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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

My "Hope" bracelet for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


My apologies for posting this after Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, but better late than not at all, I hope!

This project is dedicated to the women and men that I personally know who have been affected by cancer.  And in addition it is dedicated to all those whom I don't personally know.  You are all in my heart. 

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all
~ Emily Dickinson
Most of the materials and tools for my Hope bracelet came from ImpressArt, and you can read about them at the link above.

Materials and Tools

Copper and brass blank
Black acrylic paint
Brass jump rings, 7mm and 5mm
Short length of brass chain
Lobster claw clasp
Metal hole punch
Metal alphabet stamp set
Other decorative metal stamps (I used a song bird, awareness ribbon, and heart)
Torch
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
File 

1. Use a metal hole punch to add holes to any of the blanks that don't already have them.  Use the alphabet and decorative stamps to add your message to the blanks.  Use the positioning tape to mark where each letter or symbol should go.

  

2. Treat each blank with fire if desired to bring out some interesting colors.  This heat treatment will also soften the metal a bit and make it easier to gently bend the pieces to better fit around your wrist.

 

3. Use a very fine black marker to darken the symbols and letters.



4. Use jump rings to attach the blanks together and to the chain.  Use another jump ring to attach the clasp.




5.  Give it to someone you love or wear it yourself!  Don't just wear it in October :-)

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received tools and materials free of charge from ImpressArt in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Copyright 2012 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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3 comments:

Matei B. said...

Awesome creation, beautiful handmade. Thanks for share!

Pat Gray said...

My mom was a 20+ year breast cancer survivor, and while she didn't let on, I'm sure it affected her year 'round, not just in October. Beautiful bracelet, great reminder...

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Pat. You're right...it's not something to forget about just because October is over.

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