Make this Homemade Holiday Gift:
Copper Bangles

HOMEMADE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA EXCHANGE: PROJECT #12

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Maker: Mette Jakobsen
Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: 30 minutes
Project Cost: About $4 each
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Copper is making a comeback (if it ever really left). Here is how to craft some penny-hued bangles for the fashionistas on your list.

Materials & Tools:

  • Copper tubes (I've used 10 mm)




  • Saw to shorten the copper tube

  • Rolling pin
  • Sledgehammer
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandpaper
  • Hard surface (using a vice or another kind of steel surface makes it easier to flatten the tube)


Instructions:

  1. Shorten a piece of copper tubing using your saw.
  2. Put on your safety goggles, and place the tube on your steel base, hitting it repeatedly with the sledgehammer until it is flattened and malleable.
  3. Wrap the flexible copper around the rolling pin, and use the hammer to further shape it.
  4. If you prefer a more oval bracelet, freestyle a bit by bending it.
  5. Smooth the edges and all corners of the bracelet with steel wool or sandpaper.
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Thanks to Mette for sharing the Copper Bangle gift idea. Check out her blog, monsterscircus for more of her creativity and style.



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(Image credits: Mette Jakobsen; monsterscircus)