My Internet-friend and fellow Louisianan Nickie Abshire has designed a nice-looking anti-IP bracelet for her Etsy store. Take a look:
Intellectual property (also known as IP) is a controversial topic. Some believe that it is a genuine property right, but others disagree on the grounds that you can only have property in scarce resources and that it actually prevents people from using their property in legitimate ways. It’s a relevant subject, because the outcome (pro or con) will determine our future in many important ways.
This bracelet started from a sheet of nickel silver, which I cut into a rectangle shape. The lettering was hand stamped onto smaller pieces, and I used my torch to solder them onto the bracelet.
Next, I scratched and sanded the metal, then hammered the edges and blackened the recessed areas to create an antique industrial look. For added interest, I punched holes into the top and added tiny sterling silver rings.
The chain is metal-plated copper, and I like using this particular chain because over time the outer layer will wear away in some areas, showing the copper underneath and completing the antique look of the bracelet. I made the clasp by cutting a piece of nickel silver wire into a little hook shape and attached it to the chain.