Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Copper and turquoise beaded necklace


Copper & Turquoise Necklace

So, I've finished this piece too, and it's a really lo-o-o-o-ong one! When a piece is going to be heavy, I often end up making it longer in order to balance and distribute the weight better. This one adjusts from 27 to 30 inches!

I haven't worked with copper before, so it was a bit of a surprise to me just how hard a material it is. I mean, I guess I should have known that from occasionally having to cut through copper pipes, but I just really didn't think about it. Do yourself a favor if you decide to work with copper findings...make sure you have two pair of chain nose pliers and save the wear and tear on your poor fingers! It is considerably harder than an equal gauge of sterling silver.



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