Sep 4, 2010

14 Gauge Aluminum Cuffs - Chunky is Good

I've been having fun with my new metal cutting equipment. 
 I finally took the plunge, dropped the big bucks.
 I've started working with 14 gauge aluminum. 
 What a difference. Most cuffs available right now are 20 gauge. 
But 14 gauge is much thicker. 
 The nice thing about 14 gauge aluminum is that 
when you're metal stamping there's less chance of ruining 
the strength of the piece by over working it.
Here's a sample of the cuff that I cut, stamped, 
shaped, sanded, and polished. 

I call this HAPPY GARDEN!http://www.etsy.com/listing/55542001/happy-flower-garden-cuff-in-aluminum 
Yesterday I posted some of these cuffs for sale on my site gottagettadeal. 
 It will be interesting to see what kind of response I get to these. 
Let me know what you think about the 14 gauge cuffs?

I also made a pendant today using even thicker aluminum sheet. 
 This was .065.http://www.etsy.com/listing/55541554/round-tree-pendant-in-aluminum-on-brown?ref=v1_other_2

I used the wooden dapping block 
to get the dome shape to the pendant.
These are also available on my ETSY site gottagettadeal.
The wooden block is much nicer when working 
with softer metals like silver and aluminum.
The metal dapping blocks can smash the metal stamping designs.

I know I keep promising.... but this is the week 
I am finally going to start putting short little YOUTUBE
videos of different jewelry making techniques.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

And have fun creating!
Liz

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