Sterling silver wolf bracelet

Hi there and welcome to my new blog . I will jump right into it with my first project . A sterling silver running wolf bracelet.

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I used 18 gauge sterling silver for this  but you can make it also in copper ,bronze or brass.

I cut a 1 inch wide by 6 inch long strip from the sterling sheet. 3 wolfs were transfered onto the silver and cut out via jewelers saw and 1/0 saw blades . I soldered the wolfs onto the strip and then pickled it. Round the edges.

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Start adding texture with chasing tools or if you don’t have any use screw drivers and nails .

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After adding the texture start bending by hand around a bracelet mandrel . I use a wooden one as that is what I prefer ( the steel ones marr the metal to much – at least in my experience.  When you cannot bend anymore by hand use a nylon or rawhide mallet to hammer the bracelet into shape.

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Satisfied with the shape ? Now you can begin the polishing . I have a large polishing machine ( one of the best investments I made )

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After the pre polish I added patina ( mine is a brush on Lifer of sulfur ) stinks like rotten eggs but gives you a nice consistent dark patina. Polish again and voila done .

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You can check out this bracelet and other things at my etsy store at

www.nicilaskin.etsy.com

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