These cuffs feature a dark earthy texture. The minerals from our drinking water adhere to the inside of the pipe, and when we heat them with the torch they darken to create a cool look and texture.
We make these bracelets from discarded pieces of plumbing pipe. We 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 us six inch strips of copper sheet. We 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. We polish one side completely clean and for these particular bracelets, we leave the natural minerals on the other side to give it a rustic earthy look. We measure and mark the width we want for bracelets and then cut the strips. Heat them with the torch. Pound the strips straight and flatten them. Lastly, form them into cuffs with the mineral patina on the outside and put them in the tumbler to work harden.
All bracelets are formed using a six inch recycled copper bar. The cuffs are made 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 1/2 of an inch.
Due to the recycled nature of this copper, it may be slightly distressed looking. There may be scratches or marks in the metal. 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.