Rosie Bracelet
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Rosie Bracelet

A bracelet of forged rings held shut with ball rivets looks both modern and timeless. This is a free bonus project excerpted from the book entitled Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings by Joanna Gollberg The book is available for sale in select Michaels stores and to U.S. customers at books.michaels.com

Designed by Vicki Cook.

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Wire, 12 ga. – Copper (5')
  • Wire, 16 ga. – Silver (11¾")
  • Wire, 8 ga. – Copper (2")
  • Bench Pin
  • Steel Block
  • Jeweler’s Saw Frame and Blades
  • Needle Files – Assorted
  • Metal File
  • Sandpaper, 220 and 400 Grit
  • Rawhide (or Plastic or Wooden) Mallet
  • Flexible Shaft Drill
  • Wood Block
  • Drill Bits– Assorted
  • Burs– Assorted
  • Scribe
  • Stainless Steel Ruler
  • Permanent Marker (or Felt-tip)
  • Pliers
  • Center Punch
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Dust Mask
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Soldering Torch
  • Round Mandrels, ½" and 1"
  • Raising Hammer
  • Anvil
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 Using the 12 ga. wire, make two rings with a diameter of 1.2cm, and eight with a diameter of 2.5cm.

Step 2 Open the rings and forge their ends flat with a raising hammer. File and sand all the ends round.

Step 3 Align the edges of each ring, hold each one upright on an anvil, and tap it lightly with a mallet to make it slightly oval and to cause the ends to overlap.

Step 4 Place all the rings flat on the anvil and apply a hammered texture to them.

Step 5 On each ring, use a center punch to mark a drill hole for a rivet in the center of the flared ends. Drill, using a 1.3mm bit. Use a 3mm bit to clean off the burrs and to slightly countersink both sides.

Step 6 Cut 10 pieces of fine silver wire, each 3/8" (1cm) long, and ball one end of each wire.

Step 7 Link the larger rings one into the next to form a chain. At one end, add one small link, and link the other small link to the previous small one. Check all the holes drilled in Step 5 for alignment, and adjust the shape of the rings as necessary.

Step 8 Fit, cut, and set one rivet at a time, resting the balled side of the rivet on a scrap of wood (the one you use for drilling into is fine) to keep it round.

Step 9 To make the toggle, forge the 8 ga. wire into square wire. File and sand both ends smooth. Mark the center with a center punch, then drill it with a 1.3mm bit. Countersink the hole on both sides, using a 3mm bit.

Step 10 Cut a piece of fine silver wire 1½" (3.8cm) long. Use a torch to ball one end. Slide the wire through the hole drilled into the toggle, and make a wrapped loop, catching the end of the chain with the small link in the loop. Cut off any excess wire.

Finished Size

9" (22.9cm) long
Each link: roughly 1" (2.5cm) in diameter

This is a free bonus project excerpted from the book entitled Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings by Joanna Gollberg The book is available for sale in select Michaels stores and to U.S. customers at books.michaels.com.
 

Tips

To adjust the size of the bracelet, use mandrels of slightly larger or smaller diameters.