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Lots of Copper

About this design:

A couple of weeks ago one of my neighbors brought me a LARGE amount of scrap copper. She was a partner in a fabrication business that used copper and brass. I'm not exactly sure of what they made but I know it involved large scale custom work.

These three pairs of ear rings are made with copper left over from making discs. So far ear rings are all I've made but I have some ideas for a necklace and a couple of bracelets.

The last photo is a sampling of the copper she gave me. The pieces are of various gauges from 16 to 24. Don't know what I'll do with the 16 gauge material but I'll figure something out.


flamed copper, turquoise, glass beads, niobium ear wires

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    So cool!

  2. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    These are adorable!

  3. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love the new shapes, Nancy. This gift will be keeping you busy for quite awhile!

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow lucky you! I would probably get into doing metal working if I got that as a gift.
    Cute cute earrings.

  5. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Yay! What a great neighbor! I especially like the 1st pair w/ the patina and the centered dangle.

  6. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Terrific earrings! So jealous of your “gift” – not only of the copper & scraps, but your great talent! Can’t wait to see more of your creations, especially what you do with that 16g!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Hey, thanks everyone. Cindy, I’m not sure what I’ll do with the 16g but I’ll find something. :)

  8. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Great earrings. Can’t wait to see what you do with the 16g.

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    Chelsea H says:

    You could always start learning etching! I find that 16g through 20g copper makes some of the best etchings. With 16g, I have been able to etch twice for 2 effects! (I rarely ever get 16g though. I am sitting on a treasure trove of 20g though! lol) Best of luck with you whatever you do decide to do with it. :)

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the suggestion Chelsea. I haven’t done much etching so this would be a perfect reason to give it a go. The 16g pieces are copper but there are also some 18g brass that I just discovered. Does brass etch as well as copper? Or is it picky just like it is with LOS? Love brass but it isn’t as versatile as copper. :)

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nancy, these earrings are wonderful! Such a clever idea! :D

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Lucky you to get such a great gift! Love the earrings!

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    I want a neighbor like that, like them all, but the first one is my fave :D

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for all of the compliments and comments. All of the blues and greens and copper seem to be made for each other. :D

    I need to start working on some new variations. Apparently the cuffs are my most popular item at the gift shop.

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