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    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

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    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
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    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
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    kye on “Fall?”:
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    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
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Omega Made Pretty


About this design:

I love working with copper. I have seen the Omega design in many pieces and I wanted to dress it up a bit because it is a rather masculine design. So what better than to add pearls and crystals. I love this piece because of the feminine flare I added.

Components:

14g copper wire, silver jump rings, 22g silver wire, 4mm Amethyst AB rondelle crystals, 8mm fresh water pearls.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut 8 3 inch pieces of copper wire for the bracelet and 2 2 1/2 pieces of copper wire for the earrings. Curl each end of the copper wire. Shape the 'U' of the omega by using anything you have handy that give you the desired roundness. I have used a dowel, sharpie pen, kitchen utensil... but for this project I used the pointed end of my anvil and a hammer because the wire is very thick and difficult to bend. Use your ball-peen hammer to slightly flatten and then add hammered texture using the ball of the hammer. Once have established the size of the omega copper wire pieces, cut a piece of copper wire to make a toggle bar to fit. Hammer as you did previously.
Step 2:
To add patina to the copper, I use a torch and slowly heat the copper, as it heats up it will begin to change colors. Be careful not to torch too long or you will end up with a very dark burnt patina which is nice but not for this project. I hand polish each piece of copper using 'rouge' that I have for my machine buffer. Do not machine buff or you will lose the patina.
Step 3:
Choose 4 pearls which are about the same size. I re-drill each pearl to make the hole larger so I can use a larger gauge wire. 24&26 gauge wires are too delicate. wire wrap using 22g silver wire a crystal, pearl, crystal to 2 omega pieces being careful to make them the exact same length.
Step 4:
Connect the remaining omega pieces using 2 jump rings appropriately sized for ease of movement at each connection. I use 2 jump rings for strength and it looks nicer. Fashion the toggle bar to one end by looping it around the last omega piece. You may need to re-adjust the length by clipping and re-curling the ends.
Step 5:
To make the earrings, wire wrap a few loops of the silver wire around the u of the omega piece, slide on a crystal,pearl,crystal and then wire around the other side. Clip ends so you have enough to press the wire tail just inside of the omega piece to prevent anything from getting caught. I used some small silver chain to link between each loop of the omega piece and then wire wrapped a crystal to the chain center and ended with a loop to attach to an ear wire.
**TIP** if your copper is too flexible after you patina it with a torch just re hammer it a little and it will stiffen back up.


Read the comments (or add your own)

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    olive penguin says:

    Wonderful design! It is beautiful, clever, and creative. Great job! I love it! Thanks for post the instructions to make it, I appreciate the insight into different techniques.

  2. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Excellent! I love the omega shape, and admire how you’ve dressed it up in these pieces. Thanks for the detailed instructions,too.

  3. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Absolutely love, love, love this design. And I can’t thank you enough for including the instructions. I saw a similar piece at a bead show I recently went too a couple of weeks ago and when asked, the woman wouldn’t give out even a hint on how she made her necklace. Your designs, both bracelet and earrings, are exquisite and I know that when you wear them, you will get tons of compliments. You did a fantastic job on them both. Good luck to you and again, thank you for sharing your ideas today.

  4. Quute Jewelry
    Quute Jewelry says:

    Thank you all for the very nice comments!

  5. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I too love the omega design and really admire how you’ve given it a ‘posh’ look with the pearls and crystals, with touches of silver. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    Gorgeous pieces! And beautiful work, love the patina and the pearls are the perfect touch! :) Very pretty….

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Wow. This is stunning. Thanks for the instructions.

  8. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Beautiful design! Thanks for the instructions!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  10. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!! is all I can say :D

  11. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    I too love the patina and the touch of pearls. Thanks so much for the tutorial–you and your jewels are lovely.

  12. Mustard Seed Beads
    Mustard Seed Beads says:

    Thank you for sharing~gorgeous!

  13. PamRoss10
    PamRoss10 says:

    I’m not sure what to say—STUNNING comes to mind…as does beatiful, gorgeous, and WOW!

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the design! Thanks for sharing. I just may give this idea a try. :D

  15. Timber
    Timber says:

    This is great, love the way you made rustic look romantic! 8^D

  16. ScarletBegonias
    ScarletBegonias says:

    I am convinced there is a higher power at work in jewelry making!!!! I have a pattern for the omega in a necklace, earrings and ring. I’m going… “Where the he** is the bracelet???
    Well, now I know!!!! I wasn’t actively looking for one as well put together and beautiful as yours, but hey, when the Creator drops a gift in your lap you don’t exactly dump it at Goodwill!!!
    Thank you SO much for providing ALL the info needed to make this beauty! Mine even has amethyst.
    Cosmic I tell you!

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    A beer says:

    I love this ALOT I am going to try it this weekend with my own little twist. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    diner says:

    I love your work

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