Stainless bracelets

thughes

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Hi all,
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I looked back and couldn't find it. Does anyone know where i can purchase pre cut stainless bracelets that are more or less ready to cut? I'm just at the practice stage and I don't need to screw up any nice silver yet.

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Copper will cut with almost the same feel as silver. You can order it sheared into a number of pieces: 5.7 in, by say, .9 in, which is a good bracelet practice size. Go for 16 gauge thickness.

If you have access to a small wood band saw, this will cut copper/silver/brass easily. Another approach, super glue or epoxy a sheet of copper onto a piece of 3/4 in fiber board or wood. Band saw the combined coppper/wood up into the above sized strips and each piece is ready to hold in the ball vise?

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I don't have a picture but I used my hands to get the initial shape of cuff then used a piece of pipe, some masking tape over the cuff to protect it and a rawhide mallet to get the right curve to the ends.
It is a lot harder to cut than sterling or even regular steel. I am using a Magnagraver with a Dumore flexhaft that's older than me. Maybe working at a slow impact rate helped me. Keeping the tip of graver lubed is important. I used tapping fluid which seemed to work.
It was 18ga.
I'm not sure what their minimum would be. When I stopped by, I just got a dozen. They cut them the same day. I still have 6 left after buggering up the rest plus one that was good enough for a last minute gift for my daughter. If I can get the courage up, I will post pic.
 
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You can buy a 410 stainless stainless steel project plate part #024-030 from GRS. It measures 203 X 63 x2mm. They also sell copper pre shaped bracelets as well.

It's very nice to cut and I've used it on a few bits and peices myself.

Cheers
Andrew
 

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save your cash, for now. go to your local junkyard with a magnet. find something that's of a workable size. if the magnet sticks, the stuff will likely engrave ok. then when you're comfy with cutting this, buy the real deal. happy motoring
 

KSnyder

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Hey Monk, our local junkyards dont really allow wandering about with a magnet to find a piece of "fake stainless".most of the metal is from wrecked cars. I worked in the jet ignitor industry for a while and stainless i worked with dont go to a magnet.think I'll check out GRS & cut from a sheet.
 

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that's a bummer. my local yard allows total access to whatever is there. a month ago i got a piece of very clean copper-- .062" x 16 x 16". a steal of a deal for $14.00. i've made quite a few buckle blanks from this. with luck, the investment will increase quite a bit.
btw, that stuff isn't fake stainless. it just has enough iron content to attract a magnet, and not as much chrome, and the other alloyed materials.
sadly, things have "tightened" a bit there; about 3 weeks ago a friend there operating a cutting torch, was killed by a falling piece of steel. "osha" showed up and made a horses' rearend of themselves. the guys there want me to make a memorial stone for him. will post a foto when it's finished.
 
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