Introduction: Repurposed Copper Tubing Bracelet
Create a beautiful textured copper bracelet from a copper pipe.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
**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
-6 inches of Copper Pipe (Feel free to use more or less depending on if you want a cuff or a bangle)
-Annealing Pan (or some other non-flammable surface)
- Basin with Water
- Rubber Mallet
- Bracelet Mandrel
- Dapping Punches
Step 2: Measure and Cut Copper Tube
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
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
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
- 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
-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
-Continue, Annealing, Quenching and Dapping until you are happy with the texture of your bracelet.
Step 8: Anneal Until Red Hot & Quench
-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
-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
-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