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15 Jewelry Designs Using Metal

Primitive Treasure Necklace Project

Primitive Treasure Necklace

I enjoy working with a mixed media–this particular piece is an example of that. A woven waxed cord with 28 of my wire wrapped lampwork beads, each with a malachite bead on each pin. I’ve ended the woven work inside 2 domed lampwork caps. Soldered sterling silver rings hold my handmade centrepiece of textured copper […]

Copper And Jasper Earrings Project

Copper And Jasper Earrings

I started this project with a sheet of copper. I cut 2 large circles and drilled a hole on the top and bottom. I then used a doming block to give it shape. I attached 4 links of copper chain to the bottom hole. I added 4-5mm jasper beads and a gold bead to the […]

Steampunk Lace Necklace Project

Steampunk Lace Necklace

I like combining steampunk elements, such as gears and chain, with my own flair to create something unique. This necklace measures 18 inches and combines gold plated chain, copper rounds, silver plated rounds, copper Swarovski crystals, and metal gears in shades of antiqued gold, pewter, and copper. The gears are connected with jump rings in […]

Washer Necklace Project

Washer Necklace

To create my “washer” necklace, I took two washers commonly found at your local hardware store. I used 2 different sizes, and hammered them to give them texture. I then attached them to an olive green suede cord. I added a few additional beads, and then attached a toggle clasp using 18 gauge wire.

Bones Necklace Project

Bones Necklace

These necklaces consists of a metal pendant strung on leather cord with a flattened metal tube bead. The leather is long enough that you can either wear it as a long necklace, or wrap it around your neck another loop and wear it as a choker. The metal is oxidized in a way reminiscent of […]

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Hammered Brass Disc Earrings Project

Hammered Brass Disc Earrings

Antiqued brass donut / disc beads are the main feature of these earrings.  Wire-wrapped dangles with green Czech fire-polished glass beads provide movement and contrast. It’s a simple design but striking, and the oxidation gives them an vintage look.

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Patra’s Strut Egyptian Necklace Project

Patra’s Strut Egyptian Necklace

I love anything Egyptian. Some of the pieces I design will have a hint or full inspiration of this beautiful civilization. This bib-style necklace took just a little time to make as I did the measurements freehand. I wanted it to lay gradually with the focal point being the etched brass pendants with matte gold […]

Make Love Not War Earrings Project

Make Love Not War Earrings

Yes, I know… the 60’s are over. But some might say that the era represented not just a time but a mindset… and couldn’t we use a little 60’s mindset right now? I know *I* could. I bought these little stamped brass flower charms awhile ago and the first incarnation featured small blackstone rondelles. This […]

Pearl & Sterling Treasure Necklace Project

Pearl & Sterling Treasure Necklace

This necklace reminds us of an oyster opening up, full of a pearly treasure! A sterling silver teardrop focal is hammered, textured and formed by hand, then oxidized and polished to bring out the gorgeous pattern. It is accented with peacock colored freshwater pearls, an almond twisted Swarovski pearl, and a single small white jade […]

Silver Disc Ceramic Earrings Project

Silver Disc Ceramic Earrings

I created these earrings using beads which I have only recently discovered through a friend – metalized ceramic. The discs are actually sterling silver plated ceramic, so they are lightweight and relatively cheaper than solid sterling silver beads. I combined the shiny silver with a simple black glass bead as this is always a classic […]

China Plate Bracelet Project

China Plate Bracelet

This charm bracelet reminds me of those beautiful blue and white China plates, the ones with the images of arched bridges, gardens and Willow trees. The bracelet consists of porcelain charms, lampwork beads, crazy blue and white striped Czech seed beads, rounded chunky brass chain, aged brass charms, and a toggle closure in hammered brass.

Hammered Aluminum Earrings Project

Hammered Aluminum Earrings

I started with a sheet of aluminum from the hardware store. I cut out 2 circles and filed the edges. Then I used a doming block to give it a nice dome shape. I hand painted them with acrylic paint and sprayed them with a sealer. I used a hole punch to add a hole […]

Freeform Wire Earrings Project

Freeform Wire Earrings

I love the physicality of working with wire; bending, coiling, twisting, making it do what I want it to do, and I made these earrings using 24 gauge Artistic Wire (permanently colored copper wire) in aqua and lemon hand coiled on a narrow mandrel. I made the headpin by making three tiny coils on one […]

Asymmetrical Silver Bracelet Project

Asymmetrical Silver Bracelet

I made this bracelet with a wealth of silver elements, some of which were made by me. I have added a unique half aqua and half silver glass rectangular connector. There is also a charm made with an aqua tiger’s eye stone, and the same stone can be found in a silver beadring near the […]

Neo-victorian Serpentine And Frosted Glass Necklace Project

Neo-victorian Serpentine And Frosted Glass Necklace

For this necklace I started with a serpentine (new jade) cabochon and put it under a large antique brass hoop. I used a piece of oxidized brass filigree as backing to hold it in place. For accent beads I used a few smaller matching serpentine jade beads and some flat oval beads made of frosted […]

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