Fold Formed Recycled Copper Bracelets


I make these bracelets from discarded pieces of plumbing pipe. I measure and cut the pipe into six inch lengths, heat them with a torch to soften the metal, and crush them with a ten ton press. That gives me six inch strips of copper sheet. I heat them with the torch because getting crushed made the metal harden, and heat softens it. At this point the copper sheet is dirty and the inside is full of minerals from the drinking water, so I soak them in vinegar to dissolve some of that calcium, and give them a good scrub to clean them. After drying, I measure and mark the width I want for my bracelets and cut the strips. I heat them with the torch. In this case I fold them with my hands and pound them flat at the fold. Next I heat them, let them cool and open them again. I do that over and over until I get the design I want. Then I put on my mask and gloves and file the sharp edges and do a nice polish all over with my bench grinder. Lastly, I form them into cuffs and put them in the tumbler to work harden.

All bracelets are stamped on a six inch recycled copper bar. The cuffs are formed to include a 1/2 to 1" gap, so they will be approximately 6 1/2 to 7" in diameter and can be adjusted somewhat to be bigger or smaller. The bar width is one and 1/4 of an inch.


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Due to the recycled nature of this copper, it may be slightly distressed looking. There may be scratches or marks in the metal, or the band may not be totally straight. These imperfections are not to be seen as defects, but unique qualities of using recycled or reclaimed metals. I try my best to keep these imperfections to a minimum.

This item comes in a Kraft gift box for safe shipping or thoughtful gift giving.

We always welcome custom orders, if you would like something made to your specifications please let us know by sending us an email.





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