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Fresh Pots Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Jaci Boston
Use silhouettes of multiple teapots and teacups to make this design. No two are alike.
Use rubber cement to glue the paper images to the metal.
Saw vertically at all times and use cut lube; this helps ensure a longer life on the saw blade.
For the handles, punch a starter hole with the 2-hole punch. This tool does not deform the metal like plier-style punches.
File any rough spots.
Jaci created the designs for etching, using a combination rubber stamps and hand-drawn images.
If you don't like a design placement element, use rubbing alcohol or StazOn Cleaner to remove the stamped or drawn image from the brass before etching.
Follow directions included with the etching kit exactly! This is very important to avoid any sort of malfunction or injury. Additional information can be found on Rings & Things metal etching blog post.
Patina the etched pieces before assembling bracelet.
Follow instructions in Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet to make wrapped loop dangles with all the bicones and crystal pearls. Attach 4-6 of these dangles in random groupings to a jump ring.
Add a jump ring to the handle of each teapot and each teacup, and attach these to the bracelet chain, alternating the teacups and teapots with a grouping of dangles.
Design Option: Consider using ready-made teapot charms, if sawing your own from sheet is more than you want to tackle.