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Mixed-media bangle

Faux bone bangle project uses a variety of jewelry-making techniques

Whether you choose to navigate a lot of jewelry-making territory or focus on just one technique or material, this mixed-media bangle project is all about exploration. I’ll show you how to work with Faux Bone (PVC sheet), how to texturize and foldform sterling silver, and how to add surface accents with tube-set stones, epoxy resin, and more. Let the trek begin...

Step-by-step instructions on fashioning the faux bone bangle begin below. For complete instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials 

  • Faux Bone sheet: 1⁄4-in. (6.5 mm) thick, 5 1⁄4 x 5 1⁄4 in. (13.3 x 13.3 cm)
  • Sterling silver sheet: 22-gauge (0.6 mm), dead-soft, 1 x 6 in. (25.5 x 152 mm)
  • Sterling silver wire: 14-gauge (1.6 mm), round, half-hard, 2 in. (51 mm)
  • Sterling silver wire, copper wire: scrap, various gauges for decorative rivets
  • Gemstones: round, faceted, assorted, 2.5 mm
  • Sterling silver tubing: 0.102-in. outside diameter, 0.082-in. inside diameter, 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Tools & supplies

  • Jeweler’s saw, #1 blades, 2/0 blades
  • Marker: fine tip
  • Compass
  • Bench pin
  • Scrap wood
  • Flex shaft
    - Various drill bits including 1.6 mm, 2.6 mm
    - 2.5 mm setting bur
    - Muslin buff: loosely sewn
  • Dust mask
  • Files: #2-cut half-round, #2-cut flat, #4-cut half-round
  • Wet/dry sandpaper: various grits
  • Silicon carbide sandpaper: various grits
  • Faux Bone forming tool (optional)
  • Metal shears
  • Torch station: torch, charcoal block, pickle pot with pickle, copper tongs
  • Texturing tools (choose from):
    - Hammers
    - Rolling mill
  • Bench vise with protected jaws
  • Hammers:
    - Plastic or nylon dead-blow hammer; or rawhide mallet
    - Cross-peen hammer
    - Riveting or ball-peen hammer
    - Chasing or planishing hammer
  • Bench block
  • Knife: dull blade
  • Pliers: flatnose
  • Center punch
  • Wire cutters
  • Finishing items (choose from):
    - Brass brush
    - Liver of sulfur
    - Scotch-Brite pad
  • Burnisher
  • Triangular scraper or knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Two-part epoxy resin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Palette knife, toothpick, or needle
  • Scribing tools (choose from):
    - Nails
    - Dental tools
    - Carving tools
    - Metal stamps
    - Leather stamps
    - Chasing tools
  • Epoxy adhesive
Instructions
Mixed media bangle 1
Photo 1
Mixed media bangle 2
Photo 2

Mark the Faux Bone. Use a jeweler’s saw with a #1 blade to cut out a 5 1⁄4 x 5 1⁄4-in. (13.3 x 13.3 cm) piece of 1⁄4-in. (6.5 mm)-thick Faux Bone. (On your Faux Bone piece, use a fine-tip marker and a ruler to draw a diagonal line connecting two opposite corners of the square. Repeat with the remaining two corners.

Place a compass point where the lines intersect at the center of the square. Open the compass to 1 1⁄2 in. (38 mm) and draw a circle. Open the compass to 2 1⁄4 in. (57 mm) and draw another circle [1]. The concentric circles you just drew are the inner and outer edges of the bangle.

Saw out the inner circle. Support the Faux Bone on a bench pin or scrap of wood. Secure a 1.6 mm drill bit in a flex shaft. Position the bit just within the inner circle, and drill through the Faux Bone.

Using a jeweler’s saw and a #1 blade, saw out the inner circle [2].

Mixed media bangle 3
Photo 3
Smooth the inner edges. Put on a dust mask. Round the bangle’s inner edge by holding the round side of a #2-cut half-round file against the circle at about a 30° angle and filing in a rocking motion toward the center of the hole [3]. Turn the Faux Bone over and repeat to round the other side of the edge.
Mixed media bangle 4
Photo 4
Mixed media bangle 5
Photo 5

Use 100-grit sandpaper to remove any file marks. Or, use a Faux Bone forming tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions to round and smooth both sides of the edge [4 and 5].

NOTE: To minimize airborne particulates, always wet-sand Faux Bone with water and wet/dry sandpaper.

Mixed media bangle 6
Photo 6
Mixed media bangle 7
Photo 7

Cut out the outer circle. Support the Faux Bone on your bench pin, and use a jeweler’s saw with a #1 blade to saw along the outer circle [6].

File the rough edge. Use a #2-cut flat file to remove any excess Faux Bone or rough areas from the outer edge of the bangle [7]. Keep the file perpendicular to the edge; do not round the edge at this time.

Mixed media bangle 8
Photo 8
Mixed media bangle 9
Photo 9

Mark a guideline on the bangle’s edge. Use a fine-tip marker to draw a line along the middle of the bangle’s outer edge, going halfway around the circle between the hatch marks left over from your diagonal lines [8].

Mark guidelines on the face and reverse of the bangle. On the face of the bangle, between the same set of hatch marks that you used to mark the edge, use a compass to draw half of a circle 3⁄8 in. (9.5 mm) from the bangle’s outer edge [9]. Repeat on the reverse side.

Mixed media bangle 10
Photo 10
Mixed media bangle 11
Photo 11

Bevel the bangle. Steady the bangle on your bench. Starting at the edge of the bangle (and working between the hatch marks), use a #2-cut flat file to file toward the center of the bangle and up to the guideline on the bangle’s face [10]. Continue until this side of the bangle is beveled. Repeat on the other side [11].

To continue reading step-by-step instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

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