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Making A Bearclaw Bracelet

Making a Bearclaw Bracelet

–  gold paws appliquéd on silver base

 

how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet This is the Procedure for a 1″ Bearclaw Bracelet with 3 – 14k gold paws appliquéd, (soldered), on.

An Appliqué Ring has about twice as many steps due to the soldering, grinding, cleaning and bending process…twice as much work for half the size.

Both appliqué metals are 1mm thick

Making A Bearclaw Bracelet - silver , with 14k white gold in the center left and 14k yellow gold This shows the difference between silver and gold.

The 2 outside strips are silver , with 14k white gold in the center left and 14k yellow gold on the center right.

 

Metal Alloy Content Chart here

how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 1. The gold is cut or punched from a sheet
Making A Bearclaw Bracelet - how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 2. The design is laid out with a ruler and a circle template

3. The metal is cut out with a very thin jewelers saw, hence, the blade is about as wide as a sewing needle.

how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 4. The cut out pieces are filed and sanded clean with 400 grit sand paper
Making A Bearclaw Bracelet - how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 5. As a result, the pieces are laid out and ready to solder
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 6. After a bath of flux they are soldered together
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 7. It is buffed , ( and most of all , buffed again), to remove any scale. The pre-buffing also assures that the piece is not over buffed after being engraved
Making A Bearclaw Bracelet - how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 8. Ready for engraving
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 9. The strip is laid out on a ‘block’ and held on with jewelers cement. The block rotates in all directions
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet
10. Making A Bearclaw Bracelet – engraving and finishing

The engraving is done with these small chisels called gravers that fit in the palm of the hand and are pushed around the metal.

Making A Bearclaw Bracelet - how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 11. The finished engraved bracelet
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 12. The corners are cut and rounded off, filed and sanded. The piece is signed on the back and attached back to the block if any inscription is to be done on the inside.
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 13. Another buffing to remove any scratches on the inside before it is bent
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 14. Using a dapping block the piece is pounded into shape. As a result, his pounding ‘work hardens’ it and gives it the spring and strength it needs. I cover the piece with an old leather belt so I don’t mark it again.
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 15. Finally it is buffed on the face and edges, but most importantly, without removing or rounding off the sharp engraved lines and edges
how to make an appliqued cuff bracelet, gold paws on 1" silver bracelet 16. Boiled in hot water and dish soap and then into the Ultrasonic cleaner to remove any buffing compound.
17. Wipe it dry and off to another happy customer.
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