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    Hi, I'm looking for some advice on making a piece of jewellery.

    I was in a bead shop last week with my wife and I saw a metal cuff bracelet. It looked like it may have been made from brass, it was hammered in appearence on the inside. It was about 3/4cm wide and on the outside was some form of black resin which had been spread across the cuff and used to stick things such as beads and other colourful obejects to the surface. What caught my eye was a small broken watch face had been stuck onto it and also a part of the watch mechanism had been stuck along side. It looked really nice.

    So for mothers day I want to make my wife one very similar, as we've recently had a little girl who's 6 weeks old. I'm going to try and get an old broken watch face, the ones that shows the date. Then set the date and time to when my daughter was born and then set it onto the cuff.

    What I need to know is what type of resin or something similar could I use to attach objects to a hammered metal cuff and where could I buy it online? Also where would be a good place to purchase a hammered metal cuff? I don't want something that's going to turn her wrist green but nothing too expensive that I'm just going to deface anyway.

    I'm looking to spend around 30/40 pound all together. Any idea's on the resin? That's my main query. I'll need something that will stick and not fall off or react with the matal, that's my main concern.

    Thank you,

    Jack.
    Last edited by Arctic Jack; 11-03-2009, 04:32 PM. Reason: Grammer

  • #2
    Good luck with the help needed Jack, Im sure our talented jewellery makers will be along soon.

    Just wanted to say Hello & to the forum
    Sarah

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    • #3
      Hi Jack


      Sorry I can't help with your query, I am sure some one who can will be along soon.

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      • #4
        What a kind and thoughtful idea. Well done you on that.

        Sorry I cant help but I dont make jewellery, I'm sure someone will be along to help soon though.

        Just thought I'd say hiya and welcome too
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        • #5
          hiya and welcome

          the design of the piece you saw is called "steampunk" jewellery , the glue normally used is E-6000 .
          If you google making steampunk jewelry ( spelt the american way ) it gives alot of detail
          hope that helps and let us know how you get on
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          • #6
            Originally posted by beckyboo View Post
            hiya and welcome

            the design of the piece you saw is called "steampunk" jewellery , the glue normally used is E-6000 .
            If you google making steampunk jewelry ( spelt the american way ) it gives alot of detail
            hope that helps and let us know how you get on
            Thank you everyone.

            Beckyboo, after looking up your suggestions. While steampunk jewellery is similar, my cuff wasn't as mechanical as the steampunk photo's I've been looking at. The cuff I saw in the shop looked homemade with beads and sparkly bits the only think mechanical was the watch face. The E-6000 as you'll probably know is a glue, I was looking for a resin to smear and then set things in. Like you'd smear chocolate on a cake and set smarties in .

            You've given me another avenue to look down anyway.

            Thank you.

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            • #7
              nice to see you here. Hope you plan to stay around, we do lots of "Brain Picking" so you might find it useful.
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              • #8
                http://www.homecrafts.co.uk/products...l_PB766334.htm

                Something like this? Says it can be coloured too, maybe that would work?
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                • #9
                  huff . why cant my OH be that thoughtful ???
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                  • #10
                    HI

                    Try www.fredaldous.co.uk for crafty metal bits, theres loads to look at.
                    I think resin only works in molds.Not sure what you could use that wouldnt fall off.Maybe you could use ribbons instead if its possible(depending on what watch face you find)
                    Watch faces, probably best place is ebay.
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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      Plastidip looks like a possibility - it's flexible and is available in Clear, could be worth experimenting - it's bound to be useful around the house/car anyway!
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                      • #12
                        Grrrr just typed a reply and it disappeared .... lol

                        For cuffs I would goto http://stores.channeladvisor.com/acc...20and%20Cuffs/ she has brass and antiqued silver in a few styles and is not expensive. You might some ideas on her site as she has free ideas to look at. Delivery is free from the usa and their is no minimum order charge, they are very reliable.

                        For the glue I would use expoxy resin, it sets in 4 minutes and they also do a longer during one, but I always use the quick one, if you use this it is best to get your bits and bobs arranged before hand so you know what you are doing as once set it is as hard as rock ... lol

                        It is only a few pounds for any diy shop or craft shop.

                        Hope that helps. Very thoughtful and unique gift, she will love it. Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
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                        • #13
                          I would go with friendly plastic. can be heated with water or on a hot plate. Comes in some fantastic colours too.
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                          I think Fred Aldous stock it.
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                          • #14
                            Great advice guys! And that is a really nice present-she will adore you for it! I'm sorry i don't have the answer but just wanted to say good luck with it, let us know how you get on !
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                            • #15
                              I came across a fantastic cuff on etsy that looks ideal

                              http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php...in=&max=&order=

                              has a lovely patina
                              Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

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