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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
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    kye on “Tibetan Life”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Mysterious”:
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    kye on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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Aluminum Chic


About this design:

My customers love of my recent use of aluminum for jewelry inspired me to create these neclaces using the hammered aluminum chain and aluminum jump rings. Connectors are hand wrought and hammered.

Components:

Aluminum chain, 12 ga. aluminum wire, 18 ga. aluminum wire, 6mm aluminum jump rings.

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Measure desired length of chain. Attach connectors to each end.
Step 2:
The spiral connectors on these pieces are fashioned from 12ga. aluminum wire into a simple sprial, turning the end of the sprial in the opposite direction to form a loop which fastens to one end of the chain. Hammer the piece for strength before attaching. Create an open two-ended loop with another piece of 12 ga. wire. Hammer to flatten to strengthen and close one loop around chain end, leaving the other end as a hook which hooks onto the oppisite spiral connector. (see photo.)
Step 3:
Polish connectors with microfiber cloth. Hook the ends together, and you're finished!


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    JC Hamm says:

    Gorgeous, I would have a hard time choosing, their all great.The one with the spiral on the side is my fave. :)

  2. T Paul
    T Paul says:

    Love your necklaces,very pretty! Aluminum is such a great, easy and inexpensive to work with, just started using this year.

  3. T Paul
    T Paul says:

    I will try to post some things I’ve been doing with aluminum.

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Very nice, thank you for the tutorial :)

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Nice work!

  6. Sladochkin
    Sladochkin says:

    I really like this. I’ve never worked with aluminum, but I think you’ve just inspired me…

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Beautiful designs! Love them all! :D

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    The beauty of these pieces is in their simplicity. The spirals are understated, but facinating.

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What a great design! Thanks for including the step-by-step instructions! :D

  10. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Very pretty :)

  11. E Domke
    E Domke says:

    I was just scanning through, and this picture just grabbed my attention.
    Beautiful and understated.
    I love it!
    Beth

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