrenches and this is now on my to do list.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>very cool idea! </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Awesome idea!
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>So cool!! You may start a new trend with this! :D</p>
<p>Haha, my sons would find it hilarious to think of me as a leader of fashion!</p>
<p>lol everything's possible!</p>
bit heavy for jewely ?
<p>It's a cheap spanner, not exactly high-grade tungsten, so it's no heavier than then bracelets my wife wears.</p>
<p>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.</p><p>Moral: Don't expect decent tools from poundland.</p>
<p>Bend them into loops, make a chain?</p>
<p>Oh man I want one! Time to go find some cheap tools! Great idea Kiteman!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Awesome idea

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