Challenging One – Done

I recently held an anticlastic cuffs class and I thought you would enjoy seeing Kathy Oxford’s bracelet. Kathy is undaunted by challenges – soldering wire to the topper, and then soldering the topper to the cuff without affecting the wire. That’s a double challenge.

Anticlastic Cuff by Kathy Oxford

Anticlastic Cuff by Kathy Oxford

Jewelry making teaches us so many life lessons and walking tall in the face of challenge is certainly one of them. Just to prove Kathy comes from strong stock, she lost her home in the 2007 Witch Creek fire. She faced the loss with great courage and not only rebuilt her own home, she became a community leader helping others re-build. Kathy is tenacious and I have no doubt that when she sets her mind to something it will be done.

Here is what Kathy had to say about this cuff:

This was tough (torch still the problem). Couldn’t get ex easy solder to flow on back rails of topper ???. I ended up tucking on top of cuff—very close to the topper with lots of white out. That did it—but still not a great flow. Victory!

Congratulations Kathy!

I would love to share other student’s bracelets. Just send me an image.

~Connie

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6 Comments

  1. Zineb Harvey

     /  May 8, 2014

    Thank you so much for the instructions. Beautiful cuff! I look forward to see you all at metal week!

  2. Kathy Oxford

     /  May 5, 2014

    Hi Zineb. So good to hear from you. Went like this:
    1. Made hollow form first
    2. Formed squiggle shape w/ 20g SS w/ pliers- tack soldered in 2 spots to hold it
    3. Ran squiggle thru rolling mill- ‘lightly’ for strength and flatness (not flattened)
    3. Pick soldered the squiggle form to back of hollow form in about 3 spots
    4. Followed Connie’s directions to put top on the cuff
    Will I see you at Idyllwild this year!

  3. Kathy Oxford

     /  May 5, 2014

    Hi Mary. Thank you for your compliment and your question. It was one of those brass pattern strips. I believe I got this one from Metalliferous. I like it lots too.

  4. Mary

     /  May 4, 2014

    Fantastic piece! Just wondering…. what was used to get the great texture on the hollow form?

  5. Connie

     /  May 4, 2014

    Hi Kathy – here is Zineb’s question from Facebook: “Which was soldered first? The wires or the hollow form?”

  6. Kathy Oxford

     /  May 4, 2014

    Testing

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