Vid #107: Making Your Own Jewelry Findings Using Very Basic Tools and Supplies:
Lately I’ve been talking a lot about hammered copper wire and jewelry projects such as this Copper Wire + Disc Bead Bracelet. And judging by the comments that are coming in, it seems I’m not the only one who is interested in this topic:
Cindy, I love it! I am currently getting into the whole concept of decorative wire jewelry making for my beads and hope to learn as much as I can. ~Maria
I’ve seen something similar in the craft stores and thought it was a great idea, but didn’t even think of making them myself. ~Sue
The “hammering” process has me intrigued, sounds like it might be an excellent outlet for some frustration. Cannot wait for you to share the process. ~Jocelyn
Love to see more copper work! I got a tiny (1 lb) anvil at Harbor Freight. I haven’t done alot with it, but it is fun to hammer wire flat. ~Sarah
Well this week’s library video project to be released on Friday May 22nd, is all about creating your own custom designed, hammered copper jewelry clasps for bracelets and necklaces. Techniques for antiquing the copper will also be demonstrated, along with verdigris finishes.
If you make polymer clay beads, at some point you will likely want to use these beads to also make some jewelry creations (if you are not already doing so). That means you will need findings such as hooks and eye clasps.
Very often the selection of available findings is either limited or pricey or both. So why not learn to make them yourself!?
One neat thing about the copper clasps in this week’s library video, is how inexpensive and quick they are to make. The tools are very basic and the supplies are cheap, cheap, cheap!
These copper clasps are comparable to ones selling on Etsy for anywhere between $2 and $8 a set… depending on the gauge of wire, the size of the clasp and the finish (oxidized, verdigris, hammered, plain, etc.). So not only will this technique save you some money, but it may also become a source of income if you decide to sell the clasps to other jewelry artisans.
The full version of the video will be available in the library on Friday (May 22). But further down on this page is a little sneak peak clip for you to watch right now if you like.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Hammered Copper” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-012 Back Issue Package.
The following topics are covered in this “Hammered Copper Wire” video:
- Basic tools and supplies needed for making copper wire clasps.
- Optional items you can use if you don’t yet have all of the proper tools.
- Discussion about various design options for making a variety of findings styles.
- How to work harden your copper wire for maximum strength and durability.
- Safety tips so you don’t hurt yourself (FYI this is a very safe project).
- Close up videography that won’t leave you guessing about any of the steps.
- Special antiquing procedures and verdigris aging techniques.