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    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
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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 “Fall?”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
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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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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “I took a Class”:
    “This necklace looks very complex for a beginner. But, you did a great job for the…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Gifted”:
    “Pam is right! The necklace has a great ethnic vibe! The wood beads are highlighted by…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Here Comes The Sun”:
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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall Tones”:
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    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “This is absolutely gorgeous, even your little friend blends in nicely with the necklace. Is…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
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    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Fall?”:
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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

  3. No Photo
    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!

  7. No Photo
    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

  13. No Photo
    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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