Making Bangle Bracelets From Reclaimed Copper Tubing
The other day, my husband, Joe, came into the house. He had been out in the garage and I had heard some banging, but you know how old guys do when they are semi-retired. The sounds of banging are not an unusual sound around my house.
He held out something at me and said, "Look what I made out of that old copper pipe we had." I must say I was stunned. I was looking at a beautiful bangle bracelet. He had polished it and buffed it and it was gorgeous and I told him so.
He asked me if I thought I could put it in my Etsy shop. Now, he has asked me this before and the answer has always been a resounding "NO". But this time, I said yes.
I really like the simple design of this bracelet and I told him so.
I had seen a recent tutorial on making bracelets from copper piping but he hadn't seen it.
I think I like this one better.
He went back out to make another one, but this one was a bit lopsided.
I pointed out that it wasn't round enough and he tried to pass it off as being handmade. Being the perfectionist that I am I told him he would have to go try again, but we were both concerned that the copper might be too brittle at this point for much more manipulation.
So, I used it as an opportunity to talk to him about heat annealing. He doesn't like me showing him how to do anything - he takes it as criticism. I guess 32 years together can do that to a couple. But, he listened and watched while I played with it over the burner on our gas stove. I knew that if I was careful, it could become a beautiful rainbow of color and he watched as it became the beautiful bracelet you see above.
It didn't take much for him to maneuver it into a beautiful bangle shape. After a bit of hardening and polishing in the tumbler, it was ready to go.
I also loaned him my steel bracelet mandrel that I have had about two years and had never taken out of the box.
He is working on some different textures and having a ball. Nothing makes him happier than a big hammer and being able to pound on things.