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SINCE I BEGAN making things, they have always been one-of-a-kind. This bracelet is an exception. Originally, I made one for myself and wore it regularly. Then my daughter-in-law spotted it, tried it on, and loved it. She said she would definitely wear it so I gave it to her, but when I returned home I missed wearing the bracelet so much that I made another for myself. Although I have made many nice bracelets over the years, this is by far my go-to favorite. Ideal for casual wear as well as more dressy occasions, it is really comfy and fun to wear, and I have received many compliments on it.

The mokume gane sheet metal used for this project was purchased ready-made and combined with a hammer textured sterling silver back plate to give it an Old World look. The bracelet is easy to make, requires minimal metalsmithing experience, and can be fabricated without a torch and very few tools. The project is perfect for all skill levels.

MOKUMÉ TEMPLATE

Prepare a template for the mokume gane. It is much easier to draw this pattern using graph paper with a ¼-inch grid. Use a pencil and ruler to draw the pattern. Draw six rectangles measuring ½" by ¾" with slightly rounded

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