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« on: May 02, 2014 07:12:31 AM »



This is a cuff set that I had been thinking about lately.  I was inspired by several cuffs that I have on one of my "I want to make" boards.  Namely these ones...

For the idea of using the lobster clasps to attach the metal plates
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302189404285/

Because I love this design
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302187430887/

Love the combination of the metal etching and the riveted items
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302187430699/

Love this quote, which I found on Psyche's boards when stalking her for a recent swap.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302189526405/

I made two cuff bases and three metal plates that could be used in either cuff.



The first is a stiff, thick black leather cuff with two brown leather panels which hold the jump rings and lobster clasps to hold the panels.  I was experimenting with different ways of attaching things and used wire to "sew" the panels on.



The second cuff is made with red leather, and is open in the center - it is lighter, and more delicate looking.  I am contemplating adding a decorative element to the leather components.



Both attach to the wrists with snap clasps.

The three panels are made with brass cut to the same dimensions.  Two are acid etched, and the last just simply stamped.  All are curved to fit the wrist better, and after being patinaed, finished with Renaissance Wax and buffed to preserve the patina (hopefully).

This first one is based on the Edgar Allen Poe quote.



This one was acid etched with a checkerboard pattern, and hand image overlaid, then with various metal findings riveted on top.



This one is my version of the "bitch" cuff - more of a prototype, I may work out a more elaborate or cleaner version later.  My acid is old and used too - fresh acid will give a cleaner etch.



I quite like the idea of the interchangeable cuff, and will have to work on this idea a bit more, especially with a thinner, finer cuff.  I had made some patterned leather panels for the thicker cuff, in a beautiful teal coloured leather, but made a crucial mistake attaching one of them, so I used the plain brown leather instead.

Here's a bit more on my blog, with many more pics...

http://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2014/05/cuff-exchangeables.html
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014 07:20:43 AM »

Amazing and beautiful cuffs Onyx!  I love your idea of the interchangeable cuff! 
I think it would make for a fun swap where we could all just make the metal part to swap around once we standardized a cuff width.  If you do decide to do such a swap I'm in!  (Maybe it would get me jumpstarted on actually trying to acid etch!)
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014 07:39:05 AM »

these look great, and very clever.  The gears one is my favourite thought I like the ones with script too.  Your work always amazes me Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014 07:41:51 AM »

Great idea to make them interchangeable.  I love these and they make me wish I wore jewelry. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014 02:58:24 PM »

thanks!  I like the idea of making and exchanging the middle panels.   If we make the panels a standard size, the everyone could make their own cuff section to fit, maybe?
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014 03:50:21 PM »

thanks!  I like the idea of making and exchanging the middle panels.   If we make the panels a standard size, the everyone could make their own cuff section to fit, maybe?

Yes!!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014 04:46:33 PM »

Shall we see if we can drum up interest in the Swap ideas forum??? 
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014 06:07:05 PM »

Shall we see if we can drum up interest in the Swap ideas forum??? 

Yes, please!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2014 05:20:43 AM »

OK - posted if you want to take a look and add your voice!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433271.msg5191825#msg5191825
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014 07:51:56 AM »

Great idea!
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