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Monday, September 18, 2017

The joy of copper washers!

So, I decided to order some copper washers and have a go at using them in some earring designs. These versatile little copper hoops aren't just great for plumbing -oh no! The joy of bashing them with a hammer to give them texture, and oxidising them to give them added depth of colour, sanding them back to get just the shade of warm coppery goodness i want, and then waxing them to seal all of that prettiness in. Well, actually it was fairly laborious, but worth it! I wanted to show you a couple of slightly different designs using them.

Both of these pairs of earrings feature gorgeous enamelled discs by the fabulous Kimberley Rogers of Numinosity Beads and earwires by Lucy Haslam (a professional copper basher) of  Faerystone. This first pair echo the warm coppery tones of the copper washers, and I just added a jump ring wrapped with teeny tiny coppery seed beads.



This second pair have such a pretty lilac colour on the discs. I thought I'd pick this up in the lilac seed beads. Finished these off with some semi-wrapped handmade copper hoops from a design by Cindy Wimmer of  The Missing Link (a great wire-wrapping book)

Hope you like them! They'll be available over on The Jewellery Show on Facebook on the 25th Sept. See you in a couple of weeks

14 comments:

  1. Gosh they're lovely. And I'm sure the bashing did you a world of good. Need I guess whose head? Teresa?

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    1. Thank You! Now you know I remain ever so quiet about politics so I couldn't possibly comment ��

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  2. I love that you can make beautiful jewelry with copper washers!! Fabulous!!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! Not as sophisticated as your beautiful copper pieces but I'm happy with them :-)

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  3. "professional copper basher" ha! I love that! Copper washers are the best. They take texture so well. Love them with the enameled charms. So pretty! Enjoy the day! Erin

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! I think that makes me an unprofessional copper basher!

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  4. Yep, I do love them! I had to laugh... "professional copper basher". I can just picture Lucy, bashing like a woman with a mission.

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    1. Me too Janine! I have a very vivid image of her in my mind :-)

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  5. Sue, the earrings are so much fun, and pretty to boot! And I'm one who also believes firmly in copper-bashing, so these are right up my alley. It's so great to see you here at EE! :) xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Meridy! It's lovely to be here xx

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