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Hinge Bracelet 2.1

425.00
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Hinge Bracelet 2.1

425.00

This cuff bolts onto the wearers wrist, and is designed such that it may be worn comfortably for extended periods of time (months or longer).  Set includes a necklace the centerpiece of which acts as a driver for the closure bolt.  The set may be worn by a single individual or shared by a couple.  It is supplied in a custom made presentation box with removable insert.  Second edition is a run of 30.  Each is numbered and signed.

Brass, Steel, Nylon, MDF

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This cuff bolts onto the wearers wrist, and is designed such that it may be worn comfortably for extended periods of time (months or longer).  Set includes a necklace the centerpiece of which acts as a driver for the closure bolt.  The set may be worn by a single individual or shared by a couple.  It is supplied in a custom made presentation box with removable insert.  Second edition is a run of 30.  Each is numbered and signed.

Brass, Steel, Nylon, MDF

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Usually ships within two weeks

 
 

Size small has an inner circumference of approximately 6 1/2", and comfortably fits a 5 1/2" to 6 1/4" circumference wrist.  Medium has an inner circumference of approximately 7", and comfortably fits a 6 1/4" to 6 3/4" wrist.  Size large has an inner circumference of approximately 7.5", and comfortably fits a 6 3/4" to 7 1/4" wrist.

This is the second edition (2.1) of a piece which I first started working on about two years ago.   For this edition I have improved the engineering of the bolt mechanism so that it is more secure and easier to put on.  The packaging has also been updated to hardier material, with a fitted insert which can be removed if you would like to store other things in the box while the jewelry is being worn.  

The original design was hand drafted, then redrawn in a computer.  From the computer file the brass layers were water jet cut by Bruns Bros of Grey Maine.  The texture on the outside of the cuff comes directly from the cutting process.  The layers were riveted together, and the inside off the cuff polished.  The bolts and nuts were purchased as blanks, and customized in house using a lathe.  To make the drivers, steel posts were cut by Perry's Machine Shop in Biddeford Maine.  The brass components were cut in house, and all were soldered together.  The cord was hand waxed in house.  The clasp was lost wax cast from a hand made pattern and finished in house.  The packaging was designed in a computer and cut out on a CNC router in house, then assembled and finished by hand.  The lid is held in place by integrated magnets.  

The general idea of using layered sheet metal to create mechanisms is one that I first explored while making the original hinge bracelet, pictured in the gallery.  A number of people commented that that piece reminded them of handcuffs, and I chose to reference this directly in this design.  

It is not an easy piece of jewelry to put on or take off, and it is not intended to be.  It is however extremely easy to wear.  It is light enough that you can easily forget it, but tough enough that you never need worry about it being damaged by whatever task you happen to be undertaking.  

When it comes time to put it on, on your own or with the help of a partner, sit down, be calm, and take your time.  Take the cuff out of the package, and make note of the way that the cut out on the side of the nut head corresponds with one of the rivets on the bracelet surface.  Remove the bolt and nut, and put the bracelet around your wrist.  Reinsert the nut, making sure that the cut out in the side of the head corresponds with the rivet head on the side of the cuff.  Refrence the 3rd image on this page.  Start the screw by hand; when properly threaded it should offer no resistance.  Once it is properly threaded use the driver to tighten it securely.    If you have any questions please contact me, and I will do all I can to help.