Turquoise Teardrop Copper Necklace

pendant measures 1.25"

pendant measures 1.25"

 

Every time warm weather season approaches I can’t help but think about turquoise and copper jewelry. Simple clean lines are perfect for warm weather and this uncomplicated necklace fits the bill. Easy on the budget, easy to make, and easy to wear, it’s also lightweight. Take it along on your summer vacation. It will look great with your whole wardrobe. 

Directions

step 1 - To make the pendant frame, cut four inches of 12 gauge copper wire. With a Sharpie, mark 1 5/8” from each cut end. 

step 2 - Fold on the marks pressing the wire over a plastic card, creating 90 degree angles. Using a card instead of pliers will minimize scratches on the wire.

step 2 - Fold on the marks pressing the wire over a plastic card, creating 90 degree angles. Using a card instead of pliers will minimize scratches on the wire.

step 3 - Bend the left and right wires together to form a triangle. Flatten the wire with a chasing hammer.

step 3 - Bend the left and right wires together to form a triangle. Flatten the wire with a chasing hammer.

step 4 - Position round nose pliers at each cut wire end. Create equal curls to the back of the pendant. The sharp edge of each curl should be flush against the back of the flattened wire with enough of a loop for threading the cord. With a Sharpie, place marks .50” down from the curls on the front side of the frame.

step 4 - Position round nose pliers at each cut wire end. Create equal curls to the back of the pendant. The sharp edge of each curl should be flush against the back of the flattened wire with enough of a loop for threading the cord. With a Sharpie, place marks .50” down from the curls on the front side of the frame.

step 5 - Cut the 26 gauge wire to measure 10”. Slip the turquoise bead onto the center of the wire.

step 5 - Cut the 26 gauge wire to measure 10”. Slip the turquoise bead onto the center of the wire.

step 6 - Use painters tape to wrap around the frame and bead to hold it together. This will keep the bead from moving during wire wrapping.

step 6 - Use painters tape to wrap around the frame and bead to hold it together. This will keep the bead from moving during wire wrapping.

step 7 - Starting at the Sharpie mark and working up, wrap the left of the frame, front to back, ten times with the 26 gauge wire. Repeat on the right side. Snip off wire tails and smooth the sharp edges around the frame using needle nose pliers. Remove the painters tape. Use alcohol to wipe away the Sharpie marks.

step 7 - Starting at the Sharpie mark and working up, wrap the left of the frame, front to back, ten times with the 26 gauge wire. Repeat on the right side. Snip off wire tails and smooth the sharp edges around the frame using needle nose pliers. Remove the painters tape. Use alcohol to wipe away the Sharpie marks.

step 8 - Cut a piece of suede cord to the desired length. Slip one end through the curls in the frame.

step 8 - Cut a piece of suede cord to the desired length. Slip one end through the curls in the frame.

step 9 - Bring the cord ends together and slip on three jump rings. Slide them down to the pendant.

step 9 - Bring the cord ends together and slip on three jump rings. Slide them down to the pendant.

step 10 - Finish the raw cord ends by folding them over .50” to form a loop. Hold the fold together with needle nose pliers. Insert a small length of 26 gauge wire under the pliers so that the end is held securely with the cord.

step 10 - Finish the raw cord ends by folding them over .50” to form a loop. Hold the fold together with needle nose pliers. Insert a small length of 26 gauge wire under the pliers so that the end is held securely with the cord.

step 11 - Wrap the wire very tightly around the cord seven times. Cut off the excess wire and trim the cord with scissors. Smooth the sharp wire ends with needle nose pliers. Attach a jump ring through each cord loop and connect the clasp

step 11 - Wrap the wire very tightly around the cord seven times. Cut off the excess wire and trim the cord with scissors. Smooth the sharp wire ends with needle nose pliers. Attach a jump ring through each cord loop and connect the clasp



Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • 26 gauge round copper wire

  • 12 gage round copper wire

  • suede cord

  • Sharpie

  • Copper toggle clasp

  • 6mm copper jump rings

  • painters tape

  • scissors

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and cutters

  • jewelry bench block and chasing hammer

Miscellaneous

  • Isopropyl Alcohol

  • soft cloth


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