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.
4. The cut out pieces are filed and sanded clean with 400 grit sand paper
5. As a result, the pieces are laid out and ready to solder
6. After a bath of flux they are soldered together
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
8. Ready for engraving
9. The strip is laid out on a ‘block’ and held on with jewelers cement. The block rotates in all directions
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.
11. The finished engraved 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.
13. Another buffing to remove any scratches on the inside before it is bent
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.
15. Finally it is buffed on the face and edges, but most importantly, without removing or rounding off the sharp engraved lines and edges
16. Boiled in hot water and dish soap and then into the Ultrasonic cleaner to remove any buffing compound.