NYC Subway Cuff


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.


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8 thoughts on “NYC Subway Cuff

  1. Mig says:

    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?

    1. Nate says:

      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.

  2. Lame says:

    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.

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      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;]

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