Contemporary Copper Jewelry: Step-by-Step Techniques and Projects (Paperback)
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with a hard-plastic or rawhide mallet to work-harden the wire (see Basics section pp. 8–19). This is especially important when working with copper wire, which is very soft. STEP 12 Bend the wire back over the spiraled wire as shown. STEP 13: Place 1 of the coils on the wire. STEP 14: Use your fingers to shape the coiled wire into a U shape. STEP 15: String the silver embellished copper bead, 1 bead cap, the copper round, 1 bead cap, 1 copper rondelle, the turquoise disc, and 1
steps until you have a linked bracelet that is about an inch too short to fit around your wrist. STEP 17: Using 18-gauge wire, create 3 small jump rings to attach to each end of the bracelet. STEP 18: Attach the toggle clasp. OPTION: Use a hot solution of liver of sulfur to darken your bracelet (see Basics section pp. 8–19). Polish with 0000 steel wool followed by a jeweler’s polishing cloth. Cool Ideas! To vary the look of this bracelet, try using larger beads or heavier gauge
pattern upright. STEP 4: Wrap the wire around the washer as shown. STEP 5: Start by wrapping one time, then go to the other side and wrap that wire once, and then continue wrapping both wires until you have wrapped the washer three times on both sides. STEP 6: Use the remaining wire ends to wrap around the “necks” on both sides, as shown. STEP 7: Wrap about two or three times. Bring both wires to the textured side of the washer and trim as needed so they each measure ½" (1.3 cm)
wire measurements are the key to good results with this bracelet design. That being said, if your tools are different and the beads you use are of different measurements than the ones used in the sample bracelet, you will need to make changes accordingly. For instance, a coin pearl with a ¾" diameter will require larger coil-wrapped wire frames than the one shown here, which will in turn require more wire. Because this is a very lightweight bracelet, attaching a counterweight bead near the clasp
bend the wire in different ways to your satisfaction. STEP 5: Use a hard-plastic or rawhide mallet to hammer the necklace frame on a 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) steel bench block. This work-hardens (see Basics section pp. 8–19) the wire and causes it to hold its shape. STEP 6: Switch to a chasing or planishing hammer to forge the rounded bends in the wire. This makes the finished necklace frame permanent and provides more design area upon which to attach beads and other decorative elements.