Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Copper bead necklace - part two



Starting with the copper beads that I showed you on Monday, I wired together a necklace with copper wire and chain, and some fabric beads.

Materials and Tools

Copper beads
Fabric
Plastic straws
Glue
Yarn or ribbons
Glass beads
Copper wire, 18 gauge
Copper chain
Copper lobster claw
Jump rings

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Measuring tape




1. Cut some long triangles of fabric and roll up a set of fabric beads around cut pieces of straw, using a bit of glue to anchor them at the beginning and the end.  Add yarn or ribbons if desired. Allow to dry thoroughly.


2. Create links with the copper and the fabric beads, alternating with short pieces of chain. I chose to make a double strand. For the copper beads, add a glass bead to each end and turn wrapped loops around the chain. For the fabric beads, slip onto a length of wire and add size 6/0 seed beads to stabilize them before turning the loops.


3. Add chain and a lobster claw or other clasp that you desire to the top.

Part one
Part two

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10 comments:

Laura Thykeson said...

Man, Cindy...I LOVE this necklace! Great work!

Therese's Treasures said...

I like the necklace you made with the copper tube beads. The fabric beads adds a soft contrast to the hard metal of the copper.
Therese

Cyndi L said...

Thanks guys!! This necklace is my new favorite :-) I'm working on achieving other colors with the copper now...more to come in the near future!

Faerie-Jeweller said...

Absolutely gorgeous mix of colours and textures there - I really, really love this.

KayzKreationz said...

I love the way that turned out. And I like the way you posted about the fabric beads. I've never tried them, but you made them look so easy. They add a nice touch to the copper tube beads for a finished touch.

Cyndi L said...

Stephie, thanks so much :-)

Kay, they are soooo easy! Just cut your fabric triangles with the short end the length you want your finished beads to be. Put a little glue on the first half inch of fabric and roll them up around the straw. Add a little more glue to the tips of the fabric and hold them gently until they stick. So many possibilities :-)

Wendy V said...

I've seen tutorials on making copper tube beads before, but I simply love the patina you got on these. Outstanding. I hope you'll post your future experiments as well.

Beetique said...

Now I'm going to have to buy some copper. *sigh*

anne dineen said...

So nice! I just bought a few feet of copper tubing and want to use it in some way--Yours is gorgeous!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you Anne! I hope you enjoy working with the tubing :-)

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