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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

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    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

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    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

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    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

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    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I love this! Everything is wonderful, but i especially like the patterned fabric with the…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Little House”:
    “Just great!…” read »

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    MH on “I think I like it?”:
    “Great job!!! I used to make jewelry specifically for plus sized women and these pieces…” read »

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    MH on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “I love this piece! I've put shell and seed beads with dragons in the past,…” read »

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    MH on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC- You're an inspiration to me. I think all this creativity has been building up…” read »

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    MH on “Little House”:
    “This is a wonderful one of a kind necklace! Beautiful work!…” read »

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    MH on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “WOW!!! Wonderful color combination and design!…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Little House”:
    “Just adorable! Very impressive work...the leather is a perfect addition!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC so sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it is as…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Way cool Lauren! You are continuing to grow your creatvity even though school is keeping…” read »

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    jdtt on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Beautiful, evocative, magical! Love the " shore mist" colors.…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Felted Beads!”:
    “What a cool concept! I really like the variety of colors. These should sell…” read »

  • GemstoneChick aka Lauren
    GemstoneChick aka Lauren on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Aww, thank you! Medieval Momma, they are on my etsy shop and I hope to upload…” read »

Hammered Copper Neckwire

About this design:

For awhile now I have been wanting a hammered copper neckwire, similar to an omega. I am happy to announce that my skills finally caught up to that wish. :)

This is a piece of the heaviest copper wire that my local home depot had in stock - it takes about 2 feet of wire to make a 19-20 inch neckwire. I started by getting sort of a basic round shape (freehand) and then used pliers to make P loops a each end to form the clasp. Then I started heating the wire, a couple of inches at a time with a disposable lighter and pounding it out on the bench block, first on one side, and then the other. Finally I buffed it a bit with a salon board and washed it with warm water and there you have it. The first pix is au natural. The second and third pix show pendents from my collection - I believe you have seen both of them before.

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  1. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    this is great..I never thought of using a lighter. My first copper I had an old heavy dutch oven and heated the copper on the stove burner…and then did my hammering. Funny what ideas we use when in a pinch…LOL

  2. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    This is great … turned out so pretty! Now I know what you were up to when you asked me about my choker yesterday.

    Next you should try to make one like my ‘V’ necklace called Arielle in the Gallery. I didn’t make the base either but it’s so cool that you don’t have to have a clasp on that one! Have fun!! SLS

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    K H says:

    Dora, I have a glass-top stove – I don’t think DH would approve of “cooking” copper on it. I might have tried that when we had the old-fashioned electric stove.

    Shannon, I probably have enough wire left to try a V-shaped neckwire. I also need to make one for DM – she has been wanting one, but her neck is so skinny that the ready made ones look like a hula-hoop on her.

  4. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    yes I wouldn’t try it on your stove….

  5. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    Shannon, how do I find you neck wire ?

  6. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    How wonderful to think of a lighter for this copper pounded necklace! I have a glass cooktop that is gas. I wouldn’t beat on the cooktop, but I wonder if your countertops can take that even padded. I wonder if a butane tourch would work? I have used those for PMC class. Love the choker BTW!

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    K H says:

    Daisy, I think a butane torch work – I just don’t have a place to use a torch in the house, and it’s too cold to work outside right now.

  8. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Katherine, this is fabulous! :D

  9. DMYJewelryDesign on etsy
    DMYJewelryDesign on etsy says:

    Looks great !

  10. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Ooh! Ahh! Very nice… trying to talk myself out of driving 2 hours one way to get to a hardware store for some copper wire, now.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    I really like this, Katherine! I love making pendants and “danglies”, so I should rally try this. A disposable lighter, huh? I would never have thought of that! :D

  12. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    This is great Now I really would like one of those! Can you make some to sell??? I am not talented with the wire I just can’t make it go the way I want it too!!! DED

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    K H says:

    Stormy, I would love to make one for you. I just whipped out one for Mom – she has a thin neck and off the rack pieces just don’t fit her. The 2nd one went a lot faster than the 1st one! :)

  14. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    K H, now I can see how you put your new bench block to good use! I never thought of using a disposable lighter – and I’m going to be working on a neckwire soon, so I’m glad to have the hint! Very nice and versatile piece! :D

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