Open and Close Carved Metal Clay Bracelet with Hidden Hinge

A hand-carved metal clay bracelet with a hinge hiding among the details
By Janet Alexander

A beautiful bracelet with decorative pin hinges intertwined in the design leaves people wanting to know how it works. I like to combine clay techniques with metalsmithing skills. Metal clay allows me to carve into the clay, making my own unique design, while metalsmithing allows me to quickly solder parts together.

ABOVE: Open and Close Carved Metal Clay Bracelet with Hidden Hinge by Janet Alexander, from the March/April 2018 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

Make Janet’s Hidden Hinge Metal Clay Bracelet

What You Need

Skills
Intermediate soldering
Stone setting
Basic metal clay

Materials
26mm x 26mm crazy lace agate
45 grams One Fire PMC sterling metal clay
15 grams PMC Flex metal clay
fine silver bezel wire
6mm round bezel cup settings (2ea)
6mm round cabochon garnets
16-gauge round Argentium sterling silver wire (5″)
14-gauge round sterling silver wire (1/2″)
Glue Dots® Adhesives Super-Strength
file folder cardboard
clear packing tape
masking tape

 

metal clay jewelry: Open and Close Carved Metal Clay Bracelet with Hidden Hinge

Open and Close Carved Metal Clay Bracelet with Hidden Hinge by Janet Alexander, from the March/April 2018 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Tools
Design: Scanner/photocopier, pencil, fine tipped permanent marker, scissors
Metalsmithing: Bracelet mandrel, flex shaft/rotary tool, steel or brass brush, torch, pickle pot, copper tongs, rinse water, torch, flush wire cutters, flat-nose pliers, flat medium grit file, radial bristle disc 80 grit, punch, #55 (1.27mm) drill bit, #38 (2.53mm) drill bit, #52 (1.55mm), 5/8″ diameter grinding wheel, burnisher
Soldering: Soldering setup, third hand with self-locking tweezers, extra pair of self-locking tweezers, flux, hard silver solder, medium silver solder, pickling solution
Clay: Acrylic work surface, roller, needle/pin tool, thickness guides for 1mm (4 playing cards), craft knife, dental tool carver, tiny needle files, a block to lift the work up off the table top while carving, brass millimeter gauge with sharp points, 4mm round ball bur, fiber bowl, vermiculite, lubricant for working clay
Firing: Kiln

JANET ALEXANDER is a 2015 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Finalist in metal clay and has spent 40+ years creating jewelry using metalsmithing and metal clay techniques. See her work at www.janetalexander.net.

See more from this issue in the March/April 2018 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Lookbook!


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