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This gold and silver fused cuff
bangle offsets the hue in the blue titanium making a
bold vibrant statement, suitable for many occasions.
this step by step tutorial I apply several techniques,
like fusing metals and methods of working in titanium.
free tutorial follows the same format as all my other
premium tutorials. This gives you a good insight into
the technical teaching methodology.
I start with a strip of 1 mm thick
titanium (grade 5 ) and a strip of sterling silver also
1 mm thick.
First I draw my basic design of
the titanium out on the strip with a sharpie.
Then I pierce it out using a 3/0
saw blade and lots of lubricant like bees wax or oil.
Another method that works very
well is to print your design out on normal copy paper
and then glue the paper onto the titanium with a clear
Once the glue is dry, you smear
oil onto the paper and allow it to soak into the paper.
Wipe the excess off. The
remaining oil in the paper lubricates the blade very
Once I have the titanium pierced
out, I cut the rough shape of the silver out.
Because the silver will be fused
later, I make the strip of silver about 8 mm larger on
The titanium is
much harder than the silver, so it can be used as a
shape former for the silver.
The silver is
fitted on the underside of the titanium and then the
edges are bent upwards.
Then I smooth the
edges of the silver out to make it ready for fusing.
The edges are fused
using a reducing flame and a little flux.
Once the edges are
fused, the bangle is ready to be fused with 14ct yellow
I fuse the gold
onto the silver using a length of 1 mm 14ct gold wire.
Whenever one metal
is fused to another, the parent metal must have a higher
temperature than the applied metal.
Also, it is
important to weigh your gold before you start fusing.
The remaining gold
is then weighed afterwards to determine how much gold
bangle like this would typically use 5 grams of gold.
The bottom of
the bangle should have a soft curve for comfortable
|The titanium is fitted into the silver
The fusing bobbles need to be trimmed out of
the way so that the titanium part just fits in.
|Here the gold is
fused onto the silver.
have a premium tutorial that deals with the
Making of Fused Jewelry,
describing the technique of fusing of metal in great
The gold will add to the bobbles
size, making them bigger, so they too have to be trimmed
to allow the titanium to fit again.
|Once the gold is
fused to the silver, it is time to finish the titanium
Firstly I file the
titanium to a soft half round using a 2nd cut file and
then once I have the correct shape, I go to a fine file
before sanding it down.
For sanding I use a buff stick
with 220, then 1200 and then 2500 grit.
I have a free tutorial on my
How to make a Buff stick
for those wanting to make their own.
One thing with titanium is that
it is not possible to polish scratches out, much like
One has to go through the grits
and make sure there are no scratches from the previous
|Here the titanium
has been filed down and is ready to be sanded with a 220
grit buff stick.
titanium so it is flush with the silver bangle.
|Here the titanium
has been sanded and is ready to be polished.
The best polish that I have found
are the ones rated for stainless steel and platinum.
Recently I have been using Luxor
brand of polish and I find then superior across all
metals. ( no affiliation)
This is also the time that the
silver part of the bangle is finished off, both inside
|I use a bushy
reducing flame to heat blue the titanium.
When one uses heat, careful control
of the flame is needed.
The surface must be utterly
clean and free from dust.
Any particle of dust will show
up as a discoloration and then the titanium has to be
sanded right down to 220 grit and finished off again.
That is a real drag, so it pays
to be careful in the beginning.
|Once the desired
colour has been achieved, the titanium is placed back
into the bangle and the titanium is then 'set'.
Namely, the sides of the bangle are
folded over and then the titanium is held tightly in
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