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Copper with Apatite Beads

About this design:

Just another simple necklace using apatite nuggets with a fantastic color. As you can see it has another copper shape with copper chain. Picasso had his blue period guess this could be called my sheet copper period.

The whole idea started with the larger copper piece. Instead of having a square shape I decided to make the bottom angled. Then I made the copper slices in varying length and sizes. Originally the longer bead strand was on the longer copper slice but the balance wasn't right so I switches it to the shorter slice. Much better balance. Of course I had to finish it with my favorite LB antique copper chain. I should probably buy up the whole supply of that chain cause I do use a lot of it.


24ga sheet copper, oval copper jump rings 22ga copper wire, apatite nuggets, antique copper chain, style of clasp to be determined later

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Such a beautiful piece, LRC! I love how you textured ( I think there’s a word for that) the metal! The apatite is beautiful with the copper and it all hangs lovely together. It kind of reminds me of cleopatra or something a warrior queen would wear. It would be stunning with a black dress. I love everything about it!

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful necklace LRC. I agree with Robin – The texture is wonderful. Love the little carets. The balance of the pendant is perfect and the colors really work. Another winner!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I am in awe of this stunning project! I can only agree with BLE and Robin.

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Gee Whiz, y’all. Thanks a bunch. This is a marvelous way to start the day (it’s only 9:30 here on the left coast.) Time for me to go out and terrorize the plants in my yard. Thanks again for the encouraging comments.

  5. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Ditto! Great design!

  6. kye
    kye says:

    I am really enjoying your sheet copper period. The texture really adds to the design and dangles are always fun. Such a nice flow and rhythm to this piece.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Love the copper metal shapes used in this design. Nice placement that creates a wonderful balance. As everyone has mentioned, the texture on the metal is great. Looks a little like bird foot impressions in the sand….what tool did you use to create it? The ‘V’ shape almost creates a reptilian feel too, kinda like scales–I’d love to try this!

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    Shery h says:

    Copper is my favorite metal in which to work. Great job. Lovely design.

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