My partner for the Artisan Crafts Secret Santa (ACSS) run by Aryiea
She had pretty much the perfect selection for me- likes tribal things, lynxes, silvers and earth colours, etc. Unfortunately, she is in France, so I could not use the lynx tail I had lying around for craft use. Can't ship dead things overseas.
I did the next best thing and tried to make an etched cuff that seemed kind of tribal. I used nickel, as her top colour was grey/silver. I noticed that the majority of tribal things have a sort of simplicity to them, so I decided on a lynx portrait, and then designed two paw prints to go on either side. The cuff is about 2" high, and was made with nickel that was thick enough to be sturdy, but also thin enough to be adjustable to fit smaller wrists.
To prevent oxidization, the cuff was finished with a "sandpaper satin" look. It was then sprayed with a semi-gloss finish, both to protect the metal, as well as the skin of the wearer (prolonged wearing of base metals can cause slight skin discolouration. The gloss finish prevents this.) The corners were cut into a rounded shape, both to make it look less blocky, as well as for the comfort of the wearer.
The background is a domestic goat hide.
**The cuff is more of a neutral silver in real life. The light of the lounge I photographed it in was very warm.