This NYC Subway cuff by Tiffany Burnette would be a reasonable remake for a beginning metalsmith using a toner-transfer etch process (or a laser cutter) and a bracelet mandrel. Via Core77.


Moleskine map preserves your street cred

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Mig

    I like the design but I have tried to wear something similar to this once when I went to some party dressed as a roman soldier. They are so frikkin’ uncomfortable! Your skin constantly gets pinched and you feel like you have wrist brace on.

    BTW what is the tone-transfer etch process?

    • Nate

      Toner etching is usually done on circuit boards, but it works pretty well with other metals.

      Basically, you print a mirror image of what you want etched onto some glossy paper, and iron it onto the metal. This provides the etch-resist. Drop the metal into the etchant chemical, and whatever is covered in toner is left (relatively) unetched. has several posts about it; google will turn up loads of sites, too.

  • Lame

    So i bought one for my girlfriend.. it’s a map but it’s not a nyc subway map. it has nyc names on it but the actual map portion isn’t even similar to the nyc map.

    i was really disappointed.

    • Collin Cunningham

      hmm – I assume the one you received looks like the one above?

      If so, from the portion I can see, it looks like the station relationships are accurate – tho it appears lateral distances have been compressed to accommodate the bracelet format.

      [spectatorAnalysis release;]