Hand-forged brass cuff bracelet created with just a hammer, an anvil and fire. Polished by hand for a bright finish, with no plating or coating. Made in the U.S.A. and stamped with the maker’s name and the place of origin. (
This brass cuff bracelet is completely hand-forged by a formally trained metalsmith. With a BFA in Crafts and Metals from the University of the Art in Philadephia, Michael Studebaker forges each brass cuff using just a hammer and an anvil.
The modern design of the cuff belies its traditional method of making. Brass rods are first heated and cooled to soften the metal to a workable malleability. Michael chooses Alloy 260, or “Cartridge Brass,” which is noted for its outstanding strength—often used in automobiles, industrial hardware and musical instruments. Through the hammering and cooling process, the brass becomes hardened again.
The temper of the cuff is left at "Half-Hard" in order to create an adjustable, individual fit. Finally, each piece is hand-polished to a bright finish, absent of plating or coating, so that it can age beautifully over time. The surface of the cuff will evolve with wear, but the integrity of the brass will remain the same—this is a piece that can be handed down for generations.
This durable piece of jewelry will gain a unique patina over time.
No special care is required.
Formally trained metalsmith Michael Studebaker teamed up with Alyssa Catalano to create Studebaker Metals in early 2014. Their products are minimally polished and never coated or plated—each item celebrates the natural surface of the brass and is meant to be passed on as an heirloom. The Studebaker method for creating a line of contemporary accessories—ranging from cuff links and necklaces to razors and combs—is rooted in centuries-old techniques, utilizing simply a hammer, an anvil and fire.
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