Jewelry Tutorial: copper soldering pendant Butterfly wing

You need:

  1. Agate cabochon 13x18 cm
  2. Copper bead 3 mm
  3. Copper wire 16 gauge - 55 cm
  4. Copper wire 18 gauge - 30 cm
  5. Copper wire 28 gauge - 150 cm
  6. Chain nose pliers
  7. Round nose pliers
  8. Wire cutters
  9. Hammer
  10. Miniature Horn Anvil
  11. File
  12. Butane torch
  13. Board for soldering
  14. Copper-phosphorus solder Felder 94
  15. Maas Polishing Creme and Polishing pads
  16. Citric acid
  17. Liver of sulfur
  18. Rustins laquer for metal


How to protect copper from dimming

  I like to work with copper. It's absolutely wonderful metal. And especially I like its gentle pink color, like the color of human skin. But the copper dims quickly on the air without special protection.
And I have one advice how to avoid this.

After careful polishing with polish paste or pillows, I use a special Maas metal polish cream.

 Apply a bit of cream on a dry cloth and rub the copper. Wash the jewelry with warm water and soap.

But this is not enough. I put 2 layers of special metal lacquer Rustins on the copper. The second layer should be applied 4-8 hours after the first. Now your copper jewelry is securely protected.


Twisted wire

This is very easy way of making nice twisted wire. We should use soft wire, engraver, vice and hook.

 Fold the wire in half and press 2 end in the vice. Pull the hook into the loop and engage the engraver at low speed.

 If you use too thick wire, it's best to rotate it manually, not a tool. This twisted wire is too hard. So you can use butane torch to heat it and make it soft. 


Free tutorial - Large copper earrings without soldering - DIY project

Tools and Supplies:
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer
  • Miniature Horn Anvil
  • File
  • Maas Polishing Creme
  • Polishing pads
  • Liver of sulfur
  • 16-gauge copper wire – 30 cm
  • 18-gauge copper wire - 60 cm
  • 20-gauge copper wire - 16 cm
  • 26-gauge copper wire - 3 m
  • copper beads 3 mm – 2 items
  • copper beads 5 mm – 2 items
  • faceted briolettes 8x12 mm - 2 items

        I like to work with copper. This is a great metal. It can change its properties. Sometimes I can make it soft, sometimes it's hard. And I'm absolutely in love with this light pink color. It combines well with green and blue-colored stones.


Wire earrings tutorial

  I noticed that there were disastrously few tutorials about earrings on the network. They must be simple, accessible, but at the same time elegant and made of metal. And I made this tutorial! Without soldering and special tools! Freeform silver earrings with pearls and any briolettes. I hope this is exactly what the wire wrapping community was waiting for. 15$ and it it available in my Etsy shop here


Sculptures - my love!

I did a great cleaning today and found my old photos. Lol! Look at those cheeks!  I was a bit thick in 2000. This photo is from my first exhibition. At that time, I was 21 years old and I was doing pretty sculptures of paper. Sculpture - my favorite genre for many years, as it turned out.


Twisting the base for hair pin

We must use very strong wire 7-8 gauge (3-3,5 mm) for hair pins. Because they have to withstand the load. But working with such a thick wire is difficult. But if you heat the copper, it becomes soft and flexible. And this makes the life of wire worker much easier.

Use a very large hammer to make it flat.

Use butane torch to heat the wire to the red light.

 Repeat again to beat with a hammer and heat. 
After the heating (until the wire is soft), use a bench vise and big pliers.

Hold the wire and twist it.

The ends of the wire are very scratched now. But the hairpins should be smooth.

Use files to make them smooth from rough to small.

And use Rubber Polishing Wheel for making it ideal!

Then you can solder any parts to the top of the hairpin. Clear in the solution of citric acid. And I beat it by a rubber hammer to turn it back to strength after heating.