First of all this is a pretty easy project, so much so that I may not show my girlfriend this instructable for fear of losing some of the brownie points that this bracelet garnered me...
Step 1: Tools and Materials!
piece of copper- I ordered the Multipurpose Copper from McMaster Carr 1/8" thick 1"w and 12"l for about $10 and that is enough to make 2 of these bangles.
-Ball Peen Hammer
-file - either a mill or flat file works great
- Anvil- Not necessary, if you have a chunk of wood or something you dont mind denting as you hammer you are all set
-bench grinder- again, not necessary, but way faster than just using the file...
Step 2: Starting to Form the Copper
Square up the edges and round the corners, so later when it is worn, its all nice and smooth. Way easier to do this now than at the end of things
Once you have this all set, we get to do the fun stuff, and start hammering out the copper
Lay it out flat on your anvil/hammering surface and using the round edge of the hammer start hitting the copper at one end.
Slowly work your way from the end of the piece towards the middle, the more you hit it the more it starts to curve. Keep doing this until you get to about the midpoint of the copper.
Step 3: More Hammering!
Once the piece starts to look more or less like a bracelet you then need to flip the bracelet over and start to gently close things up using the flat side of the hammer.
Step 4: Now You Have a Bracelet!
You will probably need to do a little fitting to make sure it stays on and doesn't slip off, but that is easy enough, just repeat the end of the last step tapping things with the flat end of the hammer.