Friday, January 27, 2017

Tri Color Steampunk Claw Necklace

I have a necklace to share today that is from my husband Rick's Steampunk Collection.

He's made it using copper, brass and some silver tone rivets.  When I first saw it I thought it looked like a claw or even a tooth.  I love the way he can take a piece of what looks like scrap and make something cool and quite unique!

This piece is for sale in our ArizonaCopperCraft Etsy Shop too.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Copper Wire Weave Necklace in Azurite & Malachite

I mentioned last week that I'd made this necklace from a tutorial I'd discovered on Pinterest and thought I should share it with you today.  You can visit Rukodel's blog for the full tutorial.

This necklace is made using Azurite/Malachite semi precious gemstones and Copper Wire.  The new technique I learned is really fun to do and learning from this tutorial by Rukodel was very rewarding for me.  I love the finished piece.

The finished necklace inspired me to make a matching bracelet and earrings.  I had Azurite Malachite in round gemstone beads so I figured I'd play some more.  I didn't get a photo of the earrings, I do like how they turned out but they seem a little heavy to me.  One day they may become a couple more bracelets like the one above.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Aqua Terra Wire Weave Necklace

I have my second wire weave pendant today!

I took a class online earlier this month to learn how to make wire woven pendants.  More info about that in this blog post.  This particular pendant is Aqua Terra Jasper and has a very small hole drilled in the top making it difficult to make a fancy bail for.  And, it's time to learn new skills and techniques!  I used a tight basket type weave for the bezel portion pictured below.

For the bail I went back to the figure eight weave I'd learned in the first class because I really like the look.  After the pendant was finished I made a matching necklace chain using Aqua Terra Jasper stone beads and copper wire adding in some fancy figure eight links.  The next step in the process is antiquing and polishing.  I love the way antiqued copper looks so it's my preference for most jewelry pieces I make.  The very last step is to treat the copper to maintain and protect the finish I've given it.

There you have it, my second wire woven pendant!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Copper & Brass Steampunk Necklace

I have another one of my husband Rick's amazing projects to share with you today!

This is a Steampunk inspired necklace he made using copper and brass.  He's added gears, pieces and parts as well has rivets and eyelets.  It's on an antiqued copper rolo chain and in our ArizonaCopperCraft Etsy Shop.

Edited to add, this item is no longer available in our Etsy Shop - sold 1/21/17.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Entangled Bead Wire Bracelet with Aqua Terra Jasper

Today's Project -

A bracelet using Aqua Terra Jasper, Copper and a new (to me) wire wrap/weave technique from a tutorial by a very generous artist I first saw on Pinterest.  

You can find the tutorial at Rukodel's blog.  The tutorial is actually for a beautiful necklace which I've made and haven't shared yet.  From that I was inspired to make this bracelet.  

Here it is all stretched out.  I used a large oval Aqua Terra Jasper gemstone for a center focal piece then added smaller round gemstones tying it all together with triple wrapped links and finishing with a copper lobster claw closure and extra copper jump rings on the other end to make it adjustable in length.  I love Aqua Terra Jasper and I'm quite happy with my finished project.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Crazy Lace - Laguna Lace Agate Wire Wrap Necklace

I've been fascinated with Crazy Lace Agates lately and discovered there are also Laguna Lace Agates that are equally as beautiful.  The natural colors in some are really stunning.

Here's a little information I found online:  Crazy lace agate, also known as Mexican agate, is an attractive, white, opaque stone, patterned like a beautiful, multicolored paisley cloth you want to wrap around you. It is a cryptocrystalline quartz, found in Mexico.

For this stone I made a fancy wire wrapped bail and for the necklace chain I added three Crazy Lace Agate round stones on each side.  It's all done in Copper that's been antiqued and polished then treated to maintain and protect the finish I gave it.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Freestyle Wire Wrap Copper Bracelet

Today I wanted to share a neat freestyle wire wrap/weave bracelet my husband Rick made with you.  He's used square wire for the body of the bracelet and added round wire for adornment.  It's been antiqued and polished to bring out the natural beauty of the copper then treated with ProtectaClear to maintain and preserve the finish.