I have however had time to play around hammering copper! I started tinkering with it because I seem to be getting a touch of arthritis in some of my fingers.. which I absolutely do not want. SO I decided some copper jewellery was called for (I have heard that its good for curing/preventing arthritis).
|I used one of the pretty shell buttons that I brought from the Button Lady at WonderWool Wales|
Kept it nice and simple & rustic (bit like me lol). It didnt take long for Rachael to ask me to make her a copper bracelet too (no suprises there :). I decided to make a mother & daughter set using another of the pretty shell buttons, and take some photos as I did.
|Jewellers pliers & flush cuts, hammer, 'anvil' (any strong smooth steel, mine is an old shoe last), 16 guage copper wire, thinner copper wire (I used the stuff out of electrical cable) & a pretty button|
|After measuring a length of wire (circumference of wrist plus a little extra for the loop & hook) I bent the loop about an inch from one end. I used a slim pencil to go round.|
|Bend the neck of the loop back a little so it makes a nice round loop rather than a teardrop. |
Holding loop with one set of pliers & the short end with the others, wind the short bit tightly around the longer
|Using flush cuts trim off the bit marked by pliers - this is excess anyway.|
A quick squeeze with the pliers tucks it in nice and neat
|Pop it on the 'anvil' and give it a good hammering. |
This strengthens the copper wire - suprising how warm it gets when you beat it.
|Check the length - hammering stretches the wire. Used flush cuts to trim it to length (remembering to allow extra to form the hook). I filed the cut edge smooth and beat it again to flare it out a little.|
|Cut a piece of thinner copper wire - 4 or 5 inches. I hammered just the very centre piece. Then bent it around my pliers so it was the right shape to go through the button.|
|I twisted it at the back being careful not to damage the button.|
|Then bent it over the bracelet wire nice and tight & wrapped it around the back of the button again. Used flush cuts to trim the ends, bent the ends in toward the centre of the wire 'nest' up close to the button.|
I used my round nose pliers to make a tidy little hook.
Ideally I would of hammered it on a bracelet mandrel, which would make it stronger... but as I dont have one I make do with whats available. I bent the bangle into shape around a small china vase :)
My girlie is very happy with it.. she has just come down the stairs in her PJs (lazy Sunday morning) with it already on.