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Copper Tornado

About this design:

This piece was inspired a little bit by the work of Little Round Chick, and a little bit by a tornado necklace I saw on another website. I started with 14G copper electrical wire and flattened it a bit with the hammer and block, then twirled it into a loose spiral and manipulated it until it looked just so. I put the hook clsure on the front to add to be a part of the design.

I decided to keep the look simple, and added 3 rhodonite beads, one at each side at the top and one at the bottom. they are wrapped on 19G copper wire. The one at the bottom started as a "knotted headpin", but a few whacks of the hammer turned it into a wonderfu swirly character that looks as if is being swept right up into the funnel

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    great, casual design!

  2. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    My granddaughter made something like this yesterday she loves to do wire sculpture Only 6 so she will be awesome when she gets older!!

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    Dora H says:

    what a great creation !!!!

  4. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Very lovely! :D

  5. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Great ~ I love the tornado design and the wire wrapping is wonderful … also like the Rhodonite beads.

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Cool piece!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love it, love it, love it! And I’m glad I could help inspire you. :D
    I grew up in “Tornado Alley” and this is a much more pleasant tornado that the ones back home.

  8. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very unique!! nice job..

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    K H says:

    Thank you Little Round Chick for being such a good teacher!!!!!! :)

    I grew up in a town located in the fork of 2 rivers (Mississippi and DesMoines), and tornados don’t like water, so they always jumped over us. the poor folks a few miles up (or down) the road took the brunt of those storms.

  10. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Very cool piece! What kinda of block do you use to pound on? I would like to try this!

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    K H says:

    It’s a small steel block that I got at the LBS. It is BeadSmith brand, but I am sure that there are other brands out there. It is really heavy – the wire flattens out as soon as you hit it with the hammer.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Don’t laugh – I use an 8″ (approx) granite remnant as my block. Works great and it was free!

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    K H says:

    I always check DH’s toolbox before buying tools. In this case I just didn’t find anything that I could use for and anvil.

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    Gramnan says:

    My sil made mine from an oldfashioned iron iron

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