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Copper and Turquoise

About this design:

I had this marvelous idea for a necklace but it didn't work. Idea #2 didn't work either. Same for 3. Rats. So I decided to see what I could do with one of the pieces of copper. Tried something asymmetrical. Success at last!

The part I chose to use had a series of holes along one side plus one at each end. Since I couldn't magically erase them I decided I'd have to use them.

In my stash are numerous turquoise beads in all different shapes and sizes. I think the rectangular tubes are reconstructed turquoise and the little nuggets may be dyed magnesite. The copper triangles are hand made and were a pain to finish because of the size. The "pendant" is made with lapis, coral, turquoise and copper. The ear rings are very simple with hand made ear wires. All of this hangs from my favorite LB copper chain.


sheet copper, turquoise, lapis, coral, copper chain, copper jump rings, ear wires, beads and hand made clasp

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Very interesting. So pretty LRC. I love the way the little nuggets mimic the hammered copper triangles. As usual the colors are fantastic and the design is so well balanced. Love it.

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    LRC, Your distinctive designs inspire me to get out the copper sheet and start creating. I like the freeform nature of the turquoise nuggets with the copper triangle shapes. The added darker Lapis in the focal is a nice touch too. A while back, I purchased some sheet of a heavier gauge and that will probably frustrate me to no end trying to cut–no wonder I’m timid about embarking on the adventure. Your designs definitely rouse interest to overcome the doubts.

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I absolutely LOVE the balanced asymmetry!! <3 Great job!!!

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the comments and compliments ladies. I’m back to the asymmetrical again. I have less trouble with it than with the more symmetrical designs. It must be the astigmatism and the poor vision in one eye that allows me to see asymmetrically….

  5. BevB
    BevB says:

    Beautifully done! Love it.

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    CC, I usually work with 24ga copper sheet. I have trouble cutting anything heavier. I can’t use a saw anymore because of my eyesight so I use shears. I’m into adaptation. Can I string it on a beading chain or leather? or hang it from a chain? or link it together? Where there’s a will there’s a way.

  7. Crystal Canary
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  8. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    What an awesome necklace! I really like the mix of turquoise and lapis. Did you free hand cut the copper? And what do you use to soften the edges? Love it LRC!

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Robin, I cut the shape with a pair of shears and it is completely free hand. I have a 6″ file I got from Home Depot that I use to smooth the raw edges and a chasing hammer to texture along the edges. The hammer helps get rid of that hard edge look. Every thing is finished with 4/0 steel wool. I use it on the surface to get the satin finish.

  10. kye
    kye says:

    This set is so amazing. I admire people who can do balanced asymmetry. My head starts to buzz when I try. Thanks for sharing your process. It is so impressive. Great design!

  11. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    This necklace earring set is just spectacular! I love the look of turquoise and copper. Little Round Chick, your skill and unique asymmetrical design is really impressive!

  12. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the compliments ladies. It’s a great way to start the morning.

  13. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow. This is so perfectly perfect. I love turquoise and copper. I went to your website but you are on vacation. When are you coming back?

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Granny Nancy, I don’t maintain the web site any more. It got to be such a pain in the patoot to keep it up dated and the lack of sales didn’t make it worth the effort. My sales are limited to home parties, private individuals and consignment at a local museum gift shop.

    I’ve been showing in the LB Gallery for several years so if you are interested in seeing my work just click on Little Round Chick and it should take you right there.

  15. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I forgot to tell you where the Little Round Chick is located that you click on. It’s above the photo of the piece of jewelry.

    Thanks for the comments and compliments.

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Obviously, a lot of love and care when into this beautiful piece! The tiny triangles are my favorites and they add so much great detail. Love, love copper and blues!

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the comments and compliments, Lynda. Like you I love the combination of copper and blue. Any of the blues and copper go together so well it is tempting to use it for everything.

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    Melody F says:

    I love to see your posts here. You are so creative. Your work is art, not just stringing beads (like I often do), and I like the way you describe your processes. This necklace is outstanding, and the earrings compliment it without detracting.

  19. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is awesome!!

  20. SF Girl
    SF Girl says:

    WOW! Very impressive.

  21. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    LRC- I keep coming back to your necklace- I just love those triangles!

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