Sculpted Metal Bead Necklace
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a beautiful beaded necklace of your own.
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Project by Elaine Woodhouse.
stainless steel forcep clamp
StazOn black solvent ink pad
Excel pounce wheel
Lasting Impressions embossing stylus
assorted small and large beads
Carvedstamps.com 36 gauge foil: copper, brass
Carvedstamps.com stamps: Lines B-0003, Dear Dorothy B-0019
1. Cut brass and copper foil into strips, approximately 1" x 3" (number of strips required will depend on the length of necklace preferred) (figure A).
2. Cut one piece of copper approx. 1-3/4" x 3-1/2."
3. Divide metal strips to crimp, emboss or stamp.
5. To emboss: Place metal on embossing pad. Using stylus, free-hand draw designs. Add "perforated" texture with pounce wheel (figure D).
6. To stamp: Stamp metal foil using StazOn ink.
7. When working with copper, you can then add patina by applying heat. To add patina: Hold metal with forcep clamp. METAL GETS EXTREMELY HOT! Heat with butane torch for a few seconds (figure E). Allow metal to cool for approximately 20 seconds before touching.
8. Cut wire approximately 7 inches in length. Thread through center of bead and hook around to secure. Wrap wire around metal, adding small decorative beads. Finish by tucking end of wire into metal to secure (figure F).
9. Cut waxed thread to desired length. Alternate sculpted metal beads with large decorative beads (figure G), placing larger metal bead in the center. Secure end of necklace with a knot.
Wrap wire tightly and leave plenty to secure at beginning and end
Always use 100% copper (avoid copper-colored tin). Make sure the gauge you are using fits the project.
Coloring the copper takes only a few seconds! Avoid over-heating. The copper will turn orange, red, blue and then purple. When over-heated, it will turn silver.
Follow these steps to create your own custom, whimsical necklace using silver wire and handmade glass beads.