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Copper cuffs are part of our history. In fact, they have been part of many ancient cultures including the Egyptians, Incas, Mayans and Chinese.  In the Mayan and Egyptian culture in particular, cuffs were an important adornment and measure of social class. These bracelets were composed mainly of metal.

copper cuff bracelet When designing a pure copper bracelet, I love working with  the copper in the design because copper offers so many options to add color to the metal. Did you know that by using a simple recipe of ammonia and vinegar, we can make the copper turn blue-green? And this is just one of the endless patinas available in my copper cuff bracelets.
pure copper bracelet For this reason, most of my pieces include at least one element of this metal. Many are pure copper bracelets with each component sporting a different patina (or color). Possibilities are endless as you will see while viewing my available designs. Each one is one-of-a-kind, making a very unique bracelet. I simply have way too many ideas in my head to keep making the same design over and over!
Such is the dilemma of an artist. When customers ask how I think of all these designs, I have to reply: “ I cannot STOP the ideas from filling my mind and exploding out onto my jewelry bench.”
silver cuff bracelet Some of my bracelets are designed in sterling silver too. I love the richness of this metal in a cuff bracelet. For the most part though my jewelry will feature one element in silver, and the remaining elements in pure copper.
Gemstone are added to some of my designs too. I love combining the earthiness of the silver and copper metals with the beauty of the gems. In fact gems such as turquoise and malachite are often found when mining copper. That’s why these particular gems really ‘pop’ against the copper in these handcrafted copper bracelets.

Have fun searching my collection of copper bracelets for sale for your perfect copper cuff. Keep in mind that you will wear the unique adornment for many years.

Choose one that speaks to you… and Enjoy!

 

Read my new articles on Sterling Silver Rings,  Copper Jewelry.


Do you love Copper Cuffs? See my newest collection of Copper Bracelets for sale.

new cuff 2nd batchI have been playing around with a new technique I learned from a recent class with cuff process conversationEva Sherman. (instructor extraordinaire).    Once we had learned this process of crimping the metal, I put my own spin on it.. Because that’s the way creative people think. 
So I combined the crimping with corrugation, forging, mixed metals and different patinas.

Voila! A collection of handcrafted copper bracelets is born.

I will be photographing and listing the first 5 cuff bracelet designs (each one is limited edition of one) on my web site. alenesadornments
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The Cultural Significance of the Bracelet
from Wikipedia

Although the term armlet may be technically similar, it is taken to mean an item that sits on the upper shoulder: an arm ring. The origin of the term 'bracelet' is from the Greek 'brachile' meaning 'of the arm', via the Old French 'bracel'.

Cultural significance

The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE. Starting with materials like bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. From the National Geographic Society, the Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies. Myth told of the scarab god, Khepri, pushing the sun across the sky.

In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Novosibirsk, working at the site of Denisova Cave in theAltai Mountains of Siberia, uncovered a small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin, dubbed the "X woman" (referring to the maternal descent of mitochondrial DNA,[1]) or the Denisova hominin. Artifacts, including a bracelet, excavated in the cave at the same level were carbon dated to around 40,000 BP.

In Bulgaria there is a tradition called Martenitsa, which sometimes involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Martain order for spring to come sooner.

In Greece a similar tradition, weaving a bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March and wearing it till the end of summer, is called "Martis" and is considered to help protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun.

In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status.[citation needed]

In Sikhism a bracelet is one of the mandatory articles known as the Five Virtues.

In Latin America, Azabache Bracelets are worn to protect against the Mal de ojo, or evil eye. The evil eye is believed to result of excessive admiration or envious looks by others. Having newborn babies wear an azabache (a gold bracelet or necklace with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist), is believed to protect them from the evil eye.


Metal Fusing Creates Beautiful Jewelry


Fusing Sterling Silver and Pure Copper is a process I began using the first few months of my metal work education.

Mospure copper braceletmetal is joined together using solder  (with heat) or cold connection (with rivets). Of course I now use both of those methods in many designs of handcrafted copper bracelets.

But fusing is still the most fun!

This process joins the metal by creating enough heat to melt parts of the metal.
The TRICK is to remove the heat just BEFORE the whole piece melts into a blob! Wonder how I know this?  I have created a few ‘blobs’ during my learning process in making cuff bracelets.

I mostly use scrap pieces that have been cut or filed from other designs. The idea of reusing this material instead of discarding it appeals to me. Silver scraps can be sent to a refinery for reimbursement, too, but reusing the metal myself makes more sense.

Here is what I love MOST about this process. The metals take on a mind of their own.  As the components melt many of the pieces mo2 dare to dream copperve or only partially melt. I have an idea of what I want the design to look like, but honestly until the heating process is completed, I dont have a clue how the design of the copper cuff will look.
That’s what makes this process my favorite. I even named a collection after it. It is called the DARE to DREAM Series. It embodies our need to take a risk, step back and let things happen.

Many of my pure copper bracelets feature this process as well.  Visit my web site to see the full collection of copper  bracelets for sale.

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