Gear Head Bracelet Instructions Designed by Artbeads
A little bit of mixed media and steampunk-inspired ingenuity is all it takes to complete this trendy cuff bracelet! The colorful base metal gears and satin cord help soften this style so it's appropriate for an array of fashion statements.
Step one: Use a heavy duty cutter to cut the 24 gauge Lillypilly 3x3-inch enchantment patina copper sheet into one 1 ¼ inch rectangular piece. Use the interchangeable texturing hammer with 9 texture faces to imprint the sheet. We used the "diamond cut" pattern on ours to resemble a snake skin look. Read our Handy Tip on how to use a texture hammer if you need help. Use a bench block for support.
Step two: Using nylon jaw pliers, bend the sheet to wrap around the cuff, covering the center front surface. The ends should fit snugly over the edges of the cuff.
Step three: Cut approximately nine feet of 2mm black satin cord and fold it in half. Rest the center fold atop one end of the cuff. Cross the cord ends together under the cuff and pull tight. This will create an "x" shape along the bottom of the cuff. Bring the cord ends back up and cross them again, getting as close as possible to the first cross. Repeat this along the remaining surface of the cuff.
Step four: Once you reach the end of the cuff, wrap the cord ends around the cuff one time. Create a half knot (cross the ends together, loop one under and pull down) and add a dab of Beadfix super fast adhesive to hold the cord in place. Hold for a few seconds and then trim any excess.
Step five: Use a ball pein hammer and anvil edge to gently crease the Kabela Design antique silver-plated brass lily link, giving it a folded shape. Place one end of the link on one edge of the cuff and mark the desired spot on the link with a pen. Use the Metal Complex 1.5mm and 2mm hole punch to pierce the marked spot with holes to fit the 15mm stainless steel screws and bolts. Learn how to use a hole punch by reading our Handy Tip.
Step six: Drill a pen through the link to mark the cuff. Pierce the cuff with the hole punch. Fold the opposing end of the link to the cuff hole and mark with a pen. Then, pierce a hole through it. You may use nylon jaw pliers to clamp and guide the end down. Thread each hole with one screw, and then use heavy duty cutters to cut flush to the bolt and then use a needle file to trim and smooth them. Add a dab of Beadfix adhesive to the bolt, dabbing along the edges to keep the adhesive in place.
Step seven: Repeat steps five and six for the other cuff end with the second Kabela link.
Step eight: Stack the C-Koop gear embellishments into four random groupings and decide their placement. Using a pen, mark four spots along the cuff in between the cord to place the gear embellishments. Use the hole punch to pierce each marked spot with holes to fit the screws and bolts. Start with the 1.5mm end to see which screws and bolts fit this size, and then move up to the 2mm hole size if need be.
Step nine: Thread one screw and bolt through one gear embellishment grouping, and then thread it all though one hole. Cut flush to bolt using heavy duty cutters and a needle file to trim and smooth them. Be sure to choose a screw and bolt head that is bigger than the gear embellishment hole so the embellishment does not fall off. Cover the bolts underneath with the satin cord.
Estimated time: Less than 2 hours Difficulty level: Beginner
Tools and Supplies Used:
2mm Black Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0016)
ZambaPro® Nylon Jaw Pliers (TOOL-105)
Heavy Duty Cutter (TOOL-512)
End Cutters (TOOL-132)
BeadFix - Super Fast Adhesive - 3 gram (TOOL-163)
Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks (BLOCK02)
3PC 5 1/2-Inch Needle File Set Cut 2 (TOOL-0018)
Metal Complex 4oz Ball Pein Hammer with 10 Inch Wood Handle (TOOL-0011)
Straight Shears with Single Spring (TOOL-0023)
Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm Hole Punch (TOOL-0012)
Interchangeable Texturing Hammer with 9 Texture Faces (TOOL-0013)
3PC Standard Screwdriver Set (1mm, 1.2mm, 1.6mm) (TOOL-0026)
List of Components:
3/4-inch Aluminum Rounded Edge 20 Gauge Cuff Blank (CUFF06, qty 1)
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Enchantment Patina Copper Sheet 24 gauge (EMBMT-0124, qty 1)
Medium Blue Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0212, qty 1)
Large Olive Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0206, qty 1)
Small Olive Green Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0203, qty 2)
Small Red Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0204, qty 1)
Small Orange Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0210, qty 1)
Medium Black Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0214, qty 1)
Medium Brown Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0213, qty 1)
Small Blue Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0209, qty 1)
Small Orange Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0205, qty 1)
Large Red Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0208, qty 1)
Large Blue Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0200, qty 1)
Stainless Steel Screw and Bolt Set, 15mm (12 Set Pack) (EMBMT-0158, qty 1)
Kabela Design Antique Silver-Plated Brass Lily Link (FIND-0776, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Large Black Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0201)
Small Brown Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0211)
Large Brown Sectioned Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0202)
Large Brown Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0207)
Kabela Design 25mm Antique Brass Spoked Gear Link (FIND-0013)
Kabela Design 19mm Antique Brass Spoked Gear Link (FIND-0014)
Kabela Design 16mm Antique Brass Spoked Gear Link (FIND-0015)
Kabela Design 19mm Antique Brass Basic Gear Link (FIND-0018)
Kabela Design 16mm Antique Brass Basic Gear Link (FIND-0019)
Kabela Design 25mm Antique Brass Basic Gear Link (FIND-0017)
Kabela Design 19mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0002)
Kabela Design 16mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0003)
Kabela Design 25mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0001)
Kabela Design Antique Silver-Plated Brass My Love Embellishment (FIND-0781)
2mm Espresso Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0015)
2mm Ivory Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0017)
2mm Bright Rainbow Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0018)
2mm Silver Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0019)
2mm White Satin Cord - 100 yard Spool (STRNG-0020)