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Helena Puck
« on: June 19, 2011 05:36:20 PM »

I particularly proud of these necklaces because they were the first pieces that I've done that were fairly elaborate. I found the tutorial in WireWork magazine.



Using thick 16 gauge wire, I coiled the wire around the base of my ring mandrel, drew a line down the center of the coil, cut where I marked the line, and using round nose pliers, I individually shaped each teardrop. Once shaped, I hammered the curve of each teardrop. The 25 teardrops are linked together using two double looped jump loops.



I think the copper is my favorite but the red brass makes me think Egyptian.

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011 06:17:23 PM »

pretty! love them both!
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011 08:42:14 PM »

SO pretty!! Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011 08:59:57 PM »

I like this because it isn`t too busy-looking, simple, yet elegant. Copper is a neat metal
Does it change it`s colour over time (question mark here - I can`t find one on my keyboard) Huh
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011 06:16:28 AM »

I like this because it isn`t too busy-looking, simple, yet elegant. Copper is a neat metal
Does it change it`s colour over time (question mark here - I can`t find one on my keyboard) Huh

I like simple pieces too.

The smaller copper practice choker that I made myself did change color after awhile because I wore it so often, but after I stuck it in jewelry cleaner, it looks brand new . The hammer loops sparkled again.

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011 10:39:39 AM »

you have inspired me to hunt up this issue of wirework.  i don't have a mandrel, but i can use something round.  I can see some matching earrings.  thanks
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011 10:59:29 AM »

you have inspired me to hunt up this issue of wirework.  i don't have a mandrel, but i can use something round.  I can see some matching earrings.  thanks

Anything round would work. I like using pill bottles. Just make sure the mandrel is long enough for 25 loops. The magazine has a great tutorial for the matching bracelet and earrings as well.
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