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Jigsaw Bracelet Project Posted on May 13, 2014

Free Project to print off and keep.

Make a statement with this chunky bracelet. The links are made using our jigsaw cutter. There is no need for any calculations as the links are joined together through a series of jump rings. These enable you to adjust the length of the bracelet to fit your wrist.

 

Supplies:

Pack of 27.8g of PMC3, 1.5mm spacers and roller, Teflon sheet, paintbrush and water, badger balm, texture mat, Jigsaw cutter, hand drill, sandpaper, 7 or 9mm jump rings and a clasp

You will also need a plastic drinking cup or glass (or similar) to dry the links over, firing and polishing tools

Instructions:

  • Roll the clay out on a piece of Teflon using the spacers and roller
  • Rub some badger balm on the texture mat and press firmly into the clay
  • Use the jigsaw cutter to cut out as many pieces as you can
  • Roll the clay out again taking care you roll it in a shape similar to the jigsaw cutter to create the final and fourth shape.
  • Use a damp paintbrush and a little water to smooth the edges.
  • Lay the glass on its side and rub with some badger balm. This will allow you to re-position the clay whilst wet.
  • Lay the links over the side of the glass to create a slight curve and leave to dry completely.  
  • Drill a hole at either end of each link to allow you to connect the links with the jump rings once fired. Sand any rough edges if needed.

Kiln firing: Fire at 700C for 20 mins. This can be done by running the PMC3 Fast Programme twice.

Torch firing: Fire each link individually. Lay on a piece of kiln pillow to support the link. Heat the piece until it glows a pale orange. Start your timer and fire for about 3 minutes.

Polishing by hand: Support each link on a rubber block and use a stainless steel brush and agate burnisher to polish, 

Polishing in a tumbler: Place in the barrel with 1/3 -1/2 teaspoon of tumbler soap. Cover the piece with water and tumble for 2 hours. 

Assembling the bracelet

Us a pair of jewellery pliers and jump rings to connect the links together. 

   

 

by Helen O'Neill , under   bracelet  jigsaw cutter  pmc3  project

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