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Wood Veneer Bracelet with LED Backlighting

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Step 3: Bending the Veneer

Use the rubber cement to temporarily stick the top and bottom of the bracelet in place.

Measure how large the outside of the bracelet needs to be.  Add at least 1/4" to the width of the veneer and about an inch to the length.  You may want to add more if your wood seems prone to chipping.  Mine was very prone to chipping.

Put masking tape over the place you'll be cutting your veneer.  This helps stabilize it and reduces that chipping risk.  Mark out your cutting lines.  I cut mine with ordinary scissors, "cut a penny" scissors would have been better.  A utility knife would also work.  Once your piece is cut out gently remove the masking tape.

Soak the veneer in water.  I started with hot tap water and my veneer was completely limp in about 10 minutes.  Yours might take more effort - more time or heat should help.  Trees vary a lot so you'll have to use your best judgement here.

When the veneer is very pliable pull it out of the water, dry it a bit and then get ready to wrap it around the base.  Start with one end on the block of wood where the battery pack goes.  Clamp it down securely.  Then work the wood around the form, clamping as you go.  You want a neat, even curve.  Don't use any glue.  Clamp until you get to the end, leave the tail hanging out.  Let this dry thoroughly.  

Once it's completely dry (we're talking hours or overnight), unclamp it, gently remove it from the form and set it somewhere safe.  It would be really easy to crush it right now, so up high, out of the way, where it won't fall is best.  Remove the top and bottom of the bracelet and scrape off any residual rubber cement.
 
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