Our edged cuff bracelets can be embellished with beadwork, leather, or fabric. The ends have a channel that allows you to tuck the ends of beadwork or fabric out of view.
Channel cuff bracelets are also known as "Hair Tie Bracelets" because they are the perfect size for safely storing hair ties when you get tired of having your hair pulled back. Raw brass channel cuffs can also be used for some types of inlaid designs with resins or polymer clay.
Raw copper and brass cuffs can be etched with ferric chloride, engraved, riveted, soldered, and more. They are partially finished, and may require a bit of filing, sanding or tumbling, to smooth rough edges.
Flat bracelet blanks are perfect for stamping custom words, phrases or textures. 2021 Update: ImpressArt aluminum bracelet blanks are transitioning to a new look and feel. more info
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Raw (solid) copper and brass bracelet blanks can be etched with ferric chloride, engraved, riveted and more. They are partially finished, and may require a bit of filing, sanding or tumbling, to smooth rough edges. 6" copper sheet in 1/2", 1" and 2" widths are perfect bracelets strips for average size wrists.
24 gauge is lightweight and easy to work with, but requires a second layer to be sturdy enough for a good bracelet. You can stamp it, and rivet or solder it to a bracelet blank of contrasting material.
20 gauge is a good compromise: it's still easy to stamp, embellish and otherwise work with, but it's also sturdy enough to hold up when worn as a bracelet.
14-gauge bracelet blanks are flat, and pre-cut to 5-3/4" (for small/medium wrists), 6-1/4" (for medium/large wrists), and 7". The ends are curved, and the blanks are ready to customize!
Aluminum bracelet blanks by ImpressArt are a great alternative to sterling silver, nickel silver, or silver plated blanks. This soft, inexpensive metal allows intricate and delicate stamping designs to make complete impressions and look great. For most metals, 14-gauge would be too thick for metal stamping, but because aluminum is a soft metal, 14 gauge is a good compromise between stampability and bracelet durability. Customize aluminum blanks with metal stamps, texture hammers, rivets and engravers.
After stamping or otherwise embellishing, these bracelets can easily be bent on an oval bracelet mandrel or using the E-Z Bender tool. They polish up beautifully!
2021 Update: ImpressArt aluminum bracelet blanks are transitioning to a new look and feel. They will be made of the same high quality alloy as ImpressArt's other aluminum blanks, so they will be more malleable, making them easier to stamp and bend. ImpressArt bracelets will also feature new squared ends, providing a more comfortable feel and a sleeker, more timeless look than the current rounded ends. This transition will take some time -- some sizes/shapes will transition sooner than others.
Aluminum does not rust, nor does it take a patina with the standard chemicals normally used to darken jewelry. It oxidizes the moment it comes into contact with oxygen or water! Fortunately this oxidized layer of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) immediately forms a stable layer that protects aluminum from corrosion or further oxidation (as long as it isn't exposed to chlorine or similar substances that are corrosive to aluminum).
So how do you color aluminum?
Bright, permanent colors on aluminum are achieved through anodizing. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a durable, corrosion-resistant oxide finish. Although the color is durable, aluminum is a soft metal. When working with anodized aluminum, take care to avoid scratching or buffing through the anodized layer, unless you are intentionally creating a two-tone look.
Use Ranger alcohol inks, Vintaj faux patinas, or even craft store paints, to add colorful accents to aluminum jewelry.
Avoid traditional jeweler's chemicals, which are intended for other metals. For the most part, they do not work with aluminum, and some even cause a dangerous chemical reaction. (Do not use Win-Ox™ on jewelry that has aluminum components.)
Polishing and/or texturing aluminum jewelry:
Because aluminum is a soft metal, it's very popular for detailed metal stamped designs. However, this softness also makes it vulnerable to scratches.
Texturing your piece with a ball peen hammer gives a nice finish that helps mask scratches and often helps your stamped design stand out even better than on a plain background.
ULTRA polish pads give aluminum an almost mirror-like finish, or you can use steel wool to create a satin finish.
If you sell your jewelry, you may want to let your customers know that aluminum should be treated with care, or be brought back to you periodically for touch-up polishing.