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A Copper Slice with Chrome Diopside

About this design:

I have been debating on whether to post this photo or not. The necklace is so totally weird I'm not sure what to do with it.

It all started with the large copper piece. It was one part of a design that was very forgetable. I started playing around with it. bumped out the middle section and curled down one corner. It wasn't too inspiring so I punched holes along the outward curve, made a hanger and rolled the copper curl over it. Too bland. Next I put the very small chrome diopside nuggets along the outer edge and attached the chain. The single piece of chain didn't give it enough "weight' on the one side so I added the two smaller pieces of chain. By the time I had reached that point I decided I should have left the copper scrap with the rest of the scraps. The third photo shows how it looks hanging in a more horizontal position. It doesn't look any better.

I haven't had anyone try it on yet so I don't know how it hangs. It may well be something I keep around to help me remember not every scrap can be made into a decent piece of jewelry. CC I should have followed the advice I gave you and put it in the closet so I could forget all about it.


sheet copper, antique copper chain, chrome diopside nuggets

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  1. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Excellent! And, yes, almost every piece of scrap can be turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
    I really like it hung to the side but the hanger(under the roll,which is a nice touch by the way)draws some attention away from the focal. Maybe if this was the same but as chain?
    Hung horizontally it has good balance as is.
    Either way, this is a wearable art piece.

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    LRC – Love the chrome diopside nuggets with the copper – just beautiful. And I agree with Stingray about this being a wearable piece of art. I think it looks best at an angel pointed down. Just lovely. And nice balance.

  3. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    Are you serious? I only wish my”mistakes” were this beautiful! I like the vertical position and would suggest that the copper centerpiece could use some texture or color. You could add a fourth piece of chain on the right side, perhaps? Also, I agree with Stingray about using chain at the top instead of the wire.

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    LRC, you have created a fantastic one of a kind piece! I love it. I really love it hanging down. I personally think the the 3 chains need to stay as an odd number. Odd numbers are used to create a touch of symmetry. I personally would have to see chain at the other end. I like the wire because it adds the quirkiness of the piece.

  5. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    LRC, sorry to be the one to tell you, but yes you should have followed your own advice and put it away for a week. Remember you told me that about the bumblebee jasper and black lava rock? It’s still in the abyss. For you however, it would have given you clarity! You’ve made a unique and beautiful piece. I love the focal to the side. This necklace would be so awesome on a black dress. I see it as a dressy piece. If you get opportunity- put it on a black sweater or something else that’s black and post it. It’s perfect!

  6. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    p.s. you know I’m joking about putting it away, , but I think it works.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I really like the copper punched focal! The added Diopside is absolutely gorgeous with it too. No need to ‘forget’ about this piece–it has great lines to it. As stated above, maybe change out the connector on the left to chain, and add two more chains to the right to create visual balance/weight for the large copper focal. Love the vision and innovative work here! If you update it–please post!

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Y’all have helped me pin point one of the things that was bugging me. I’m in the process of figuring out the best way to implement any changes and will post a photo when it is finished.

    Many years ago I made another wild necklace from a copper scrap. I’ll post pictures of both necklaces when I finished with the remodel.

    Thanks again to all of you for your suggestions. That is what is so great about all of the jewelry makers who
    post photos or just visit this site. You are so generous with your compliments and helpful with your comments. :)

  9. kye
    kye says:

    I’m kinda late to the conversation but I wanted to tell you how much I admire you creative spirit. I like the first orientation the best and like the suggestion of changing the wire connector to chain. When I first saw it I thought it looked like something a warrior princess would wear. :)

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks kye… is that Zena warrior princess/woman/person(?) I’m not sure just what her designation is. It does have a sort of tribal look though.

    I finished the remodel of the piece earlier this evening and will photograph it tomorrow. Then it is back to the ordinary and mundane until the the next weird scrap strikes my fancy.

  11. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    Love love love! Nice work – a stunning piece!

  12. K corkery
    K corkery says:

    WOW!! I love this. It is my kind of jewelry. Fab

  13. Jewelrybyirina
    Jewelrybyirina says:

    Love it!

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