Friday, January 21, 2011

Make a Necklace from Paper

Before: Wire
We made this necklace using the same basic technique we used yesterday to create our paper earrings. We used scrap paper (in hot pink!), rubber and copper sheet metal to create beads that we joined using copper wire.
After: Paper Necklace by GeltDesgins.c

Pink paper
24-gauge22-gauge or
20-gauge copper sheet
18-gauge round copper wire

Wet/dry sandpaper
Disc cutter or jewelry saw
Doming block and hammer
Flex shaft, Dremel or drill press
Micro-drill bit set (#61-80)
Half round file or needle files 
16-gauge cup burr and flex shaft or wire rounder

Step 1
Make the beads. Cut, form and drill the copper disks. Stack the copper disks, paper and rubber and bind by wire wrapping using 18-gauge round copper wire.

Step 2
Attach the beads as you make them. We wire wrapped each bead together but you could change the design by adding links between the beads. 

Continue until the chain is the length you want. Hint: make a shorter version if you want to create a bracelet.

Step 3
Make and attach the clasp. We made a hook and eye style clasp using 18-gauge round wire. If I were to repeat, I would likely use 16-gauge copper wire for the clasp.

Related Tutorials
Make Earrings from Paper
How to Use a Jewelry Saw
How to Use a Disc Cutter
How to Dome Metal 

How to Use Sand Paper
How to Use a File for Jewelry Making
How to Select a Cup Burr
How to Measure Wire
How to Measure Drill Bits
How to Smooth Sharp Wire Ends

Blog Index
NJAD Index by Topic
NJAD Index by Type of Jewelry

Further Reading  
"500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form (500 Series)"; Lark; 2006.
"Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition"; Tim McCreight; 2004.

Day 62.  Month 3. Jewelry from Found Objects.  $ spent to date: 0
Found materials: scrap copper, rubber, paper
New Jewelry a Day.


1 comment:

  1. Fabulous!!!
    Thanks For sharing such a nice design....

    Tin Wire