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Old 01-10-2004, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hello:
I need to know how wide the arm bands are supposed to be that straight dancers wear. I would also like to know if they are made out of copper or stainless steel.
I have a friend who will be straight dancing for the first time at the end of this month and I would like to have a pr. of armbands made for him. I have another friend who is a metal worker and will make the set of armbands if I can find out how wide and which materials to use.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me.
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Armband widths are a matter of personal preference, but most are between 1"- 2 1/2". Most are not made of the metals you mentioned but rather brass or German Silver (also know as nickel silver). Occasionally they are even made from sterling silver but not as often as the other metals mentioned. I am not trying to sell your friend short but there is a big difference between a 'metal worker' and a 'silver smith' and the latter is who you want to get a good pair of armbands from. The tools used by the 2 different artisans can be quite extreme and a smith is normally far more experienced working with metals, especially those used for the silverwork that a straight dancers uses.
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When it comes to arm bands I have seen a wide varity used. I have seen copper, infact I have a set that a dear friend of mine form Oklahoma gave me. I have seen beaded arm bands too. But they are not wider then 2 inches usally. And german silver is the norm used by most staright dancers.

So as I said copper is ok, I have a friend out east who is making alot of stuff out of copper right now. But it is not as common as the german silver.

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