Introduction: Repurposed Copper Tubing Bracelet

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Create a beautiful textured copper bracelet from a copper pipe.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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**Before you begin, please note that working with flames and tools can be dangerous. Please take the necessary precautions :)

For this project, you will need:

-Heat Resistant Work Gloves

-Protective Eyewear

-Dust Mask

-6 inches of Copper Pipe (Feel free to use more or less depending on if you want a cuff or a bangle)

-Pipe Cutter

-Annealing Pan (or some other non-flammable surface)

-Butane Torch

- Basin with Water

- Pliers

- Rubber Mallet

- Bracelet Mandrel

- Anvil

- Dapping Punches

- Hammer

-Paper Towels

-Steel Wool

-Sand Paper

Step 2: Measure and Cut Copper Tube

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Measure the length of tubing that you would like to work with and cut using a pipe cutter.

-Tighten your blade around the copper tube. Make sure that the wheels below the blade are cradling the pipe. Twist two complete times around the tube, and tighten the cutter. Continue this until you have cut through your tubing.

Step 3: Anneal

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Put on the appropriate safety wear (goggles, gloves) and place your tube into the annealing pan, holding one side with a pliers for easy turning. Anneal the copper with your torch, making sure to turn the pipe so the entire surface gets heated.

Step 4: Quench

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After your tube has been annealed, place it into the basin full of cold water. This process is called "quenching" and cools the metal down after being heated.

-After you quench your copper, dry off it off with a paper towel.

Step 5: Lightly Flatten Tube

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- LIGHTLY hammer the ends of the copper tube so it will lay flat on the anvil. Once this is done, LIGHTLY flatten the rest of the copper. Leave about a quarter inch of depth to prepare for texture.

Step 6: Add Texture Using Dapping Punches

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-Add texture to the copper by hammering your dapping punches.

-There is no specific pattern, get creative and have fun!

*TIP* Rotate the dapping punches while you are hammering to create a deep texture.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 3, 4, and 6 Until You Are Happy With the Texture

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-Continue, Annealing, Quenching and Dapping until you are happy with the texture of your bracelet.

Step 8: Anneal Until Red Hot & Quench

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-Anneal your copper until it is red hot. This is very important as you will be forming your bracelet in the next step. The hotter your copper gets, the easier it will be to form around your mandrel.

-Quench your copper one last time

Step 9: Form Your Bracelet

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-Wearing the appropriate gear, (eye protection, gloves) form your copper tube around the mandrel by using a rubber mallet. Start at one end of the tube and work your way to the next.

*NOTE* -If this step is really difficult, your copper needs to be annealed more. Go back to step 8 :)

Step 10: Remove Scale and Sand

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-Once your bracelet has been formed (HOORAY!) use steel wool *wear a dust mask, your lungs will thank you* to remove any scale that has developed on your bracelet.

-If there are any sharp edges on your tube, sand them off with sandpaper

Step 11: Viola! You Are Finished!

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SirCooksalot made it! (author)2016-02-05

I made a manly version, same steps minus the texturing. I just peened it a bit all over to make it super worn looking, and skipped the polishing to keep it old and leathery looking. I suspected that if I put caps on the ends, the flattening would keep them stuck on the ends...and sure enough they stayed! Cool, right? The caps make it hold a little water when you quench, but they're not air-tight, so the water will steam out. Be VERY CAREFUL heating a capped pipe, it must be able to vent steam or it will explode! Maybe even drill a small hole in the center of cap to be safe. Thanks for this awesome project.

SirCooksalot (author)2016-02-02

I'm going to make this tomorrow, I've got copper left over from some candle holders and a lamp I made for gifts... Copper pipe is awesome crafting material, $10 for 10' and it looks beautiful. Now I'll share some knowledge with you in return- it's VOILA, not viola. A viola is an instrument. I see it misspelled everywhere. Lately I'm seeing 'genera' instead of genre too, don't know where that's coming from, but anyhoo...thanks for the cool ible!

Crafting_Cats (author)2015-04-08

My family lives in a very old house, so there are a lot copper pipes that we have to take out one at a time. Bracelets and jewelry are a great idea! Great job! Love it!

runduistnp (author)2015-04-05

This is looking amazing! Excellent work!

Aerow (author)runduistnp2015-04-05

Thank you ❤

ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-04

Interesting final look! Who knew it would be from simple copper pipe. :)

Aerow (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-05

Thank you! :)

diann.rundquist (author)2015-04-04

Beautiful work

Aerow (author)diann.rundquist2015-04-04

Aww :) Thank you!

KirstieLynn (author)2015-04-04

Great idea! It looks beautiful!

Aerow (author)KirstieLynn2015-04-04

Thank you so much!

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