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Living Edge Bracelet

The term “living edge” refers to wood that has been scored or cut in such a way as to give it the ability to flex and move. You can cut a series of lines (without going all the way through) and bend a 1/2” board into a round corner for example. There are more advanced techniques to hide the gaps created in the bending but that’s for another post.

This quick project is a perfect example of the ability to create body worn jewelry from wood that would otherwise lack flexibility to bend.

note the design alternates the slits which cut across the width of the bracelet and also includes a stress relief (the circle at the end of each cut) to prevent breakage when the bracelet is stretched out.

Here’s the end result with a little inscription…

What would you do with this technique? Have you used living edge in your projects?

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