So this unfinished necklace has a wonderful story. And if you’d have ever told me that I’d be designing jewelry with my machinist brother, I’d have said,’You’re nuts!’ However, he’s been very interested and supportive of what I do and gave me a 10 foot roll of copper tubing to play with. A couple of weeks ago, he brought me some cooper pieces he’d stamped using tools in the shop where he works. Asked me what I thought and what ideas I had for designs. So after some discussion about my idea for a tube bead necklace, he took a length of the tubing back to the shop and cut it into beads and stamped on the designs and brought me back the results. Voila! Here’s a partial necklace made from some of the work after they were oxidized, scrubbed with OOOO steel wool and shined with a polishing cloth. Used a product called Renaissance Wax (developed at the British Museum research department for use on museum pieces) to protect the patina. I’m thinking I’ll finish it off with some purchased chain but with a hand made clasp to keep the organic look. I love the faintly Asian look to the design as well. Way to go, bro!
To see the finished necklace, go to the Custom page.
And, this necklace and story was featured in the Jewelry Business Success newsletter last month. Thank you, Rena!
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