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Copper 8 Links

About this design:

So what's a girl to do when she's caught away from home with very few jewelry making materials?
She drives to the nearest hardware store to buy packages of copper wire, of course! Made a bowlful of these copper links while stuck inside on a rainy day. The hard part was all the polishing with steel wool after oxidizing the piece.


20 and 24 gauge copper wire, abalone chunks and pendant

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  1. Tashinka Beading Heart
    Tashinka Beading Heart says:

    Sweet and beachy! Nice work!

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Definitely beach wear! Great results from your hardware store trip Hardware stores are sooo much fun and as long as there is one close by you’re never with out supplies! :D

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Totally cool!!! :)
    Such a simple design but so detailed to look at. You made a bowlful? Oh my!

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    So you made all those links while on a trip. amazing!

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I need to be making more trips to the hardware store! This is so cool!

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    Delicate and lovely. I’m impressed by how even the links are.

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very cool!! Your hands must be able to do this in their sleep! :)

  8. Frida
    Frida says:

    I love this :D

  9. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great creativity resulting in a stunning necklace !

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! They mean a lot to me. I really like these links for giving jewelry a bigger look than plain chain, but light and airy at the same time. The loops also provide opportunities to add little dangles and embellishments if wanted.

  11. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Lovely. Simple design that makes a statement.

    Looks like you’ve mastered wire working. Me not so much ;)

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Addicted! Did you use hardboiled egg yolk to oxidize, since you were away from home?

  13. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    Wow!! Love this!!!

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks again for your support!
    Eeka Mouse…I waited until I was home again to oxidize with a gel form of Liver of Sulphur. Yeah, it stinks, but I really get good results every time. After the copper turns black, I rinse the piece well and scrub with baking soda. It neutralizes the chemical and starts getting some of the OX off. Then, really go at it with OOOO steel wool. Finally, a good polishing with a Sunshine cloth.
    Do you get good results with the hardboiled egg? Never tried this.

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I’ve never tried using the egg, but the sulfur in the yolk should oxidize silver… and I’ve seen tutorials from people who use it. It’s a good trick to have up your sleeve when you are marooned away from the studio….

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