Monogrammed Copper & Brass Cuff

by Nita Bourne.
(Enterprise, Alabama, USA)

Monogrammed Copper & Brass Cuff by Nita Bourne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Photoetched monogram on copper

There’s a fear factor in trying new things, but there’s also the exhilaration of getting it right. With this cuff I experimented with riveting, fold forming, and a process called photoetching. I can’t get over how well this turned out on my first attempt.

Monogrammed Copper & Brass Cuff by Nita Bourne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Fold formed cuff for added interest

The cuff is 1 inch x 6.75 inches and made from 22ga brass which I folded and hammered to give the cuff interest. The monogram was photoetched onto a 1 x 2 inch 22ga piece of copper. Once the photetching was done, the copper was cut into an oval and stamped around the edges. The copper was riveted to the brass and then formed into a cuff. I used liver of sulfur for the patina. After a good polishing, I added a couple of coats of Protectaclear for extra shine and protection.

Monogrammed Copper & Brass Cuff by Nita Bourne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Marking where the copper piece will fit and where to fold the brass

The photoetching was done with a laser printer and ferric chloride. Super simple! I followed the instructions in this article by Karen Christians I can’t wait to try it on something more detailed than a monogram!

Monogrammed Copper & Brass Cuff by Nita Bourne  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Brass after fold forming and hammering

Please don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. This cuff was my idea, my design. I’ve never fold formed or photoetched metal before this and look how beautiful it turned out. Did I make mistakes? Of course I did! But we learn from our mistakes, that’s what make us better at what we love to do.

Nita Bourne
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  • I love this bold monogrammed cuff, Nita! The textured border around the letters is really cool, and I like the fold-forming and distressing on the cuff. I can see this monogrammed bracelet design being a popular gift. And I’m so glad you mentioned not letting the fear factor hold you back! Valuable advice to all of us! πŸ™‚

  • Nita says:

    Rena, I live in in the country so you and the JMJ community are a great support network. My thanks to you and and the JMJ community.

  • My pleasure, Nita. We’re so glad to have you here! πŸ™‚

  • Patti Pojer says:

    I love cuffs ! This is amazing,, really appreciate all the information and advice ! yes fear should not hold us back thank you

  • Moogie says:

    Your cuff is amazing in so many ways! The fact that this is your first attempt & that you learned from information on the internet is crazy cool! At least I assume that’s where you got your info. Really great job & thanks for sharing.

  • Nita says:

    Thank you. Yes, almost everything I’ve learned has been from the internet. In the beginning I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with a silversmith before she moved. She exposed me to the basics such as the different tools and how to hold them properly. It was a two hour drive but well worth it. The internet is a wealth of information but it can’t point out when you’re doing something incorrectly. (She would always fuss at me for putting my index finger on the shaft of the hammer while hammering pointing out that it will cause trigger finger.)

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