Did You Know… Beaded Bookmarks Are Also Called Book Thongs… Huh?!
Today’s photo reveals the answer to the true identity of the copper wire jewelry piece from the other day. And as most all of you so cunningly deduced, it wasn’t jewelry at all. This focal-bead-embellished, hammered copper creation, is actually a bookmark, or book thong as they are sometimes called.
I recently started making these stiff wire bookmarks and really like how they work as compared to the flexible wire beaded book thongs. Don’t know about you, but I still feel a bit weird referring to them as a thong.
In order to ‘work harden’ the wire and keep it from bending all over the place, the wire is first pounded flat using the flat side of a hammer, and then ‘dented’ with the rounded ball peen side. This hammering makes the wire surprisingly stiff and durable.
A dangle is then created using finer gauge copper wire, some glass beads and a polymer clay focal bead sculpted into the shape of a folk arty looking turquoise bird.
I really enjoy working with wire and plan to combine it with polymer clay more often. I’ll keep blogging about these copper creations as they happen… if it’s OK with all of you. Any specific requests for copper wire projects or techniques? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below.