In the first part of our tutorial, we looked at how to create the CopprClay focal discs. Now we're going to look at one possible way to use them in a finished necklace. I decided to mix my metals up a bit: I really like the rustic look of bronze, copper, and antique brass together, but you can stick with all one metal if you prefer. Here's what I used:
Materials & Tools:
5 focal copper discs
5 vintage rhinestone buttons in bronze setting
10" of raw brass chain
18 raw brass jump rings, 7.25 mm
9 copper jump rings, 6 mm
10 mm copper drop
5" copper wire
4 hammered copper loops
Quick drying epoxy resin
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers,
(Sources: CopprClay from Rio Grande, raw brass from Vintaj, copper from Auntie's Beads and Rings & Things)
1. Form, fire, patinate, and finish your focal discs according to the tutorial link for part one above.
2. Use the jump rings and hammered loops to attach the discs together. I used three jump rings between each loop and disc so that they would lie flat when worn.
3. Clip the shanks off the vintage buttons and use quick drying epoxy resin to attach them to the copper discs.
4. Use jump rings to attach chain to each side of the focals. Add a dangling copper drop to one end, and a copper wire hook to the other end.
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