Etched Sterling silver cuff or bracelet.
Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. You choose your pattern, in this case from my Japanese design book, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is then neutralized in a bath. The blue paper is scrubbed off with solvent.
After that I cut out the bracelet sheet from the main sheet with a jeweler's saw, refined the edges to make them smooth and polished the silver. The silver cuff was fashioned into a bracelet using a steel bracelet mandrel and rawhide hammer.
The design accents were painted with patina for contrast.
Dimensions 6 inches X 1 and 1/4 inch
Since this is an open cuff it should fit most wrists. The pattern is geometrical and could be worn by any one.