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Porcelain Jasper Inlaid Cuff

This is the cuff I made for the Beginning Inlay Video project. I’m very happy with it for a number of reasons. First, it’s always fun to have an idea in your head and when you finish the project, it looks WAY better than you ever could have imagined.
Second, I love the way the colors in the Porcelain Jasper interact with the copper. It really sets both off and makes the cuff oh-so-much more interesting.
Third, I like to add a splash of unexpected color to my pieces, because it is visually interesting and the shear unexpected-ness of it catches your eye and makes you take notice. The first piece next to the silver and copper overlay does that with a splash of pink.
And finally, I think this will really help people who are trying inlay for the first time. The only other thing I would say is have patience and enjoy the process.

2 thoughts on “Porcelain Jasper Inlaid Cuff

  1. HI Jeff, I recently purchased your Beginning Inlay DVD, and I understood everything EXCEPT how in the world did you hammer the triangular wire around a mandrel without flattening/distorting the triangular shape? Also the triangle wire cleaved apart from the sheet metal base,despite a consistent flow of hard solder. Please advise !

    1. Hi Nancy – First, I’m so sorry for taking so long to get back to you. For some reason your message went to spam. Anyway, first, I would solder with medium solder. Second, if the piece is soldered, it won’t come apart, so my guess is you probably had an area that looked soldered but really wasn’t, unless you really beat the CRAP out of it… As for forming, on an oval bracelet mandrel that is bolted down, I start at one end of the blank and shape one side, up to the middle, then turn it around and shape the other side. Then usually, I have to shape the ends a little more. (Forming a bracelet is half technique and half art) So my guess is that as you get better, you’ll use less hammer blows and won’t deform the metal. If you do deform the triangle a little, file the inside to give you a straight channel. Good luck and let me know if I can help. In the future, email me directly at artistjeff54@gmail.com Hope this helps.

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