Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

This is a little Valentine gift for a friend of mine, a hand-stamped and hammered aluminum cuff.  Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve hammered one of my stamped pieces and I just LOVE the effect.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

I really wish the photo did it more justice but this full-time-job and the whole sun-going-down-before-dinner-is-over thing is really hampering my photography, LOL.  It has a nice shiny finish to it, and the aluminum is so easy to work with!

I’m going to be a bit brief on the tutorial today (the aforementioned long day combined with the sniffles and pregnancy in general are uncharacteristically kicking my butt today) – but I’m going to refer you to another stamped cuff I made at Christmas time if you want any more detail about how I made this bracelet.  If you’ve got questions about stamping in general, be sure to visit my beginners’ stamping tutorial or just drop me a note – I love talking about making jewelry.  I’m certainly no pro at stamping yet, but I do love sharing the knowledge I’ve gleaned while I’m practicing that steady hand. ;)

Let me give you the short version, though!  These blanks are 6 inch x 1/2 inch, 14 gauge tumbled aluminum pieces.  I found mine on Etsy, but if you have a local supply store, you may be able to find some!

I decided on my message, centered and stamped it.  This was particularly hilarious to my daughter.  She sat eating her dinner, and every time I stamped a letter, she shouted, “hammer!” which in her cutie little 2-year-old voice is more like “hammo!” I really think I need to get that kid some tools. ;)

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

I wanted to darken the letters for contrast, but aluminum won’t react with liver of sulfur.  So I had to go the sharpie route – I darkened the letters with an industrial Sharpie, and wiped the excess off with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

Then, I decided I wanted to try hammering the edges.  I have a small texturing hammer that I have never used, and I hammered the edges.  I LOVED the effect!  I’m going to hammer a lot more pieces now, I don’t know why I didn’t try it any sooner.  The thicker gauge looks awesome with a subtle texture.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

Then, all I had to do was bend it.  I have a special tool that is a bracelet bender that works amazingly well for cuffs.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

And that’s it!  All that’s left to do is to gift it!

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

What kinds of handmade gifts are you thinking about for Valentine’s Day?  Jewelry is always classic, don’t you think? ;)

Adrianne

Comments

  1. says

    Great saying and it looks fantastic with the hammered edges!! I really need to get one of those cuff bender thingys {totally technical terms here}. I looked in Hobby Lobby the other day and couldn’t find one, I’ll have to look at Micheals the next them I’m there.:)
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  2. Monsterscircus says

    He he just banging a hammer, yes then it’s definitly me ;-) You really got me hooked, cause you have made really wonderful things! Have seen a lot a of those stamps on etsy, going to check them out once again :-) you’re welcome, I always love to see what you’re up to :-)
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  3. says

    I love it! Now you will have to excuse me as I spend the next hour on your fun blog! I’m glad I found you from Someday crafts!

  4. Cassandra Nilsson says

    Hi, I’m loving your tutorials! Can I ask how you stop the aluminium from corroding and leaving black marks on skin? I’ve had aluminium jewellery in the past (rings) and they’ve left a black band on my finger.

    • says

      Some people are more sensitive to some metals than others, so there isn’t really a “fix” for metallic reactions, unfortunately. All I can suggest is just know what kind of metal gives you a reaction and use a different type if you can. Some people will suggest coating with clear nail polish or something, but that only lasts so long before it chips and it’s not a real fix, it just allows you to wear it for longer. It’s really just the down side of jewelry in general, sorry!

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