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Saturday Silversmithery – Copper and Fine Silver Cuff Bracelet

Much fun had yesterday in the studio, fusing fine silver to copper to make this bracelet. I love the contrast and texture and the range of colours that copper produces when heat is applied.
This isn’t quite finished as I want to file and carve out a few areas so that it isn’t so uniform in shape.

3 comments on “Saturday Silversmithery – Copper and Fine Silver Cuff Bracelet

  1. Tammi Sloan
    August 28, 2012

    How do you fuse fine silver to copper? I’ve been trying to fuse fine silver metal clay filings to a cleaned and pickled piece of copper, but nothing happens. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Tammi – mybrownwren.com

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    • kittykatmandoo
      August 28, 2012

      Hi Tammi, I burr up the surface first, so that both metals ‘bite’, add flux, and then use a very high flame. There isn’t a great deal of control over your silver because of the different melting points of both metals, but I flame until the silver runs. And I’ve had days where this method just does not work for me either. Sometimes I will add a small amount of silver solder paste, depending on the area I want to fuse, which helps it grab. Let me know how you go with it!

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      • Tammi Sloan
        August 29, 2012

        Kitty – thanks for getting back to me. I will give it a shot and let you know.

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