Beading / Jewelry
Fold-Formed Pendant & Faceted Bead Necklace
If you're interested in metal jewelry-making, then check out this project which entails heating copper sheeting to create a beautiful, folded pendant.
- Copper sheet, 22-gauge, 3”x2”
- Beadalon Gunmetal Artistic Wire, 18-gauge
- Connie Crystal Octagon beads, 14mm, two
- Polyform Sculpey Premo! Accents Bronze Clay
- Antique copper chain, 24” length
- Large copper jump ring
- Chasing hammer, 4” square steel bench block, nylon hammer, and tin snips
- Bernzomatic Propane Torch and Propane
- Beadalon Designer Ergo cutter, chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers
- Clay knife, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
- Ph Down Pool Chemical (diluted in water to create pickle solution)
- Polyform Sculpey Glossy Glaze
- DecoArt Americana Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
- Liver of Sulfur
- Power Punch
- safety glasses, torch lighter, small paintbrush, steel wool, bowl of cold water, black marker, nail buffing block, clay blade, scrap piece of wire
- 1. Necklace is a 27" length.
- 1. Place copper sheet on fire brick and heat to dull orange glow using torch. Dip in bowl of water to cool. Dry copper, fold in half, and place on steel bench block. Use flat side of chasing hammer to flatten fold.
- 2. Use tin snips to cut half-oval shape out of folded copper. Hammer both sides of folded piece using ball end of chasing hammer, making sure not to strike fold itself.
- 3. Heat piece again as needed and continue to hammer texture into both sides of piece until desired level of texture has been achieved.
- 4. Heat one more time and use chain-nose pliers to pry open folded piece to reveal hammered texture leaf shape. Use Power Punch to punch hole in top edge just off center.
- 5. Pickle leaf by placing in pickle solution and allowing to sit for approximately five minutes. Rinse in fresh water and dry.
- 6. Use steel wool to clean surface of copper. Dip piece in Liver of Sulfur solution following manufacturer's instructions. Use steel wool again to remove excess oxidization from surface of leaf, bringing out copper highlights.
- 7. Cut two 4" Gunmetal wire lengths. Wrap one length around round-nose pliers to create loop in one end, then wrap opposite end around round-nose pliers three times to create top spiral. Use chain-nose pliers to open loop at bottom and open loop through top of Octagon crystal. Use round-nose pliers on second piece of wire to create loop on one end of wire and begin spiral on opposite end. Use chain-nose pliers to make spiral four wraps thick. Use chain-nose pliers to open loop at top of wire piece and thread open loop through bottom of Octagon crystal. Attach crystal to leaf pendant using large copper jump ring.
- 8. Cut 1/8 block of clay in half. Use clay knife to cut small pieces of clay from edge of blocks to create faceted beads. Pierce hole on center using wire scrap. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake beads on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Paint beads Burnt Umber and let dry. Use nail buffing block to distress edges of beads, removing paint. Apply Glossy Glaze; let dry.
- 9. Cut two 3" Gunmetal wire lengths. Wrap one length around round-nose pliers to create loop in one end. Thread bead onto eye pin, then wrap opposite end around round-nose pliers to create loop at other end. Use nylon hammer to hammer loops to harden. Repeat for second bead.
- 10. Open one loop on either end of beads to attach second Octagon crystal between beads. Assemble necklace as shown, using chain, beads, and pendant.
- 1. Put small line of Black Sharpie marker on copper sheet prior to heating. When piece is fully heated to proper temperature, the mark will disappear while in the heating process.