|Before: copper pipe|
Today, we went back to our stash of copper pipe and cut pieces of pipe to make lightweight but large, elegant earrings.
|After: Earrings by GeltDesigns.com|
16-gauge round copper wire
20-gauge round copper wire
Jewelry saw & blades
3M wet/dry sandpaper
Nylon jaw pliers
Chain nose pliers
Needle files (optional)
Round nose pliers or
|Gather your too|
Mandrel or Wrap n' Tap pliers
Flex shaft and 19 gauge cup bur or wire rounder
Rawhide or plastic mallet
Lortone Tumbler (optional)
|Cut the pipe|
Create the copper beads. Cut the copper pipe with a jewelry saw. Use sandpaper to sand the edges of the copper pipe smooth.
|Slide the pipe on the wire|
|Make the ear wires|
Make the ear wires using round nose pliers to make the ring and a mandrel or Wrap n' Tap pliers to shape the ear wire. Hit the ear wires with the rawhide mallet to harden.
|Attach the ear wires|
Place the completed earrings in the tumbler to further harden the copper wires, prevent the earrings from becoming misshapen when worn and adding sparkle and shine by burnishing.
How to Make an Ear Wire Jig
How to Straighten Wire
How to Smooth Edges on Wire
How to Measure Wire
How to Use a Wire Gauge
GeltDesigns Tutorials by Topic
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NJAD Index (Days 1 to 60) by Type of Jewelry
NJAD Index (Days 1 to 60) by Type of Found Object
"Contemporary Copper Jewelry w/DVD: Step-by-Step Techniques and Projects"; Sharilyn Miller; 2010.
"Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition"; Tim McCreight; 2004.
Day 88 Month 4. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent to date: 0
Found materials: copper pipe, wire
New Jewelry a Day.