There was a time when few of us used copper for jewelry. Copper was for plumbing. But when silver prices went through the roof, we all gave copper a try, and lo and behold, it’s fabulous! Both copper sheet and copper wire are widely available and very affordable. Almost anything you can do with silver you can do with copper. It’s a warmer looking metal than silver, and when it’s patinated, it’s truly delicious. And the bonus is, it’s easy to work with. It’s soft and easily manipulated, and takes texturing very well. When it’s work hardened, it’s tough and durable.
It’s best to finish copper projects with some wax or lacquer, particularly if it will be worn next to the skin since some people have a reaction to copper. But you can finish your copper pieces in matte or shiny, with a number of products. These three projects show the versatility of copper.
The sky’s the limit!
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This download has something for intermediate to experienced jewelry makers.
You’ll use your skills to solder, patina, hammer, anneal, measure, set stones, and much more.
How to Make a Copper Bracelet
This buckle bracelet is a perfect pairing of crystal and metal. We used the Crafted Findings riveting tool for the rivets in this piece, but you can also make your own rivets if desired. Use your imagination…this piece is perfect as a springboard for your own designs.
DIY Copper Wire Necklace Tutorial
A new take on an old shape, wire hearts make a fanciful chain. This design is a fun way to play with balled-up wire. Now you can wear your heart on your sleeve, around your neck, dangling from your ears, and anywhere else you wish.
How to Make a Patina Copper Pendant
Conjure up ancient voices in contrasting metals of silver plus copper, brass or bronze. This piece was influenced by a shard of Tularosa Black on White pottery, produced by the Mogollon culture of western New Mexico from about A.D. 1100-1300. The bold black designs on a white background are elegant, symbolic. and timeless.
This tutorial makes copper jewelry easy.
Try an alternative metal and you might just like what you come up with!