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Urban Reflections

About this design:

My piece Streamline Moderne was selected to be in a show entitled Urban Architecture. When I dropped it off the other day the curator said that he could use a another small piece or two to fill out the display. This morning I was hammering out some clasps and put some unintentional ripples in the copper. Before long I decided to make that hook a focal piece and create an upside down necklace to represent a watery reflection of an urban skyline.

Please note that this necklace would be perfect for someone who is sensitive to metal. All of the metal is up front where it would be protected by clothing.


Items used: 12G copper wire for the hook. Copper sealing washer (hammered) for the eye. Assorted jasper and magnesite beads, 18G copper wire for the links and 60 1b nylon fishing/Rosary twine.

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  1. CAS
    CAS says:

    Wonderful! I adore this piece and would wear it in a hot heartbeat without pause or question. Don’t you just love fortuitous mistakes. :D

  2. C Clark
    C Clark says:

    WOW – simple and fantastic. I love the focal hook.

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love it!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Katherine, this is great, and I love the idea that people allergic to most metals can still wear this piece!

    I love the twist in the focal hook – I can’t imagine how hard it was to make.

    Great colors together, too! :D

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    K H says:

    Sue, making a hook is a matter of making a simple loop at one end, the making a large open loop going the other direction, and pound it on the bench block, then making a wrapped loop at the other end. I think what “happened” was a combination of using really big wire and trying to make a really big loop – bigger than could be held in the Rosary pliers.

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Well Katherine, I was taught that there are no mistakes in wireworking – and you’ve just proved it!

  7. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Definitely MY style to wear! I love the 3 different colors and shapes in the beads. The brightness of the copper is offset by the simplicity of your design and the contrast of the black twine. I like the rustic feeling a lot. (It’s actually only 10PM where I am. I saw the “2AM” above and got scared for a minute. : ) )

  8. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Nice combo, Katherine! Will you be able to replicate the twisted hook????

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    K H says:

    I’ll try, but for now it is OOAK

  10. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    This is so pretty! Love that large clasp. Congrats on being invited to Urban Architecture as well. SLS

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


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