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Verre de Mer Violette en Tourbillons de Cuivre

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Purple Sea Glass in Swirls of Copper. I had 7 pieces of purple sea glass with large holes that would accomodate 12G copper wire. I slipped 3 pieces of the glass onto a headpin with a swirly end and finished it with a wrapped loop. (Note to beginners - please learn to make good wrapped loops with lighter wire before you try this). Next, I took a longer pieces of 12G wire and made a loop in the center, using a Sharpie for a mandrel. I slipped the finished headpin piece into the loop and twisted to close. Then I hammered the loop very carefully, holding the glass out of the way. Then I slipped 2 pieces of glass onto each end and carefully curled the wired down and hammered it. Then I cut 2 pieces of 60# nylon fishing/rosary twine and strung them into the end swirls and tied "trinity" knots. I finished the ends of the twine by making 1/2 hitch knots and burning the ends to seal them. Then I pounded out an "s" clasp to finish it off. I wore this necklace to my gallery opening party with a black tee shirt and celery green sweater and those wisteria floral earrings that I made earlier in the summer.

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  1. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Very pretty … Katherine, I’m sure that you looked great in it at the gallery opening! Love those glass purple beads!! SLS

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    K H says:

    Thanks Shannon. It was a fun evening, and I met a lot of cool people. Lots of interesting things – mostly photos and painting, but several sculptures and my two pieces of jewelry. It was good to sleep in Saturday morning. KH

  3. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very pretty colors, I couldn’t imagine working with that large gauge wire..

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    K H says:

    Thanks Lynn. It takes a bit of getting used to working with the larger wire, but now it speaks to me, especially when making focals and hooks.

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