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Pleated Copper

About this design:

Another copper scrap subjected to manipulation. It started as an experiment on a scrap left over from who knows what. It is made with 26ga copper sheet. I don't remember ever buying a sheet of 26ga but I guess I did.

I was looking at a youtube demo on fold forming and thought it looked like fun. However, my folds only run in one direction with no crossing folds like on the demo. One of these days I'll have to try folding both ways but I'll have to wait until I get some more copper in the right gauge.

The turquoise rectangular tube have been in my stash for ages. I'm fairly sure that they are reconstructed/reconstituted turquoise and not natural. Unfortunately the source where I used to buy the turquoise tubes has gone out of business I think.

The tubes that are attached to the copper pendant are glued in place. I've never used glue on stones and metal. I'll probably hang on to this piece since I don't really trust the glue to be permanent.


26ga sheet copper, 13 X 4mm turquoise tubes, 6mm copper beads, 22ga copper wire and my favorite antique copper chain from LB.

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    LRC, I really like this piece-it looks like a winding staircase. What other way would you keep the tubes in place? wire them to back? I think the folds are perfect the way they are. Your chain is a perfect addition to your “staircase to heaven”! Remember that song?

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    bluedog says:

    LRC, This piece is sooooo fun!!! Really like it. Love copper and turquoise together:)

  3. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Very cool, modern piece! I think I’d hang something from the bottom loop, too!

  4. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Stairway to heaven (stupid auto correct)

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Great work folding the copper! The pendant is so eye-catching especially with the added turquoise tucked within the folds. This piece has a nice balance of materials with the tube & chain sides accenting the focal masterpiece. I will definitely bookmark this one in hopes of one day trying my hand at this technique–very inspiring LRC.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wowie zowie – Love this necklace LRC. It does look like a winding staircase. Beautiful copper and turquoise combination. The rectangular beads are perfect with the folds. Excellent.

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks so much everyone. I’m glad you like my off-the-wall design. Prospecting through the scrap pile is fun when you’ve been house bound for months. This business of being in a high risk age group is crazy making! Don’t be surprised by any weird designs I conjure up in my la-bor’a-tory. I found the perfect saying to fit the current situation: There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I like to use that line as a jump rope. :D

  8. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    You just jump away, LRC! This is a fabulous creation!

  9. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    My favorite part of this focal is those turquoise pieces angled into the copper folds. Reminds me of the cliff sides in the Southwest for some reason. Looking forward to more of your copper folding work!

  10. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Outstanding!! I love it! It impresses the heck out of me.
    I always wanted to do metal work…but I don’t trust myself with a torch! Your work has always impressed me.

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is wonderful. You should do more of this type of art. I love copper anyway. And copper and turquoise make the best combo.

  12. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Zip! Zoom! Bang! Boom! No near miss here. This definitely hits my target spot on! You come up with the most ingenious designs that are so crave worthy.

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Gee, gals…. y’all are making me blush! It is nice to know that my beading friends enjoy the same kind of crazy stuff that I do. Thanks a bunch! :D

  14. kye
    kye says:

    I’m kinda late to the party but I had to say wow! This is fantastic! The pleated copper is so intriguing. Your posts are always inspiring.

  15. SF Girl
    SF Girl says:

    You have the coolest designs!

  16. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks kye and SF Girl. I was a bit hesitant about posting photos of this piece. There are days when I have way too much fun playing around with weird scraps and stuff. :D

  17. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    This turned out really cool! I’ve not formed and shaped copper before but I’ve seen it. Did you heat it up first?

  18. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Khristin, no I didn’t use the torch. The folding and shaping I did was not too extreme and since the copper is 26ga it was fairly easy to bend. The next time I try this technique I’m going to work with folds crossing folds and I know I’ll need to anneal the copper.

  19. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Where do you get your sheet from? I’ve seen it on Rio but haven’t bought it from there.

  20. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Khristin, I usually buy my sheet copper from Monster Slayer but I’ve also bought it from Rio. If I want pre-cut copper shapes like discs or ovals then I buy from Monster Slayer but I buy my wire from Rio because they use larger diameter spools and the wire is easier to straighten.

  21. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    I buy my wire from Rio too, I’ve just never bought sheet from them. I’ll have to check out monster slayer!

  22. Mellow Mellie
    Mellow Mellie says:

    I am loving this!!!! What an inspiration!!!

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